Who will start the new snooker season with a bang?
<div><h2 style="text-align:center">Riga Masters</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">July 26-28</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Arena Riga, Latvia</h2><p> </p><h2>Introduction</h2><p>The Riga Masters has been opening the snooker season in recent years and this is the sixth renewal. Last year’s champion Neil Robertson won the Riga Masters for a second time having won in 2016. Other previous champions are Ryan Day, Barry Hawkins and Mark Selby.</p><p> </p><h2>Betting Predictions and Tips</h2><p>With this being the curtain-raiser to the new snooker season my advice is to keep stakes small.</p><p>Defending champion Neil Robertson is the best place to start when we analyse the outright market. Last season he was a model of consistency with three titles, The Riga Masters, The Welsh Open and the China Open. He also lost back to back finals versus Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Coral Series and has a realistic chance of becoming world number one in the coming months. This alone guarantees that he will be motivated from the start of the new season and this perennial fast starter will want to hit the ground running. There are several potentially dangerous young Chinese opponents in the quarter for the Australian but he still represents a double stakes bet. Chang Bingyu has made an eye-catching start to his professional career while this is an important season for Li Hang and Yan Bingtao to start and fulfil their promise. Yuan Sijun is the other who beat former world champion's John Higgins and Mark Williams last season impressing many good judges along the way.</p><p>Runner up in last season’s event was the breakthrough that England’s Jack Lisowski had long promised. Later in the season he lost again to Neil Robertson in the final of the China Open and moved into the elite top 16. Having represented England in the World Cup during the offseason we can expect Jack to be sharper than most and makes an appealing each-way wager. Mark Selby has a potentially dangerous encounter with Hossein Vafaei to negotiate in the top half of the quarter and the winner could be a danger for the rest of the event.</p><p>Kyren Wilson was Jack Lisowski’s partner in the World Cup when representing England and he has become a very strong competitor amongst snooker elite winning three ranking events which have all been overseas. Like his partner, we can expect Kyren to be sharper for that experience and he too has been a fast starter in previous years. It will not be easy however, with an abundance of talented young players, Lu Ning, Sam Craige and Zhou Yuelong to name a few contesting the second quarter.</p><p>The bottom quarter of the draw looks the most open with Mark Williams the highest seed. Two players who dominated the World Snooker Championship headlines at the Crucible Theatre, James Cahill and Gary Wilson can be found here also. Gary Wilson from the North East of England reaching the semi-final was a major surprise. The three victories over tournament winners Luca Brecel, Mark Selby and Ali Carter were very impressive with high-quality snooker leaving his opponents nowhere to hide, telling us he is ready for the next level and an each-way bet this week. James Cahill was an amateur last season and no snooker fan will ever forget him beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the opening round. He went on to lose to Scotland’s Stephen Maguire in a very close match proving he has what it takes at the highest level. World Snooker’s “Rookie of the year” 2018/2019 season went to Joe O'Connor and he opens with a very difficult opening match against Kurt Maflin. Should he make it through he is the sort of player who could catapult into the latter stages very quickly.</p><p>In summary small stakes bets overall but double stakes on Neil Robertson this weekend in Riga.</p><p> </p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Neil Robertson - win @ 5.00 (4/1) Betfred</strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Kyren Wilson - win @ 9.00 (8/1) Coral</strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Jack Lisowski - each way @ 15.00 (14/1) Boylesports</strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Joe O'Connor - each way @ 151.00 (150/1) Ladbrokes</strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Gary Wilson - each way @ 26.00 (25/1) William Hill</strong></a></p></div>