UK Championship Quarter-Finals: Free Snooker Predictions & Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:48 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 12:48 PM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the quarter-finals of the UK Championship for
<div><h2>Barbican Centre, York</h2><p>Quickly down to the quarter-final stage of this year's UK Championship at York and Mark Allen is one match away from winning Quarter 4 at 5.50 for readers. Our main selection Neil Robertson lost to Chinese teenage sensation Yan Bingtao while our other Quarter bet, Mark Selby plays on Thursday v Matthew Stevens in their round of 16 match.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2>Quarter-Final</h2><p><strong>John Higgins v Yan Bingtao</strong><br /><strong>Head to Head: 2-1</strong></p><p><strong>Betting Odds: Higgins 1.50 (1/2), Bingtao 3.00 (2/1)</strong></p><p>Scotland's, John Higgins has been grinding out results in the new season without setting the snooker world alight with two semi-final losses to Judd Trump in recent tournament's the highlight. He has had a long season already because he won the World Cup with his good friend Stephen Maguire in the middle of the summer when other players were on holiday. Higgins ground out a 6-4 win in the round of 16 against Stuart Bingham after trailing 1-3. He needed all the help he could get, even from the crowd when a mobile phone went off at a crucial juncture of frame nine with Bingham set over an easy shot that would have seen him take a 5-4 lead. Having tipped Higgins to beat Bingham it was a match that I watched intently and no doubt the Scot played very poor, in fact, he was dreadfully out of sync in the early stages. That is nothing new to the three-time former UK Championship winner who is the best there has ever been at grinding out results when below his best. Before Wednesday the four-time World Champion has breezed through the tournament grinding out easy wins against old nemesis Peter Lines, Lu Ning and Ian Burns for the loss of only one frame. With a day off to practice before the quarter-finals and the experience of the Bingham, match will likely sharpen him up.</p><p>Yan Bingtao created the shock of the fourth round by beating the double UK Champion and our main pick this week, Neil Robertson. After a brilliant debut season in 2017/2018 when he reached the final of the Northern Ireland Open, last season was a disappointment for the Chinese prodigy. Not unusual for exceptional rookie professionals to suffer a downswing in their second season when expectations get high while opponents wise up. He has, however, put it to good use this season by winning the opening event of the current season, the Riga Masters while still a teenager. He has since consolidated with some solid results and impressive break building that has seen him accumulate fifteen-century breaks to leave him pushing for a ranking in the elite top 16.</p><p>Despite his tender years, Yan Bingtao plays like a player beyond his years. His all-round game for one so young is unusual and different from his many talented compatriots. In many aspects of his measured approach, he reminds me of a young John Higgins. Their head to head record is a little mixed with Bingtao winning their first encounter but Higgins winning comfortably the last twice. No doubt Higgins will be pleased to play Bingtao instead of Robertson knowing there is more chance he can outmanoeuvre his young opponent. That said it will not be an easy task given how well Bingtao played against Robertson and the confidence he will have gained for producing his best on the biggest stage. The safest option will be over the Asian frames line of 9.25 on Bet365 in the anticipation of match of attrition. The noticeable fact about Higgins matches this week is how slow he has been to find his stride similar to his fellow ‘class of 92' player Ronnie O'Sullivan. This brings a range of markets we can use to oppose him with, frame 1, frame 1 handicap, Bingtao 50 break in frame 1 or John Higgins 50+ ‘No'.</p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><ul> <li>Over 9.25 Asian frames @ 1.85 (17/20) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Sportsbook!">Bet365</a></li> <li>1st Frame - Player breaks: John Higgins 50+ ‘No' @ 1.63 (8/13) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Sportsbook!">Bet365</a></li></ul></div>
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