Ronnie favourite for World Snooker Championship – Selby close behind

We’re fast approaching the business end of the 2017 World Snooker Championship, with just eight players still standing in the tournament.

And despite heading to the Crucible as joint-favourite with Judd Trump to go all the way and win the trophy, world number one Mark Selby has been leapfrogged as the market leader by a man who knows all about how to handle being the frontrunner.

Step forward, Ronnie O’Sullivan, who is now 9/4 to win this year’s tournament.

The five-time world champ has breezed through his opening two matches with relative ease, seeing off Gary Wilson (10-7) and Shaun Murphy (13-7) respectively.

But he faces his toughest test yet in Ding Junhui in the quarter-finals.

Win that, and the Rocket will face either Marco Fu or Selby in the final.

The latter is just behind O’Sullivan in the outright betting at 11/4, although those odds could change drastically if he sees off Hong Kong Fuey in his third match at the Crucible.

John Higgins is next in the running at 4/1 to add to his four previous victories, while Barry Hawkins is 7/1 to go one better than he managed back in 2013 where he lost out to O’Sullivan in the final.

But a decent each-way shot could be Stephen Maguire.

He’s currently 18/1 to go all the way and lift the famous trophy (which would be his first win in a ranking tournament for four seasons).

He’s dropped just five frames en route to the quarters where he’ll meet Hawkins for a potential semi-final clash with either Kyren Wilson or John Higgins.

And he’s faced two difficult opponents in Anthony McGill and Rory McCleod – the latter defying the odds in the opening round to defeat Trump 10-8.

Maguire has rather unfortunately faced First Round exits in each of his last four Crucible appearances, so he’s already stopped the rot this time out.

The question is: just how far can he go?

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


Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.