International Championship Qualifiers Preview and Snooker Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:48 AM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 9:48 AM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Qualifying round to the International Championship delivering his best betting tips

<div><h2><strong>International Championship </strong></h2><p><strong>June 14th-17<sup>th</sup> at Ponds Forge, Sheffield</strong></p><h2><strong>Xu Si vs Andrew Higginson </strong></h2><p><strong>Monday 17<sup>th</sup> June, 15:30</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head 0-0</strong></p><p>Xu Si graduated at the first time of asking from Qualifying School which was no real surprise given he was one of the best players who needed to return. His pedigree of reaching the semi final of the 2017 Indian Open gives us more idea of the standard the Chinese player is capable of. We tipped him last week to beat Ali Carter in the Riga Masters qualifying and despite scoring the match highest break of 80 he never really competed which is no disgrace.</p><p>Andrew Higginson is about to start his twenty-fourth year on the snooker tour at the age of forty-one. In seventeen world ranking events last season he negotiated the opening round on nine occasions reaching the round of 16 in the English and Gibraltar Opens. In the Riga Masters he lost 0-4 to Grimsby's Stuart Carrington and in recent months his performances have been way below the level we have come to expect from him.</p><p>Both players badly in need of a win and we are going to opt for youth over experience and try and take advantage of Xu Si being the sharper player.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Xu Si to beat Andrew Higginson @ 1/1 (2.00) William Hill </strong></em></a></p><h2><strong>Lou Honghao v Mark Joyce</strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday 16<sup>th</sup>, 10:30</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head 0-0</strong></p><p>Mark Joyce suffered a horrendous season last year halting the progress of a promising career which had previously seen him reach the Quarter finals of snookers second most prestigious event the UK Championship. He played an invitation tournament prior to this current season in Austria where he displayed sublime form, winning the tournament and making a maximum 147 break. In the Riga Masters a few days ago he continued that improvement, turning around the match momentum with a second frame clearance against Sam Baird to win comfortably.</p><p>Lou Honghao qualified for the final stages of the World Snooker Championship in April winning what looked the hardest qualifying section with three impressive victories. The Crucible then turned into a nightmare experience for the Chinese teenager losing 0-10 to Shaun Murphy. His Riga Masters match against qualifying school graduate Barry Pinches was a tough one and he did well to fend off the veteran.</p><p>I like this match to go over the frames with two players in good form from the Riga Masters. I was surprised to see Mark Joyce second favourite by such a clear margin so a small value bet on him also.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Mark Joyce v Lou Honghao – Over 9.5 frames @ 11/10 (2.10) William Hill </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Mark Joyce to beat Lou Honghao @ 6/5 (2.20) Bet365</strong></em></a></p><h2><strong>Joe O'Connor v Joe Perry </strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday 16<sup>th</sup>, 20:30</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head 0-1</strong></p><p>World Snooker’s “Rookie of the Year” recipient Joe O'Connor started the new season against former World Champion Peter Ebdon in similar fashion with an impressive win. The 4-3 victory proves again what a tough all round match player Joe O'Connor has become at twenty-three years of age. Last year’s Welsh semi finalist already has wins over John Higgins (twice), Kyren Wilson and Ding Junhui.</p><p>Joe Perry is the consummate professional whose consistency and durability are to be admired. One of the hardest draws on the circuit “Gentleman Joe” reached last season’s European Masters final and beat World Champion Judd Trump in the UK Championship. He starts the season ranked just outside the world's elite top 16 but it would be no surprise to see him back there in a few months.</p><p>I think we can expect a tough match between two of the circuits toughest match players and over the frames looks the value play.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Joe O'Connor v Joe Perry - Over 9.5 frames @ 13/10 (2.30) William Hill </strong></em></a></p></div>
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