Three Long Shot Tips for the World Championship



When it comes to picking a winner for the Snooker World Championship, most fans will automatically settle on Mark Selby or Ronnie O'Sullivan. With the former you know you are going to get the consistency and mentality of a true winner, whereas with the latter you know you have backed arguably the most naturally talented player ever to pick up a cue.

        

Neither player is truly infallible however. While Selby has delivered time and time again over the last few seasons, he is, at times, beatable in the big tournaments. And while some might point to the 'Crucible Curse' for his second-round defeat against Anthony McGill in 2015, he has a tendency to crash out unexpectedly from major events, such as in the first round of the 2018 Masters against Mark Williams.

  Three Long Shot Tips for the World Championship
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There is, of course, very little that can be said for O'Sullivan - snooker's biggest enigma - that has not been said before. He only has himself to beat on the table during each tournament. He could just as easily win the tournament as he could crash out in the first round citing 'boredom'.

The current odds have those two priced at 7/2 (Bet365) to win this year's World Championship. However, there is plenty of value in backing some other players if you shop around. You can get an expert breakdown on the betting with the Snooker World Championship betting guide by Freebets.co.uk, which will also provide links to the latest snooker free bet offers.

Below are three value picks for this year's tournament, showing their best prices from major UK bookmakers:

Mark Allen: 25/1 Betfred

There was an inevitability about Mark Allen winning the 2018 Masters from the moment that he thrashed Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals. The Northern Irish man is at the very top of his game and could do very well at the Crucible this year. Those odds are very generous for a player on the up. The one issue however, is that he has been on a dismal run in the World Championship, not going past the second round since 2011. He has it in him to do much, much better this year.

Shaun Murphy: 25/1 Bet365, Ladbrokes and others

A lot of snooker fans will be very surprised to see world number six Murphy so high in the odds. However, he is as low as 18/1 with William Hill and 16/1 with Stan James. Those two bookmakers probably give Murphy a closer reflection of his chances than the 25/1 offered by others. That is great news for snooker punters. Murphy has made it to three Finals at the Crucible, winning one in 2005. Does he really deserve to be double the odds of someone like Ding Junhui? A player who has nowhere near the record of Murphy at the World Championship?

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Ali Carter: 80/1 Betway Carter is one of those players who has won a little less than his talent deserves. He has twice made to the World Championship Final and twice had the misfortune of playing against an 'on-fire' Ronnie O'Sullivan. At 38-years-old, Carter is of the age and experience where he can play without pressure. The odds of 80/1 from Betway are massive when you consider he is 50/1 with other bookies. He could be the perfect shot to nothing candidate to use one of those free bet promotions on.