Snooker World Cup Preview and Betting Predictions

Craig Edwards

Friday, June 21, 2019 9:26 AM UTC

Friday, Jun. 21, 2019 9:26 AM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the Snooker World Cup delivering his best betting predictions

<div><h2><strong>Snooker World Cup</strong></h2><p><strong>June 24-30</strong></p><p><strong>Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium </strong></p><p><strong>Wuxi, China</strong></p><p>The Snooker World Cup was brought back in 2011 after a fifteen-year break from the World Snooker tour calendar. Since when China have won on all three occasions, twice with Ding Junhui/Liang Wenbo as teammates and the other time their team was Zhou Yuelong/Yan Bingtao. Interestingly enough all four players are playing in China A and China B teams, but the winning pairings are now split up. An event hugely popular with the home nation and $200,000 to the winning pair means we can expect a competitive exciting renewal this week. The quick-fire format lends itself to a few shocks particularly in the group stage of matches consisting of five frames.</p><h2><strong>Format</strong></h2><p>Twenty-four nations/teams entered</p><p>Four groups of six teams with the top two teams from each making the Quarter Final stage</p><p>Round Robin Stage – five frame match, each player plays other in one frame and frame three is doubles.</p><p>One point for each frame won</p><p>Quarter Final Stage - six frame match (Players cannot play successive singles frames)</p><p>Frame 1 – Singles</p><p>Frame 2 – Singles</p><p>Frame 3 – Doubles</p><p>Frame 4 – Singles</p><p>Frame 5 – Singles</p><p>Frame 6 – Doubles</p><p>Frame 7 – Singles (if required) Players nominated by team Captain</p><h2><strong>Group A: Austria, Poland, Norway, Thailand, Germany, China A</strong></h2><p>Defending champions, home nation China A with Ding Junhui and Yan Bingtao look hot favourites for the group. Thailand represented by Thepchayia-un-Nooh and Noppon Saengkham are the other strong looking team. Both teams stand out as the expected qualifiers for the Quarter Final stage however Poland have two main tour players in Adam Stefanow and Kacper Filipiak that are capable of causing a shock. I am interested to see how <strong>Austria </strong>perform as Andreas Ploner was much improved at the Qualifying School a couple of weeks ago while I have good reports about the exciting teenager Florian Nuessle. This group has strength in depth with Germany also having main tour players Lukas Kleckers and Simon Lichtenberg. The other side in the group Norway look lop sided with Kurt Maflin needing to carry his amateur partner and look a bet to finish bottom of group.</p><h2><strong>Recommended bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Austria to beat Poland @ 9/4 (3.25) William Hill </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Norway to finish bottom of Group A @ 10/1 (11.00) Coral</strong></em></a></p><h2><strong>Group B: Ireland, Iran, Hong Kong, England, Saudi Arabia, Northern Ireland </strong></h2><p>Another group with strength in depth and we can expect some competitive matches. England look very strong with Kyren Wilson and Jack Lisowski representing. Republic of Ireland have experienced players, long-time friends Ken Doherty and Fergal O'Brien representing. Northern Ireland’s duo of Mark Allen and Jordan Brown will need a good unity and Jordan Brown to raise his game. Iran are an interesting team with Hossein Vafaei and Soheil Vahedi opponents who are capable of creating a shock or two at this group stage and their team spirit could be the difference.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Iran to beat Republic of Ireland @ 11/13 (1.85) William Hill </strong></em></a></p><h2><strong>Group C: Israel, Malaysia, U.A.E., Belgium, Cyprus, Scotland</strong></h2><p>A weak looking group with Scotland’s team of John Higgins and Stephen Maguire expected to win the group without much resistance. Best of the rest are undoubtedly Belgium who have Luca Brecel and exciting teenager Ben Mertens. Ben Mertens could easily be inspired by playing with Luca Brecel and if so, they are the only threat to Scotland.</p><h2><strong>Group D: Malta, Switzerland, Australia, China B, India, Wales</strong></h2><p>Two standout teams in this group with golfing buddies Mark Williams and Ryan Day representing Wales. Both players are fast starters with superb frame 1 stats so could be perfect for this format.</p><p><strong>China B</strong> have Liang Wenbo and Zhou Yuelong who both have experienced winning the event previous. This group looks a two-horse race and at the prices I prefer the China second team to come out on top given both players have good memories from their previous exploits here. The other noticeable thing from previous World Cup's is how Liang Wenbo appears to raise his game and is inspired by the event.</p><p><strong>Malta</strong> have Alex Borg playing who has just won his tour status back at the Qualifying School and in partnership with Brian Cini could cause a shock or two in the group matches.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Malta to beat Switzerland @ 6/4 (2.50) William Hill </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>China B - to win Group D @ 13/8 (2.63) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><h2><strong>Outright contenders </strong></h2><p>I think we have to respect the fact that China has won the three previous World Cup's since the event was relaunched back in 2011. All four players have great memories of winning in front of their home crowd. However, there will be expectancy and excitement from the partisan fans to cope with and this brings its own pressure. There is strong representation-form overseas particularly the British Isles. Scotland have two good friends in Stephen Maguire and John Higgins which will be a massive plus for their chances. Wales have a similar dynamic with fast starters Mark Williams and Ryan Day representing. My overall feeling is the <strong>China B</strong> team will be inspired playing in front of their home nation and have an easy group to qualify from for the knockout stages so make a sporting each way bet in the outright market.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>China B – each way @ 10/1 (11.00) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p></div>
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