Paul Hunter Classic Snooker Preview and Betting Predictions

Craig Edwards

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:09 AM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 8:09 AM UTC

Two veterans from the Paul Hunter era to roll back the years this weekend in Germany 

<div><h2><strong>Paul Hunter Classic </strong></h2><p><strong>April 24-25<br />Stadthalle, Furth, Germany</strong></p><h2><strong>Introduction</strong></h2><p>In 2004, this tournament began under the name of the Grand Prix Furth with the late Paul Hunter as the inaugural winner beating his great friend Matthew Stevens in the final. Sadly, in 2006, Paul Hunter passed away at the tender age of twenty-seven when in the prime of his career. From 2007, the tournament took his name in tribute for the recognition of the achievements and manner the triple masters champion from Leeds played. Always a well loved young man, his passing was felt throughout the snooker world and family. He will always be remembered by the Paul Hunter Foundation which aims to give disadvantaged able-bodied and disabled youngsters the opportunity to play snooker.</p><p>This year the tournament has reverted back to an invitation only event for sixteen players, rather than a ranking tournament. The draw has several established top 16 performers like Kyren Wilson, Shaun Murphy, Barry Hawkins, David Gilbert, Joe Perry and Luca Brecel. There are plenty of recognisable names for snooker followers with three young talented amateur's Florian Nusselle, Ben Mertens and Ryan Davies to add extra spice.</p><h2><strong>Draw</strong></h2><p><strong>Kyren Wilson v Florian Nusselle </strong></p><p><strong>Matt Selt v Dominic Dale</strong></p><p><strong>Luca Brecel v Ken Doherty </strong></p><p><strong>Shaun Murphy v TBC</strong></p><p><strong>David Gilbert v Michael Holt </strong></p><p><strong>Joe Perry v Ben Mertens </strong></p><p><strong>Mark King v Ryan Davies</strong></p><p><strong>Barry Hawkins v Matthew Stevens </strong></p><p><strong><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></strong></p><h2><strong>Betting Predictions and Tips </strong></h2><p>This tournament is not a normal ranking event that we are used to on the World Snooker schedule, and with that information in mind, we have to use that to our advantage. Best of 7 frames from the round of 16 through to the final is a short format and all the professionals will be fancying their chances this weekend. There will be no pressure from prize money/ranking points, and this, I believe will be a leveller for the professionals so we will keep stakes small with some long priced selections.</p><p>I believe <strong>Matthew</strong> <strong>Stevens</strong> will be motivated to win and kick start his season due to his long friendship with Paul Hunter. They both turned professional together and were inseparable friends right through to Paul Hunter's passing. Up to that point, both players career’s were littered with big performances and tournament victories. The Welshman, Matthew Stevens, won two triple crown titles, a Masters and UK Championship while being runner up twice in the World Championships. His world ranking was at a career high for the beginning of the 2005/2006 season, but sadly his form left him after Paul Hunter’s passing. That said, he still proves he has class to compete and only twelve months ago in China he reached the semi final stage of the International Championship. At the price, I like a small each way bet on the Welshman rolling back the years for what would be an emotional victory.</p><p>The next outsider that I like is the Welshman, <strong>Dominic</strong> <strong>Dale</strong>, who has been struggling down the rankings in recent years. A winner of the 1997 Grand Prix and 2007 Shanghai Masters, he will be well suited to the exhibition nature of the event. An impressive winner in Sunday's qualifying round for the China Championship against current European Masters champion, Jimmy Robertson. This looks like a perfect opportunity to build his confidence. A student of the history of snooker, we can expect him to understand the importance of the event in recognising Paul Hunter and what he brought to the sport in his short career.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Matthew Stevens - each way @ 41.00 (40/1) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Dominic Dale – each way @ 81.00 (80/1) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p></div>
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