Scottish Open Snooker 1st Round Matches Top Tips

Craig Edwards

Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:32 AM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 9:32 AM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards previews the first-round matches at the Scottish Open for

<div><h2><b>SCOTTISH OPEN Snooker</b></h2><div><p><strong>Emirates Arena, Glasgow</strong></p><h2><strong>Luca</strong> <strong>Brecel</strong> <strong>v</strong> <strong>Martin</strong> <strong>Gould</strong></h2><div><strong>Monday, December 9<sup>th</sup>, 19:00</strong></div><p><strong>Head to Head: 0-3<br />Betting Odds: Luca Brecel 1.66 (4/6), Martin Gould 2.20 (6/5)</strong></p><p>The 2016 German Masters final saw these two players cross swords with Martin Gould beating Luca Brecel 9-6. It is fair to say with the exception of winning last season's Championship League Gould’s career has been in decline since. Part of the reason was his decision not to play a full quota of tournaments in the 2018/2019 season, the upshot of that is Gould is now in danger of dropping out the world's top 64 and losing his playing privileges. The new season has been poor so far for Gould but last week in the UK Championship he played to a high standard in losing a close round of 64 match versus Stuart Bingham 6-4.</p><p>Belgian, Luca Brecel’s career has followed a similar trajectory after their final meeting. He did win the 2017 China Championship but rather surprisingly his ranking has also been in freefall since with the exception of a few months at the start of 2019 when he reached the Masters quarter-final and semi-final in the China Open. He lost in the opening round of the UK Championship to Judd Trump’s giant-killer Nigel Bond and is need of a deep run.</p><p>The head to head may play a factor in this match given Martin Gould goes into the encounter on the back of an encouraging display against Stuart Bingham while Luca Brecel has to deal with his shock defeat to Nigel Bond.</p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Recommended Bets: Martin Gould to beat Luca Brecel @ 2.20 (6/5) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><h2><strong>Shaun Murphy v Daniel Wells</strong></h2><p><strong>Tuesday 10<sup>th</sup> December, 20:00<br />Head to Head: 3-2<br />Betting Odds: Shaun Murphy 1.22 (2/9), Daniel Wells 4.33 (10/3)</strong></p><p>Last year's Runner-up Shaun Murphy plays last year's shock semi-finalist Daniel Wells in a tough first-round match-up. Murphy started the season in sublime form with back to back finals in China followed by winning his third final in succession at the China Championship beating Mark Williams in the final. Since the tour has returned to the British Isles his form has dipped in recent week's struggling to retain his ‘Asian Swing’ form, losing his opening match at the UK Championship to Eden Sharav last week.</p><p>Daniel Wells semi-final appearance last year in Scotland when eventually losing 6-5 to Mark Allen was his best career performance. On the way to the last four, he beat David Gilbert and Welsh compatriots Ryan Day and Matthew Stevens. For most of the semi-final he looked set for a first ranking final when he led Allen 4-0 and 5-2 but Allen made his big-match experience tell. It wasn't the first time Wells had done well in Scotland; he actually beat this year's opponent Murphy 4-3 in the opening round of 2017.</p><p>The telling factor for me in this match is the way Daniel Wells appears to play much of his best snooker in this tournament. With two career victories over Murphy, there is no fear of winning for the Welshman and the chances are he is motivated for the last tournament of the year.</p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Recommended Bets: Daniel Wells to beat Shaun Murphy @ 4.33 (10/3) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><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><strong>Ronnie O'Sullivan v Dominic Dale </strong></h2><p><strong>Tuesday 10<sup>th</sup> December, 14:00<br />Head to Head: 9-1<br />Betting Odds: Ronnie O'Sullivan 1.10 (1/10), Dominic Dale 7.00 (6/1)</strong></p><p>Ronnie O'Sullivan heads to Glasgow for the Scottish Open in search of ranking points after an indifferent start to the current year in ranking tournaments. He did however, win the big invitation tournament in China, the Shanghai Masters and reach the final of the last home nation's tournament, the Northern Ireland Open, losing to Judd Trump in the final. The ‘Rocket' has not looked as sharp and focused as last season while at times has seemed rather unsettled. Still he is such a high-class player that he is more than capable of winning when he is way below his best.</p><p>Veteran professional and commentator, Dominic Dale from Wales has still proved he has something to offer on the snooker table this season with victories over Ding Junhui and Ronnie O'Sullivan. Twice a winner of ranking events, decades apart, the Grand Prix 1997 and the Shanghai Masters he has a longevity and class to his game that was borne out by those two high profile wins.</p><p>Ronnie O'Sullivan has often started his matches slowly in the current season losing a high percentage of opening frames. Dominic Dale did manage to beat him for the first time at the tenth attempt earlier in the season at the Yushan World Open. Regardless of how the match ends up we know Dale, with all his experience will not be overawed and should he settle there is every chance he will cover a generous looking handicap in frame 1.</p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Recommended Bets: Dominic Dale +52.5 points, frame 1 handicap @ 1.80 (4/5) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p></div></div>
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