Snooker UK Championship 2nd Round Betting Preview and Top Tips

Craig Edwards

Friday, November 29, 2019 3:25 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 3:25 PM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the second-round matches for

<div><h2><strong>Barbican Centre, York</strong></h2><p>With the opening round of matches at the UK Championship completed we now have 64 players left competing and the tournament starts in earnest on Saturday. Only the two major scalps of Shaun Murphy and David Gilbert to fall by the wayside in the first round, snooker's second most prestigious tournament has a top cast for the second week in York.</p><h2><strong>Mark Williams v Michael White</strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday 1<sup>st</sup> December, 19:00</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head: 2-4<br />Betting Odds: Williams 1.16 (1/6), White 6.00 5/1)</strong></p><p>2018 world champion, Mark Williams has recently taken a break from the sport, missing a few tournaments to enjoy his golf and recharge his batteries for the remainder of the season. A comfortable first round win versus Fraser Patrick showed the Welshman in good form with two Century breaks. Twice a UK Championship winner, the last time in 2003, he has already reached the final of the China Championship earlier in the season.</p><p>Fellow Welshman, Michael White will have been pleased to finally get his season started with a good win over Irishman, Fergal O'Brien on Thursday. After a couple of seasons in the doldrums he will have been encouraged by a strong display of break building. Twice a ranking title winner with tournament victories in the Shootout and Indian Open this former top 16 player has fallen a long way down the rankings.</p><p>An all Welsh match between two old adversaries and before White's slump in form he had a habit of playing well against his compatriot. It is difficult to know how much confidence White has lost in his poor spell of form but with a boost of confidence from playing well in his opening match it is feasible the handicap line is generous.</p><h2><strong>Recommended</strong> <strong>Bets</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><strong>Michael</strong> <strong>White</strong><strong> +</strong><strong>3</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>25</strong> <strong>Asian</strong> <strong>Frames</strong> <strong>@</strong> <strong>1</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>80</strong> <strong>(4/5)</strong> <strong>Bet365</strong></a></p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>John Higgins v Lu Ning </strong></h2><p><strong>Sunday 1<sup>st</sup> December, 19:00</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head: 1-0<br />Betting Odds: Higgins 1.25 (1/4), Ning 4.50 (7/2)</strong></p><p>John Higgins is one of the true greats of snooker who always saves his best play for the biggest tournaments. The four-time World Champion has been runner-up in that great championship for the last three year's despite some otherwise lacklustre seasons. He is grinding hard this season to find his form, winning the World Cup for Scotland with his friend Stephen Maguire. In the last two ranking tournaments, the Yushan World Open and Northern Ireland Open he has made the semi-final in both, on each occasion losing to Judd Trump. In the opening round on Tuesday Higgins dispatched Peter Lines 6-0 who previously had a winning record v the Scot.</p><p>China's, Lu Ning had an eye-catching 2018-2019 season making the semi-final at the Gibraltar Open and quarter final at the Indian Open. His breakthrough tournament last season was here in York where he reached the round of 16 after beating established names like Luca Brecel and Anthony McGill. This year has started slow in comparison for Ning who has lost out in deciding frames at his last two events to Stuart Bingham and John Higgins. It has to be noted that Ning beat last season's ‘Rookie of the Year’ Joe O'Connor impressively 6-0 in the opening round.</p><p>Both players will have their confidence buoyed by 6-0 wins in their opening round matches and I expect this to be a hard-fought game. With these two-tough match-players, a similar match to their World Open encounter that John Higgins won 5-4 can be expected making over the total frames a betting option.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><strong>Over 9 Asian frames @ 1.90 (9/10) Bet365</strong></a></p></div>
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