Snooker Q School Preview Betting Tips and Players to Follow

Craig Edwards

Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:51 AM UTC

Thursday, May. 16, 2019 7:51 AM UTC

Ex professional snooker player Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the World Snooker Qualifying School

<div><h2><strong>A selection from each quarter and who to follow</strong></h2><p><strong>Qualifying School 1<br />Robin Park<br />Wigan</strong></p><p>World Snooker begins a new season with the annual Qualifying School which gives chance for all players around the globe to grab one of twelve Professional Two Year Tour Cards. There are three events with the four semi-finalists from each gaining their Tour Status. We have the professionals who just dropped off tour entering with chance to win their status straight back. We have the young talent assembled from all over the world entered who want to carve a career in the sport. We also have the in between bracket of players who have been trying year after year to bring their coveted dream to life. The draws are made in quarters and we can analyse who will make it through from the two hundred plus entrants. Let us not forget this is a process that nearly all professionals go through and the World Snooker Championship semi-finalists David Gilbert and Gary Wilson both fell of the professional circuit early in their careers.</p><p>During my research and talking to old friends I uncovered numerous exciting teenagers who have potential to make the leap into the professional ranks if not this year then the near future.</p><h2><strong>Quarter 1</strong></h2><p>India's main professional Aditya Mehta is back to try and regain his tour status after taking a year out following dropping off tour a year ago. In the 2017/2018 he did not disgrace himself winning twelve matches. He looks to be in the easy half of Quarter One with one-time World Championship semi-finalist Andy Hicks the other well-known name. Seventeen-year old Irishman Aaron Hill made a good impression at the World Championship against Gerard Greene and we can expect him to be competitive.</p><p>In the bottom half of the Quarter recognised names look sparse again with twenty-one-year old Xu Si the first one to study. He has just fallen off tour however, in his last few events he looked close to regaining his form from the start of 2017 season when he reached the semi-final at the Indian Open losing to John Higgins. He looks a player with potential and still young enough to significantly improve for his last two seasons on the professional tour. He has a tough second match against Allan Taylor, and we can expect winner to reach final of this quarter. Sanderson Lam is a player with tour experience we need to respect and seventeen-year old Austrian Florian NùBle is an interesting entry having also acquitted himself well in the World Snooker Championship Qualifying.</p><h2><strong>Quarter 2</strong></h2><p>The top half of this quarter looks very weak with David Lilley a strong favourite given he earned £22,500 as an amateur on the professional circuit last season. We can expect him to be inspired by another amateur James Cahill’s victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan at the World Snooker Championship. There is a potential intriguing third round clash between Ladies snooker top two ranked players Reanne Evans and Ng On Eye in this section with the winner having a potential tough assignment against Jamie Curtis-Barrett.</p><p>The bottom half looks more powerful with Sean O'Sullivan and Barry Pinches holding chances for the English. We have strong global contingent with Hamza Akbar, Zhang Yong and Chen Zifan looking to win their status back. Two of the sports most exciting teenager talents are in this particular section. Belgium’s Ben Mertens who made a favourable impression at the Shootout. Travelling all the way from the Ukraine Lulian Boiko is another teenager we need to watch, and the trip will be a great experience regardless of results for the thirteen-year-old from Kiev. He has caught the eye of respected coach and former professional Alan Trigg who runs snooker hotspot the Lviv Snooker Academy in the Ukraine.</p><h2><strong>Quarter 3</strong></h2><p>Top section of Quarter 3 looks wide open with several of the best players Ross Muir and Laxman Rawat facing off in their opening match, only for the winner to take on Chinese World under 21 Champion Wu Yize. Wu Yize made a strong impression in his pre-qualifying China Open match against Joe Perry with a 120 break.</p><p>Bottom half sees veteran Leeds professional Peter Lines who reached the semi-final of the Paul Hunter Classic only last season in a tough opening match with Ashley Hugill. We can expect the winner to progress several rounds until possibly meeting with German professional Lukas Kleckers who had a solid season on the professional tour beating Shootout winner Thepchayia un-Nooh at the Welsh Open. Teenage Rhys Davies is an interesting participant in this quarter after showing star quality in the shootout.</p><h2><strong>Quarter 4</strong></h2><p>Top half of this Quarter looks weak on paper and Welsh Open quarter finalist Alexander Ursenbacher sticks out having seen how efficiently he dispatched Ronnie O'Sullivan at the round of 16 stage. Previous season he reached the semi-final at the English Open and it is a big surprise to see the Swiss player having to win his status on Tour back. I must make mention of Ross Bulman in this section as many good judges were impressed how the young Irishman played against Jimmy White in the World Snooker Championship Qualifying. This top half of the Quarter gives the chance to assess the talents of Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif and Iran's Amir Sarkosh while Chinese teenager Peifan Lei price of 250/1 (251.00) surprises me given he reached the World under 18 final only a year ago.</p><p>The bottom half looks significantly harder with tour veterans Rory McLeod, Robin Hull and Paul Davison leading the way. They have stiff competition from Billy Joe Castle, Chris Totten and Soheil Vahedi who all dropped off tour but in earlier stages of their careers. Two youngsters I like to play well are Steven Hallworth who has been close previously on several occasions and young Welshman Dylan Emery. A gradual improver deserving of a mention Hong Kong’s Ka Wei Cheung has been learning his trade and gaining experience on the Challenge Tour.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Xu Si - To Qualify - 5/1 (6.00) @Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Q School Betting Odds"><em><strong>David Lilley - To Qualify - 11/2 (6.50) @Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Wu Yize - To Qualify - 40/1 (40.00) @Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href="http://Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Alexander Ursenbacher - To Qualify - 6/1 (7.00) @Bet365 </strong></em></a></p></div>
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