Selby and O’Sullivan lead the betting for China Championship

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The second edition of the China Championship is already underway and according to our odds, there’s one man head and shoulders above the rest.

We make two-time reigning World Champion Mark Selby a 7/2 shot to walk away with his first China Championship crown.

Leicester’s favourite son finished the 2016-17 season by winning his third world title and his second China Open.

And it’s his form in South Asia that makes his odds so appealing.

The 34-year-old has reached the final of seven ranking events in China since 2010 and started the 2017-18 campaign off by reaching the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Masters last month.

A first round match against Noppon Saengkham should provide no issues for Selby who will have enough to see off the 64 seed.

Selby’s main challenge though, will come in the form of Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The Rocket is always there or thereabouts at major events and we expect more of the same this time around at a tasty 7/1.

On his day O’Sullivan is the most fluent and natural player on the circuit.

If he decides to turn up in Guangzhou the Essex-man is undoubtedly hugely overpriced to win his first Major title in over a year.

But what about the rest of the betting?

Well, we like the main Aussie hopeful Neil Robertson at 12/1.

The bleach blonde potter claimed the first Masters tournament of the season last month, defeating Selby, Marco Fu and O’Sullivan en-route to the Hong Kong Masters crown.

If he can bring that form across to China his odds look rather bloated at 12/1 to land his first Major since the Riga Masters in 2016.

Slightly further down the list is Shaun Murphy at 25/1.

Of all the contenders Murphy looks to be the most grossly overpriced, especially given his form last season.

His record during 2016-17 reads: four quarter-finals, three semi-finals and one final victory in the Gibraltar Open.

If you like long odds like us, he’s the one to be on.

Click here for all our China Championship Snooker odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.