UK Championship: First Round Matches Betting Predictions and Tips

Craig Edwards

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 1:37 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 1:37 PM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the first-round matches at the UK Championship.
<div><h2 style="text-align:center">UK Championship</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Barbican Centre, York</strong></p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Stephen Maguire v Billy Joe Castle</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Wednesday 27th November, 09:30</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Head to Head: 0-1</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Betting Odds: Stephen Maguire 1.10 (1/10), Billy Joe Castle 8.00 (7/1)</strong></p><p>Stephen Maguire has made a solid if unspectacular start to the 2019/2020 season in ranking events with last week's Northern Ireland Open the highlight reaching the round of 16. Easy to forget, however, that he has performed well in the early season non-ranking events when winning the 6-Reds World Championship in Thailand for over £100,000 plus winning the snooker World Cup for Scotland with his good friend John Higgins. He is also a former UK Champion in 2004.</p><p>Billy Joe Castle is a young professional in his third season on tour after regaining his playing privileges back in the summer at the Qualifying School. It has been a slow start for Castle to the current season until last week's Northern Ireland Open where he reached the round of 32, eventually losing to John Higgins. In the opening round, he had a particularly impressive victory against the talented Thai, Noppon Saengkham. In recent months he has sought the help of SightRight which is a coaching company founded by Stephen Feeney that has helped improve and better numerous players/champions. Their clients in snooker include Ronnie O'Sullivan, David Gilbert and notably Mark Williams whose career they resurrected to win his third world championship, fifteen years after the first.</p><p>At the Yushan World Open, a couple of weeks ago Stephen Maguire was forced to withdraw due to a fractured ankle. He did soldier through a Champion of Champions encounter with Judd Trump and last week in Northern Ireland. He won three matches which is no surprise given he is a high class operator but it may be difficult to practice for any length of time for the Scot currently. Billy Joe Castle beat Maguire at last year's Scottish Open which will be a small help mentally and coming on the back of last week's effort he should be in good spirits for this week's encounter. At the prices, the advice is for half stakes Billy Joe Castle at 7.00 and full stake over 8.50 frames.</p><div><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong></div><ul> <li>Billy Joe Castle to beat Stephen Maguire @ 7.00 (6/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Bet365">Bet365</a></li> <li>Over 8.50 frames @ 2.00 (1/1) <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a></li></ul><div style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></div><h2> </h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Anthony McGill vs Mitchell Mann</strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Tuesday 26th November, 19:30</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Head to Head: 1-3</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Betting Odds: 1.25 Anthony McGill (1/4), Mitchell Mann 4.00 (3/1)</strong></p><p>Anthony McGill has made a slow start to the current season with reaching the round of 16 at the China Championship his best performance. The last two seasons have been a struggle for the Scot who has lost his elite top 16 status in April. This slump in form was a surprise after a superb 2016/2017 when McGill won the Shootout and Indian Open titles. Now set up in a practice facility with his compatriots John Higgins and Stephen Maguire I expected him to hit the ground running this season but it is yet to happen.</p><p>Mitchell Mann had been in a similar slump in form for the previous three years when he was troubled by mental illness, resulting in the loss of his tour card. After seeking help from a sports psychologist there has been a noticeable improvement from Mann in the last eighteen months, winning back his full playing privileges from the Challenge Tour. This season he has continued the progress beating Liang Wenbo, Lyu Haotian and Liam Highfield to illustrate his improved form.</p><p>Head to head stats can often be misleading but the fact that Mann has beaten McGill on numerous occasions should help him this week and 4.00 is an attractive price.</p><p><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong> Mitchell Mann to beat Anthony McGill @ 4.00 (3/1) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Bet365">Bet365</a></p></div>
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