The World Snooker Championship begins at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Saturday as the top players battle it out for the sport’s biggest prize in the season-ending showpiece.
Mark Williams is the holder and four-time champion John Higgins finished as the runner-up last year, but the two veterans head to South Yorkshire in poor form and we may see a first-time winner in 2019.
The above trio have been the form players this year and rightfully are rated as the most likely ahead of the World Snooker Championship – and this may well be Trump’s year.
The Juddernaught had won just one major, the UK Championship in 2011, prior to this season and finally ended his wait for another Triple Crown title by taking the Masters.
Trump beat O’Sullivan 10-4 in the final of the Masters and now seems to have the complete game to go all the way in Sheffield, with his safety game now among the best in the business.
Former finalist Barry Hawkins is in the top half of the draw and as such can’t face the likes of O’Sullivan, Trump, Mark Selby, Mark Allen or Ding Junhui until the final.
The Hawk may have to overcome Robertson in the semi-finals if both make it that far, but he has a strong record at the Crucible and, as an each way option, appeals at 22/1.
If you’re after a real outsider as an each-way bet then qualifier Scott Donaldson, who will take on Kyren Wilson in the first round, stands out at 200/1. The Scot is in the same half of the draw as Hawkins and the world number 39 goes into the event on the back of a semi-final appearance at the China Open.
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