Scottish Open Snooker Betting Preview and Top Outright Tips

Craig Edwards

Friday, December 6, 2019 4:52 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 4:52 PM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards previews the Scottish Open for

<div><h2>Scottish Open Snooker</h2><div><p><strong>Dec 9-15<br />Emirates Arena</strong></p><p>The World Snooker season is at full pace and the day after the prestigious UK Championship finishes the Scottish Open begins. In 2016 the Scottish Open regained its place on the World Snooker schedule as a ranking event and part of the home nation series.</p><h2><strong>Betting Predictions and Tips </strong></h2><p><strong>Mark</strong> <strong>Allen</strong> is defending champion and leads the way as the number one seed at the top of the draw of quarter one, he has been ultra-consistent all season, nearly always reaching the quarter or semi-final stage of tournaments. The section is open and competitive with Gary Wilson and Ali Carter the best-known players between the Irishman and a quarter-final berth. The bottom section of quarter one has Kyren Wilson and Barry Hawkins as the prominent two players with Tom Ford who has made two of the season's maximum 147 breaks.</p><p>Quarter two has home favourite John Higgins as the main seed, he was runner up in the tournament in 2016 to Hong Kong's, Marco Fu. Last season Higgins made a maximum 147 break against Gerard Greene to delight the home fans but nothing would make them happier than seeing the ‘Wizard from Wishaw lifting the Stephen Hendry trophy. His top half of quarter two looks challenging with some of Snooker's young talent to negotiate, particularly Jack Lisowski and Si Jiahui. The bottom half of the quarter gets no easier with Australian Neil Robertson leading the way, he too was the champion in 2017. That section of the draw is probably the toughest with Thepchayia un-Nooh facing Liang Wenbo in the opening round. Stephen Maguire who lifted the World Cup with his good friend John Higgins will receive plenty of home support and also in that section is the 2016 champion, <strong>Marco</strong> <strong>Fu</strong> who played noticeably better last week in York.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Ronnie O'Sullivan makes the journey to Scotland in search of ranking points and is the lead name in quarter three. He faces veteran Welshman Dominic Dale who beat him a couple of months ago in the opening round of the Yushan World Open. That was the first time in their long career that Dale had managed to get the better of the ‘Rocket' at his tenth attempt. Should O'Sullivan negotiate past Dale, another famous conqueror awaits in the form of James Cahill who beat O'Sullivan in the opening round of the World Championship. ‘The Rocket' will need to be on his game from the start but if he is in a good frame of mind that can be just what he needs. Overall a difficult top half of the quarter with Luca Brecel, Martin Gould, Yan Bingtao and Joe Perry awaiting after the awkward opening two rounds. From those players, <strong>Yan</strong> <strong>Bingtao</strong> is the standout one with some great break building in early wins at the UK Championship and a superb round of 16 victory over Neil Robertson. He has reached a home nation event final and won this year's Riga Masters accumulating plenty of match wins in the best of 7 frames format. The bottom half of the quarter brings Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham as the standout players, however, there are plenty of players who showed top form last week in the shape of Matthew Stevens, Kurt Maflin and Li Hang.</p><p>Finally, Quarter four looks just as difficult with world champion and world number one Judd Trump leading the way. It is entirely plausible that last week's shock defeat was predictable given how successful and busy Trump has been in recent months. If Trump gets through the opening two rounds there is the possibility of a third-round encounter with the exciting young Chinese player Zhao Xintong. China's main talisman <strong>Ding</strong> <strong>Junhui</strong> was back to form at the UK Championship looking sharper than in recent months but he faces an awkward opening match against another back to form player, Welshman, Michael White. Shaun Murphy will be aiming to rediscover his early season form to give him the chance of back to back finals in the event. David Gilbert like Murphy suffered a shock first round reverse but he proved a liking for home nations format by making the English Open final two months ago.</p><p>Like always at home nations event with the short format of best of 7 frames through to the quarter-final stage keep stakes small.</p><h2><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><strong>Recommended Bets - With Bet365</strong></a></h2><p><em><strong>Yan Bingtao - each-way @ 101.00 (100/1) </strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Ding Junhui - each-way @ 34.00 (33/1) </strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Mark Allen – quarter 1 @ 3.25 (9/4) </strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Marco Fu – quarter 2 @ 23.00 (22/1)</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Yan Bingtao – quarter 3 @ 17.00 (16/1) </strong></em></p></div></div>
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