Ex snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews three matches for the Gibraltar Open and provides a tip on each.
<h2 style="text-align:center;">Giberaltar Open</h2><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Date : 13/03/2019<br />Venue : Victoria Centre, Gibraltar<br />Channel: Bet365 live stream</strong></p><p> </p><h2>Anthony McGill v Zhang Yong - 15/03/2019, 12:30</h2><p><strong>Head to Head 0-1</strong></p><p>Anthony McGill ended last season in the elite top 16 but <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/" target="_blank" title="Odds Market Sports Betting Tips">his form has been so poor this year</a> he is 79th on the one year provisional list. He suffered eight successive first round defeats in one particularly dreadful spell. The Scotsman did manage to break that bad run a couple of weeks ago winning his opening qualifying round for the China Open.</p><p>Zhang Yong started the season with promise beating the reigning world champion Mark Williams in the opening event the Riga Masters reaching the last 16 round in the process. Since though he has really struggled only winning six matches.</p><p>They have already played each other once this season at the Scottish Open when Zhang Yong ran out a 4-2 winner so at a generous price he is an easy selection to repeat the feat.</p><p><strong>Betting odds:</strong></p><ul> <li>Anthony McGill – 1/3 (1.33) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">@Bet365</a></li> <li>Zhang Yong – 12/5 (3.40) @Bet365</li></ul><p><strong>Recommended bets:</strong> Zhang Yong to beat Anthony McGill @12/5 (3.40) Bet365</p><p> </p><h2>Jamie Clarke v Lou Honghao – 15/03/2019, 11:00</h2><p><strong>Head to Head : 0-0</strong></p><p>An interesting match in prospect between two rookie professionals. First of all we will look at Jamie Clarke a twenty four year old Welshman who up to a month ago was something of a slow burner in fact he lost his first thirteen matches in ranking events this season. Then in the China Open pre qualifying he drew what looked one of the most difficult matches against the Thailand sensation Noppon Saengkham who the previous week at the Welsh Open made a televised maximum 147 break against Mark Selby. He surprised many winning reasonably comfortably and his week and season got a whole lot better the following weekend when he made the semi-final at the Shoot-out and in the process ten thousand valuable ranking points.</p><p>Lou Honghao took the English Open by storm earlier in the season reaching the Quarter final stage losing a close match to Ronnie O'Sullivan after earlier beating another former world champion Neil Robertson. At nineteen he looks a future talent but since he has struggled to make any headway, winning only a handful matches in ranking events. It takes time especially for any youngster to gather the required experience so no need to panic however, his confidence could probably do with a win or two before season end.</p><p>Last season Jamie Clarke pre qualified for the Gibraltar Open and then went on to reach the last 32 round winning four matches in total. Returning now with his tail is up I expect the good memories from last year will help and with Lou Honghao far from his best recently, we have the perfect recipe for Jamie Clarke to keep his good form going.</p><p><strong>Betting odds:</strong></p><ul> <li>Jamie Clarke – 2/1 (3.00) @Bet365</li> <li>Lou Honghao – 2/5 (1.40) @Bet365</li></ul><p><strong>Recommended bets:</strong> Jamie Clarke to beat Lou Honghao @2/1 (3.00) Bet365</p><p> </p><h2>Lee Walker v Yan Bingtao, 15/03/2019, 09:30</h2><p><strong>Head to head: 0-0</strong></p><p>A mix of experience versus youth here as a veteran Welsh professional plays an extremely talented nineteen year old Chinese professional. Lee Walker is forty three years of age and been a professional since 1994 and last year here was one of his career highlights when he reached the semi final. This season has been a struggle for the Welshman but he did reach the Quarter final at the Paul Hunter Classic.</p><p>Yan Bingtao last season announced his ability to the snooker world making the Northern Ireland Open final at the precocious age of seventeen. This season he has consolidated himself reasonably well in the professional ranks without setting the world alight but not managing to reach a quarter final in the process. I am sure he is disappointed and lost a little confidence however, “second season syndrome” as it’s known can be difficult after a brilliant rookie season can bring expectation.</p><p>The last half a dozen events Yan Bingtao level has dropped a little and Lee Walker will be a very awkward opponent.</p><p><strong>Betting Odds:</strong></p><ul> <li>Lee Walker – 2/1 (3.00) @Bet365</li> <li>Yan Bingtao – 2/5 (1.40) @Bet365</li></ul><p><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong> Lee Walker to beat Yan Bingtao @ 2/1 (3.00) Bet365</p>