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Dott can upset Crucible run of fearless Trump

| 26.04.2011

Graeme Dott looks overpriced at 11/10 to reach the semi finals of the Snooker World Championships as he faces Judd Trump in the last eight at the Crucible.

New kid on the block Trump may be fearless in his approach after already knocking out defending champion Neil Robertson in the first round in Sheffield and arriving on the back of victory in the China Open.

These factors are largely responsible for Trump being the 8/11 favourite in the snooker betting to beat Dott, which would also mean dumping out a second former world champion.

However, this is Trump’s first appearance at this stage of the Crucible and he is giving up a lot of experience against the battle-hardened Scot in matches played over a longer format.

Therefore, Dott’s resolve and temperament can take him through and 13-10 in his favour looks a reasonable price at 9/1.

Furthermore, Dott has triumphed in each of the two career meetings between the pair.

Mark Williams takes on Mark Allen in another quarter final and the pair have witnessed contrasting passages to reach this stage.

Welshman Williams has not had too many nervy moments in comfortably seeing off Ryan Day and Jamie Cope, while Allen has been through all of the emotions to scrape by Matthew Stevens and Barry Hawkins.

Although Williams has failed to reach the second week at the Crucible in recent years, he looks the better bet at 2/5 to continue his renaissance and beat Allen.

Allen has already defied his own expectations in Sheffield after depression played its part in limiting his preparation and he is 2/1 to display his fighting character to claim victory.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.