UK Championship 4th Round: Free Snooker Tips & Betting Predictions

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 11:52 AM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 11:52 AM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the fourth-round matches at the UK Championship
<div><h2>Barbican Centre, York</h2><p>The UK Championship moves on at a pace with World Number One and World Champion, Judd Trump suffering the shock of the season losing to fifty-four-year-old Nigel Bond 6-3. Bond rolled back the years to his former glories, most of which were twenty years ago now but it goes to show how class is permanent and how fickle form in professional snooker can be. Welshman, Mark Williams was another top player to fall when he lost to his compatriot Michael White (tipped on handicap at playing as poorly as he ever has in his long career.</p><p>Our outright and quarter selections, Neil Robertson and Mark Allen have survived to the round of 16, not without the odd scare or two. Our other quarter selection, Mark Selby plays Martin O'Donnell on Tuesday for his place in the round of 16.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2>John Higgins v Stuart Bingham</h2><p><strong>Head to Head: 15-7</strong></p><p><u>Betting Odds:</u></p><ul> <li>John Higgins 1.83 (5/6)</li> <li>Stuart Bingham 2.20 (6/5)</li></ul><p>2015 World Champion, Stuart Bingham has comfortably made it through to the round of 16 at the Barbican Centre. With three semi-final appearances in the last six years the Essex man has accumulated solid form in York without making the final. Last year he lost in the semi-final to an inspired Mark Allen 6-5 after holding a 4-2 advantage. It is accurate to say that Bingham's season thus far has been low key by his high standards. Beating Peifan Lei and Martin Gould in the opening two rounds both by a 6-4 scoreline appeared to sharpen him up for his next match, a tough encounter with the hugely talented Chinese youngster Zhao Xintong which he won 6-1.</p><p>Multiple World and UK Champion, John Higgins has also made it through to the round of 16 with minimum fuss. He beat his old nemesis Peter Lines 6-0 in the opening round followed by a 6-1 over another talented Chinese youngster Lu Ning. Last night he beat Preston's Ian Burns on the main televison table which was a significant advantage over his opponent. Higgins gives the impression he is working hard this season with a couple of recent semi-final losses to Judd Trump to illustrate that fact. He also started the season by winning the World Cup for Scotland with his good friend Stephen Maguire.</p><p>Whenever these two great players cross swords their head to head record draws your attention to John Higgins dominant record in the matches of importance they have played. Even this last year has illustrated the way their matches play out, at the World Championships in April, Bingham was out of the blocks fast racing into a 4-1 lead only for John Higgins to grind him down over the three-session match eventually winning 13-11. In the last couple of months Higgins has added a 5-2 win at the Yushan World Open Quarter Final and a 4-2 win (tipped on in the round of 16 in the prestigious Champion of Champions. The only match of importance in their recent history that Bingham has won is the 2015 Masters, quarter final. For Bingham to win this match in Snooker's second most prestigious tournament he will have to be at his best and mentally strong enough to hold off the tenacious competitor that is John Higgins. At the prices John Higgins is a good bet.</p><p><strong>Recommended Bets: </strong>John Higgins to beat Stuart Bingham at 1.83 (5/6) with <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Paddy Power Today!">Paddy Power</a></p></div>
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