The second pair of Snooker World Championship quarter finals to get underway feature two former champions in menacing form and fully expected to book their semi-final slots even anchored with handicaps.
Although he’s always self-effacing in the wake of victory, beneath O’Sullivan’s veneer of understatement he will be ecstatic with the way he is cueing at the Crucible Theatre.
The Rocket has only dropped eight frames in two matches, throwing in four century breaks, of which his 139 in the last round against Matthew Stevens was his most majestic.
Bingham is certainly no mug having beaten Ronnie at two UK Championships in the past, while the three centuries he compiled en-route to a comfortable 13-5 win over Graeme Dott, shows he’s also hit form.
However, he’s lost three straight to O’Sullivan, the last of which was a 6-0 whitewash at the World Grand Prix only last month, so with this is mind the 8/11 on Rocket win (-4.5 frames) in the handicap is an easy pot.
No one at the Crucible has dropped less than the seven frames Robertson has to gain entry into the last eight and that is ominous for Hawkins.
Four straight losses to the Australian since a single career victory back in 2012 also point to the Thunder justifying his lean odds, especially as Hawkins has been pushed all the way in both prior matches at the tournament.
Robertson also looks stellar value to triumph in the (-3.5 frame) handicap market at 8/11, while an educated guess at a 13-7 final score appeals given lucrative odds of 8/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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