Ronnie O’Sullivan’s steamrollering of the competition at the World Championship has led to an influx of bets backing the Essex-based potsmith to remain perched on his mantle at the summit of the snooker industry.
However, Judd Trump is more than capable of ending the Rocket’s reign in their semi-final and go on to claim a maiden world crown himself. Mr Haircut 100 may not be blessed with a good nickname but, at 11/5, he can entitle those punting him to hoist snooker’s richest prize come the end of the week to a handsome payout.
Having overcome an 8-3 deficit to break Shaun Murphy’s sizeable heart in the quarters, the underdog will be flying and is sure to give Ronnie a sterner test than any potential final adversary.
The 13-12 Crucible classic was, undoubtedly, the match of the tournament thus far and should have filled Trump with the self-belief that he can derail the runaway Rocket bandwagon, despite the 14 years experience between the players.
Trump has bettered O’Sullivan in six of their 11 duels, including the most recent; a 6-2 mauling in the 2012 Masters.
The World Championship semi-final format is unlike any other in which they have squared off before, however, making such a convincing victory an unlikely outcome. Backing over 29 frames to be contested in this best of 33 clash is almost certain to result in payout and, at 10/11, this bet should have plenty of takers.
This clash also promises plenty of big breaks. These two players are recognised for their ability to rack up the big numbers at the felt and they’ve ran in 13 centuries already in the tournament.
A bet on four or five 100+ breaks enables a windfall to the tune of 4/1 for both outcomes and it’s difficult to see the match ton-total falling below this mark.
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