Betfair World Snooker Championships 2013
This entry was posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013
5 Things that will Happen
The emergence of a new generation:
Stephen Hendry won’t be there for the first time in over 25 years, and with Mark Williams and John Higgins no longer true contenders (although not quite at the John Parrott ‘comedy’ stage just yet), 2013 may be the Championship where a new generation reaches national prominence.
But beware Ronnie:
He may say this is all one big reality show, but if any player can just wake up in the morning, have a quick shave and rattle off a cheeky 147 at the Crucible, it is the Rocket. The most natural snooker player of all time must surely be backed pre-tournament, as a strong showing in the first round will see his price tumble. Peter Ebdon was reported in the press last week as saying O’Sullivan was “phenomenal” in practise, and that anyone who beats him will have to, “play out of their nut.” Wherever that is.
Judd Trump will be over-hyped:
Gobby, good-looking by the standards of a sport that has traditionally seen men wear glasses the wrong way around, and brilliant on his day, Judd Trump will continue to write headlines and newspaper coverage far in excess of his ability. In the two years since Trump lost a classic world final to Higgins, he hasn’t notably improved. So far in 2013 he is yet to reach a single final, and has been knocked out by non-seeded players in four of the last seven big events.
Mark Allen will win:
While Judd seems perennially over-rated and under-priced, the exact opposite sentiments can be applied to Mark ‘The Pistol’ Allen. A prolific breakbuilder since his teenage years, Allen has improved markedly this term. Get right on it at 16 with Betfair.
Ebdon v Dott…Again