Northern Ireland Open Snooker Preview and Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Friday, November 8, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

A trio of Chinese talent expect to upset the seeds in Belfast 

<div><h2 style="text-align:center">Northern Ireland Snooker Open</h2><div><div style="text-align:center"><strong>Waterfront Hall, Belfast</strong></div><div style="text-align:center"> </div><div style="text-align:center"><h2 style="text-align:left"><strong>Craig Steadman v Bai Langning</strong></h2><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Betting Odds: </strong></p><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Craig Steadman 1.30 (3/10) Betfair<br />Bai Langning 3.75 (11/4) Bet365 </strong></p><p style="text-align:left">Craig Steadman started his professional snooker career nearly twenty years ago. It would be accurate to describe Steadman as a journeyman professional with three last 16 finishes the highlight of his career. A couple of weeks ago at the Yushan World Open, he reached the round of 32 losing to the eventual runner-up Thepchayia un-Nooh.</p><p style="text-align:left">Bai Langning is another Chinese sensation in the long conveyor belt of teenage talent that is emerging. This is his rookie season and there already has been encouragement with a victory over Jimmy White at the English Open. At the Yushan World Open the week before last he lost a close match to the Riga Masters champion, Yan Bingtao. I watched the match and was impressed with his game for a seventeen-year-old, in fact, it was only a little inexperience in the deciding frame that stopped him from closing the win.</p><p style="text-align:left">At a price of 3.75, this is a perfect match to support the unexposed youngster over the journeyman professional in the short format of seven frames.</p><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></p><p style="text-align:left"><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Bai Langning to beat Craig Steadman @ 3.75 (11/4) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:left"><em><strong><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></strong></em></p><h2 style="text-align:left"><strong>John Higgins v Chang Bingyu </strong></h2><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Betting Odds </strong></p><p style="text-align:left"><strong>John Higgins 1.17 (1/6) Betway<br />Chang Bingyu 5.50 (9/2) Paddy Power</strong></p><p style="text-align:left">Four times champion of the World, John Higgins has been solid rather than spectacular in the early stages of the 2019/2020 season. Winner of the World Cup for Scotland with his good friend, Stephen Maguire he reached the Yushan World Open semi-final before a quarter-final defeat to his old adversary Ronnie O'Sullivan last week in the Champion of Champions.</p><p style="text-align:left">Chang Bingyu is another exciting teenage talent and like Langning only seventeen years old. He has more experience than his compatriot with several impressive results playing in the Chinese events of last season. He has accumulated an impressive list of scalps beating Mark Davis, Tom Ford, Robert Milkins and Jimmy Robertson (twice).</p><p style="text-align:left">John Higgins was disappointed with his play at the Champion of Champions last week and has a quick turnaround for this week in Belfast. At an attractive price of 5.50 Chang Bingyu is worth supporting to add an even bigger name in the sport to his already impressive list of scalps.</p><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></p><p style="text-align:left"><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Chang Bingyu to beat John Higgins @ 5.50 (9/2) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p><h2 style="text-align:left"><strong>Stuart Bingham v Lu Ning</strong></h2><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Betting Odds:</strong></p><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Stuart Bingham 1.33 (1/3) Betfair<br />Lu Ning 3.60 (13/5) William Hill </strong></p><p style="text-align:left">Last week at the Champion of Champions Stuart Bingham looked under the weather, suffering from cold. The frequent travel for Snooker's hardest working professional is never easy and the regular time-zone changes for travel from China takes its toll. A slow starter to the current season he does excel in the home nation events and the best of 7 frames format.</p><p style="text-align:left">Lu Ning had a superb 2018/2019 season reaching the Gibraltar Open semi-final and the Indian Open quarter-final. A slow starter to the current season he lost a close match in the Yushan World Open to John Higgins in his last event.</p><p style="text-align:left">In reaching the quarter-final of the Indian Open, Lu Ning managed to beat Stuart Bingham 4-3 on the black. Bingham is always to be respected in home nations event but often vulnerable in the opening round. Depending on his health he may arrive in Belfast short of practice offering a chance for Ning to kick start his season.</p><p style="text-align:left"><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></p><p style="text-align:left"><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><strong>Lu Ning to beat Stuart Bingham @ 3.60 (13/5) William Hill </strong></a></p></div></div></div>
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