Love drama? Then there’s no place better than the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield over the next two weeks as 32 of the world’s best battle it out for the 2019 World Snooker Championship.
You can catch every pot, miscue and foul live on BBC or Eurosport up to and including the two-day Final which takes place on Monday 6th May 2019. Need some help ahead of the big break on 20th April?
We’ve marked your card with three tips for the famous old tournament.
The favourite – Ronnie O’Sullivan (15/8)
No prizes for guessing who’s favourite. O’Sullivan is chasing his sixth world title and his first since 2013. There’s every reason to think he’s hungrier than ever to get one over on the rest of the pack.
His recent battles with rivals Neil Robertson and Judd Trump (5/1) seem to have stoked something in the Rocket. You only have to watch back his victories over both players in the Tour Championship to see that.
The 43-year-old hasn’t been shown to best effect here in the last few years. But with over 39% of total bets placed on him by our punters, it’d be no surprise if he regained his crown once again.
The form pick – Neil Robertson (9/2)
Robertson has been popular throughout the season. It’s easy to see why. The Aussie has won three ranking tournaments, including the China Open this month, and reached the final of three others.
Outside of O’Sullivan he’s the form man on the tour. And his chances in Sheffield are helped by being in the opposite side of the draw to the Rocket, making him an attractive each-way shout.
He’ll need to improve on three successive early exits at the Crucible. But in arguably the form of his career, there’s every reason to fancy The Thunder from Down Under’s chances.
The outsider – Kyren Wilson (18/1)
Our outside tip is starting to make a real name for himself. Kyren Wilson has won both the Paul Hunter Classic and the German Masters this term to move up to 8th in the world rankings.
He made the semi-finals here 12 months ago before bowing out to John Higgins. And it’s those big match defeats which remain a concern for the 27-year-old from Northampton.
The Warrior may have discovered that winning habit at the top level. But he doesn’t boast a positive record against any of the world’s top five. If he can overcome that, he’s a serious player here.
There’s further good news for his backers too. Wilson is in arguably the easiest quarter of the draw, which gives him a good chance of making it through to at least the quarter-final stage, and hopefully further.
Ladbrokes Latest Betting:
2019 World Snooker Championship
Ronnie O’Sullivan – 15/8
Neil Robertson – 9/2
Judd Trump – 5/1
Mark Selby – 10/1
John Higgins – 14/1
Stuart Bingham – 16/1
Kyren Wilson – 18/1
Mark Allen – 22/1
Mark Williams – 22/1
Barry Hawkins – 25/1
Ding Junhui – 28/1
View the latest 2019 Snooker World Championship odds.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication