Ex Snooker Professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the outright market in this week's ManBetX Welsh Open.
<h2 style="text-align:center">Date: 11/02/2019</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Time: 09:30</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Venue : Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Channel: Eurosport and BBC Wales</h2><p> </p><h2>Preview</h2><p>The Motorpoint Arena has hosted this event for the last four years, however the Welsh Open has a rich history going back to 1992. John Higgins in particular will be hoping it jolts him out of a season long slump since losing in last year’s World Championship final and with five previous titles he will have plenty of endorphins to help.</p><p>Ronnie O'Sullivan is four times a champion and has an affinity with this event and he comes to Cardiff on the back of an ultra consistent season and will take the beating as favourite.</p><p>Proud Welshman and reigning World Champion Mark Williams will be motivated to win in his home country but his snooker has been missing it’s cutting edge for the last few months as he parties strong on his worldwide tour.</p><p>Former World and Welsh Open champions Mark Selby and Neil Robertson look close to their best and due a big tournament win.</p><p>Neither Mark Allen or Judd Trump have won this great event but they both arrive with two major titles to their name this season and in great form.</p><p>Two former champions Ali Carter and Stuart Bingham actually play each other in the opening round, while another Ding Junhui has not looked liked winning a tournament all year.</p><p>Dangerous players in the draw are David Gilbert who looks set for his first ranking title soon. Yuan Sijun made an excellent impression at last weeks World Grand Prix and the week before in the Tempedrom, Berlin, beating former world champions John Higgins and Mark Williams. Should he win his opening match and we have the mouth watering prospect of a second round encounter with Ronnie O'Sullivan and whose to say he won’t complete the hat trick of forty plus world champions.</p><p> </p><h2>Key Stats & Facts</h2><p>John Higgins is a five time winner, Ronnie O'Sullivan four and Mark Williams twice are the multiple winners.</p><p>Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire, Ding Junhui, Ali Carter and Stuart Bingham have all won once.</p><p>The most memorable moment to many in this great event was Ronnie O'Sullivan wrapping up his 2014 win with a fabulous maximum 147 break in the final frame.</p><p> </p><h2>Betting Odds</h2><p>* Ronnie O'Sullivan 11/4</p><p>* Judd Trump 13/2</p><p>* Mark Selby 7/1</p><p>* Mark Allen 14/1</p><p>* Mark Williams 14/1</p><p>* Kyren Wilson 14/1</p><p>* Neil Robertson 14/1</p><p>* Ding Junhui 18/1</p><p>* John Higgins 18/1</p><p>* 20/1 bar</p><p> </p><h2>Verdict</h2><p>The first player I like is Belgium’s Luca Brecel who showed signs of beating defending champion Mark Allen at the Masters that his slump was coming to an end, when he plays well the “Belgian Bullet” had the respect of his peers and just the sort to breeze through the best of 7 frames format in the early rounds.</p><p>Kyren Wilson is an interesting prospect back who will be desperate to win so he can add to the two ranking titles already this season. He had to change the ferrule on his cue after winning the German Masters which is far from ideal but with the easiest draw imaginable in the early rounds he has time to adjust and this most consistent of professional's is never be far away at the business end of events.</p><p> </p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><p>0.5 each way - Kyren Wilson 14/1 at <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18">Bet365</a></p><p>0.2 each way – Luca Brecel 66/1 at <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18">Bet365</a></p>