UK Championship: 3rd Round Matches Betting Predictions and Tips

Craig Edwards

Sunday, December 1, 2019 12:00 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 12:00 PM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the UK Championship third-round matches for
<div><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Ronnie O'Sullivan v Noppon Saengkham</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Head to Head: 1-0</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Betting Odds: O'Sullivan 1.13 (1/7), Saengkham 8.00 (7/1)</strong></p><p>Seven times UK Championship winner Ronnie O'Sullivan has made an impressive start to the defence of his crown. Two 6-0 victories are nothing unusual for the ‘Rocket' but he looked more assured than in recent weeks. Known as Snooker's ‘GOAT' after winning here last year and achieving the thousand century breaks a couple of months later O'Sullivan’s natural ability is timeless. Twenty-six years have passed since his first UK Championship win at the age of sixteen to illustrate that fact. He made a great start to the new season winning the Shanghai Masters but has looked a little unsettled in recent tournaments by his high standards. Maybe the return to York, his favourite city in the UK and playing a tournament he has a remarkable affinity with have helped settle the mercurial cueman back into sync.</p><p>Thai, Noppon Saengkham has long been known to have the talent but has struggled to put together the consistent results his superb break building suggest he should achieve. Earlier in the year at the Welsh Open, he made a televised maximum 147 break against Mark Selby and reached the semi-final of the Yushan World Open in 2018 losing a cruel match to Mark Williams 5-6 from 5-2 up. His opening match he beat Jackson Page from 3-5 behind 6-5 after needing a snooker in the final frame decider. Then followed a solid 6-3 win against Scotland's Anthony McGill.</p><p>This is an acid test for Thailand's Noppon Saengkham on the main stage and Snooker's second most prestigious tournament against the sport's best. He will need to make a strong start and get a foothold in the match. If he manages to do that and relaxes, he is capable of winning but that is a big ‘If' given O'Sullivan is adept at exploiting this dynamic as he has already proved this week particularly against Tian Pengfei on Saturday. Ronnie O'Sullivan has started slowly in recent months either losing the opening frame or winning a scrappy one making the first frame handicap an enticing bet.</p><p><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong> Noppon Saengkham +47.5 points – frame 1 handicap @ 1.83 (5/6) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Bet365</a></p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Matthew Stevens v Anthony Hamilton</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Head to Head: 5-4</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Betting Odds: Stevens 1.72 (8/11) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Paddy Power</a>, Hamilton 2.20 (6/5)</strong></p><p>Matthew Stevens was the UK Champion back in 2003 during a period of his career when he was competing for all the triple crown events. He is a previous Masters champion and twice a runner-up in the World Championships to show his undoubted pedigree in the sport. He reached a career high ranking of four in the season 2005/2006 but has since fallen down the rankings steadily. The passing of Paul Hunter in 2006 was a terrible tragedy and for Stevens it was never going to be easy. They came through the junior ranks of the sport and were inseparable friends. During the last two seasons there have been glimpses of Stevens class trying to resurface with making the semi-final of the 2018 International Championship the highlight. His round of 64 match saw Stevens with-stand a comeback from his compatriot Ryan Day eventually prevailing in a deciding frame.</p><p>Anthony Hamilton won his first ranking title the German Masters in 2017 after being a professional since 1991. A career-high ranking of 10 in 2000 and five seasons in the elite top 16 illustrate how good the Nottingham player is. He is held in the highest regard by his peers but in recent years has endured several lows. He is a break builder of the highest quality and once he has managed to negotiate the dangerous early rounds of events, he has had several deep runs in recent years. Two comfortable wins against Sam Baird and James Cahill in York have shown him in good solid form this week.</p><p>This is a match up for snooker purists, between two players high in class and pedigree who look on the brink of returning to former glories despite their advancing years. Both players have looked sharp winning their opening two matches making a century break in each amongst a slew of frame winning contributions. Interesting that most of their previous matches were over nine frames and surprisingly there were no century breaks but their best of twenty-five frames encounter in the 2001 World Championship produced five. Both players are odds against for a century break with Anthony Hamilton's price (3.00) looking generous considering he has produced eight in sixteen matches this season. There is an argument that Matthew Stevens price (2.10) is also value after scoring eight centuries in twelve matches so far. The interesting dynamic here is how the match plays out in the early stages, if the quality is high rather than the tension then these two players could trade centuries making <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Bet365</a> prices on 3 (10.00), 4 (34.00) or 5+ (101.00) a real possibility.</p><div><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong></div><ul> <li>Anthony Hamilton – over 0.5 centuries @ 3.00 (2/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Bet365</a></li> <li>Matthew Stevens – over 0.5 centuries @ 2.10 (11/10) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Bet36</a></li></ul><div><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></div></div>
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