Shanghai Masters Snooker Betting Tips and Predictions

Craig Edwards

Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 5, 2019 12:54 PM UTC

No unexpected surprises in snooker crazy Shanghai
<div><h2 style="text-align:center">Shanghai Masters</h2><p style="text-align:center">September 9-15, Regal International East Asia Hotel - Shanghai, China</p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><h2>Introduction</h2><p>The snooker crazed city of Shanghai has hosted the Shanghai Masters from 2007 although as far back as the mid 80s Barry Hearn's Matchroom first hosted an invitational event in the city. Last year it reverted from a ranking event to a twenty-four player invitation event. With the same format this year we have the Top 16 in the World Snooker rankings. The next four highest ranked Chinese players are then added, followed by four wild card players.</p><p>In 2018 the prize fund for an invitation event was a record £725,000 and this year there is an increase in total prize fund to £750,000. We have a great tournament in prospect with longer format structure of matches up to and including the Quarter finals the matches will be played over the best of 11 frames. Two Semi finals follow over the best of 19 frames and a best of 21 frame final.</p><p> </p><h2>Predictions and Betting Tips</h2><p>Last year's tournament victory was a launching pad for <strong>Ronnie O'Sullivan</strong> to embark on an outstanding season. Winning a seventh UK Championship and reaching the magical milestone of a thousand century breaks were particularly memorable moments in the sport. Often in recent years O'Sullivan has started his season in Shanghai and three times he has been the winner. Throughout his career he has been a fast starter after a lengthy break and similar to Tiger Woods in golf, “The Rocket's” strike-rate fresh has been superb. In fact one season he won the World Championships after twelve months without a competitive match. At forty-three years old the clock is ticking but his standard of play never ceases to amaze and it would be no surprise if he adds a fourth Shanghai Masters crown. He looks to have a weak quarter on paper to ease his way into the new season and represents a solid bet to win Quarter One.</p><p>Snooker's new World Champion<strong> Judd Trump</strong> started the new season off in the same style winning the International Championship with a dominant all round display. He became world number one before his semi final with the player he dethroned Mark Selby. The match itself ended up a one sided encounter when Judd Trump turned around a 1-3 deficit into a 9-3 victory. With the way the ranking points work and the way he is playing in big matches the other players are under no illusion how difficult it will be to wrestle back the World Number One Crown in the immediate future. This is a title the Bristol lad has never won, despite being a runner up three times, and is a solid bet to make another final this year.</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Home nation hero <strong>Ding Junhui</strong> is a two time champion of the Shanghai Masters and he would be a popular winner with his adoring fans. His last ranking title was the World Open in 2017 and he comes here with only two semi final appearances since. One of which was last year’s Shanghai Masters when he lost a close match 9-10 to Barry Hawkins. His confidence appears at an all time low and there are times he gives the impression of not enjoying the game. He does however, remain one of the sports premier break builders and we can expect full focus in front of his adoring fans.</p><p>Last year’s finalist <strong>Barry Hawkins</strong> gave Ronnie O'Sullivan a tough match eventually succumbing 9-11. After a slow start to the new season he was the winner of the Paul Hunter Classic, beating Kyren Wilson 4-3 in the final a couple of weeks ago. There were excuses for a slow start to the season due to a broken rib after slipping on a boat. If victory in Germany gives his confidence a nudge in the right direction “The Hawk” could be a surprise contender this week and I am advising a small stake bet for him to reach the final.</p><p>From a betting perspective it is difficult to oppose the two best players in the world in Shanghai over longer format matches. <strong>Judd Trump</strong> is the man to beat this year with maybe a final versus Ronnie O'Sullivan in prospect for snooker fans around the world.</p><div><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong></div><ul> <li>Judd Trump to win Shanghai Masters @ 4.00 (3/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a></li> <li>Ronnie O'Sullivan to win Quarter One @ 1.63 (8/13) <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">William Hill</a></li> <li>Judd Trump to win Quarter Four @ 1.85 (17/20) <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">William Hill</a></li> <li>Barry Hawkins to reach the Final @ 17.00 (16/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a></li></ul></div>
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