2013 World Snooker Championship: O'Sullivan v Trump S/Final Betting Preview
By Ian McCulloch on 2013-05-01 20:44:32
SHEFFIELD, UK - As the two table set up is removed and the more imposing one table scenario comes into play for the semi finals; the Crucible Theatre will be guaranteed to be packed to the rafters, and a cast-iron sell out, as the two most exciting snooker players in the modern game today lock horns, at 1pm, on Thursday, in the first session that kick starts the semi final action. Ronnie O'Sullivan, the defending champion and four time winner of the event tackles the king of naughty snooker, Judd Trump, in what promises to be a all out attack, gung-ho affair.
The satchel men have had their work cut out pricing this one up as it has all the makings of being the toughest hurdle O'Sullivan will have had to clear in the competition to date. Boylesports stand alone here in offering the best value for an O'Sullivan win and he can be backed at 4/7 (bet £7 to make £4 profit). For the paramount betting rate on Trump look no further than Paddy Power, bet365 and Ladbrokes as they are offering 13/8 (bet £8 to make £13 profit) for the 2011 UK champion to upset the apple cart.
O'Sullivan, a ten time winner of the Premier League, looks to be in slightly better form than his younger opponent which makes the handicap markets look like a viable playing option. William Hill are offering 10/11 (bet £11 to make £10 profit) on O'Sullivan conceding two and a half frames start to Trump, the match is over four sessions and as long as O'Sullivan wins 17-14 or better your quid's in. One further area of interest is the total match centuries. The mark has been set by bet365 at over or under four and a half -tons”. This looks infinitely playable as the table will have been re-covered overnight. This should make the tight match pockets play a little easier and if both players can find their scoring touch early on it makes the 4/6 (bet £6 to make £4 profit) for there to be five or more three figure breaks look generous.
So far in the event O'Sullivan's performances can not be described as anything else but sublime. He began his title defence a week last Saturday against the tough Scotsman, Marcus Campbell. The uncertainty of how Ronnie would perform after taking virtually a full years snooker sabbatical from the game was soon dispelled and aided by breaks of 82, 62, 71, 85, 85, 58, 102 and 90 he breezed through, 10-4. Ali Carter was up next for the four time former winner of the UK championship, but after holding O'Sullivan to seven frames all at one point Ronnie just simply stepped up a gear to win, 13-8. From 10-8 Carter was virtually frozen out of the game as O'Sullivan hit breaks of 88, 106 and 89 to cruise over the winning line. His quarter final against the afore mentioned Bingham turned out to be anti climatic as the four time Masters champion went into super cruise to win, 13-4. A seven frame to one first session lead practically ended the match and when he extended his lead to 12-1 there was no way back for Bingham, even though he won three frames on the trop to close to 12-4, before O'Sullivan wrapped up the match the next frame.
Trump's bid to go one step further in the event than he did two years ago, when he lost in the final to John Higgins, started with a comfortable 10-5 victory over Dominic Dale. Trump constructed two centuries, 104 and 142, the latter being the tournaments highest break at that point, plus further runs of 73 and 61 in easing through. In the last 16 the -ace in the pack” came up against the 2007 Grand Prix champion, Marco Fu. The match contained three century breaks, two from Trump and one from Fu but in the end Trump possessed too much fire power for Fu and he ran out a comfortable 13-7 winner. The 2005 World champion, Shaun Murphy, stood between Trump and a semi final berth which at one point did not look promising for Trump as he trailed, 2-6, after the first session. A superb second session saw Trump trailing, 3-8, but he rallied to win five frames on the trot and level the scores at 8-8 as the middle session came to a close. The final nine frames were, understandably, a nervy affair but it was Trump who kept his cool to cross the line, 13-12, and secure his place in only his second career semi final.