Evergrande China Championship Betting Tips and Predictions

Craig Edwards

Friday, September 20, 2019 7:38 AM UTC

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019 7:38 AM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards previews the Evergrande China Championship Outright and Quarter markets

<div><h2><strong>Evergrande China Championship </strong></h2><p><strong>September 23-29<br />Guangzhou</strong></p><h2><strong>Introduction </strong></h2><p>This week in Guangzhou the China Championship completes the September China Swing on the World Snooker calendar. Several players have spent the last four weeks out in Asia and the three previous winners taking part are John Higgins, Luca Brecel and Mark Selby. In its fourth year the only top player to not enter this tournament is Ronnie O'Sullivan and the players are competing for a £150,000 first prize.</p><h2><strong>Quarter One</strong></h2><p>Defending champion Mark Selby heads this section with the Number One seeding that comes with being the defending champion. This season he appears close to his best as he battled valiantly at the International Championship in reaching the semi final only to lose 3-9 to Judd Trump. Over the years the ‘Jester from Leicester’ has played well, winning on several occasions in China so I respect his chance but at the price he is easy to pass.</p><p><strong>Yan</strong> <strong>Bingtao</strong> could prove a troublesome opponent for the triple world champion in the round of 16. The Chinese teenager has started to fulfil his promise winning this season’s opening event the Riga Masters. Last week at the Shanghai Masters he could count himself unlucky to lose 5-6 to Barry Hawkins on the final black in a match of the highest quality.</p><p>The bottom half of the Quarter is full of talented young Chinese players with Lyu Haotian, Xiao Guodong and Zhao Xintong. The problem they have is their hero/master, Ding Junhui is in the Quarter and they all struggle mentally with the task of beating him. The winner from the Chinese contingent could all find themselves struggling to beat Englishman <strong>Barry</strong> <strong>Hawkins</strong> who looked in superb form last week and has a good head to head against Ding.</p><h2><strong>Quarter Two</strong></h2><p>In the top half John Higgins looks to have an easier than average passage to the Quarter finals although his fellow countrymen and former world champion Graeme Dott beat him at the International and they could clash again in the round of 16 this week. <strong>Graeme</strong> <strong>Dott</strong> has been playing well for a few months now and will fancy his chances of another victory over his compatriot.</p><p>The bottom half of the Quarter looks jam packed with top players as Yuan Sijun and Shaun Murphy cross swords again in the opening match after a high quality first round match at the International Championship. Shaun Murphy has been in superb form reaching the last two finals at the International Championship and Shanghai Masters, if fatigue doesn't set in he has to be respected. The winner will probably play Australian Neil Robertson who performed well in reaching the semi-final of the Shanghai Masters last week.</p><h2><strong>Quarter Three</strong></h2><p>This quarter looks wide open and rather weak looking with Mark Williams the highest ranked player in the top half that contains previous champion <strong>Luca</strong> <strong>Brecel</strong>. There are three outsiders already in good form this season currently in the top half. They are Welshman Jak Jones who has already beaten Ali Carter and Mark Williams, Mark Joyce the Riga Masters runner up and <strong>Lou</strong> <strong>Honghao,</strong> who appears to be building on a promising rookie season.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Two players stand out in the bottom section. Northern Irishman Mark Allen who plays well in China over the years, winning last season’s International Championship. Then I want to consider <strong>David</strong> <strong>Gilbert</strong> who has taken his game to the next level in the past fifteen months reaching two overseas ranking finals and a semi final appearance at the World Championships. A tough opening match against Marco Fu awaits Gilbert but should he make it through he has every chance.</p><h2><strong>Quarter Four</strong></h2><p>The top half of this quarter has England's World Cup teammates Kyren Wilson and Jack Lisowski as the leading candidates. Jack Lisowski looked in particularly good form at the Shanghai Masters last week beating Mark Selby 6-1 In the round of 16. He looks on course for a Quarter Final showdown with good friend and new World Champion Judd Trump who dominates the bottom half of the Quarter. <strong>Jack</strong> <strong>Lisowski</strong> is one of the few players who has a good head to head record against his friend and offers value to win the Quarter at (9.00).</p><h2><strong>Outright </strong></h2><p>Just the one outright bet advised at this point and that is <strong>Graeme</strong> <strong>Dott</strong> who appears to be ignored by the bookmakers this week in China. The Scot has been playing well for a few months now and is a player comfortable winning matches against the two best players in his quarter, John Higgins and Neil Robertson.</p><p>Two players who I considered seriously were <strong>Shaun</strong> <strong>Murphy</strong> and <strong>David</strong> <strong>Gilbert</strong> however, both have difficult opening matches and I prefer to see them progress through that round before betting. Other players who caught my eye at big prices were Luca Brecel, Yan Bingtao and Lou Honghao.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Graeme Dott – each way @ 126.00 (125/1) Unibet </strong></em></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Barry Hawkins to win Quarter One @ 4.50 (7/2) Boylesports </strong></em></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Jack Lisowski to win Quarter Four @ 9.00 (8/1) Boylesports</strong></em></a></p></div>
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