World Snooker Championships, Sunday, 10am. Live on BBC, Eurosport
Peter Ebdon v Graeme Dott
This could be an absolute grueller of a match for a Sunday morning. We know that Peter Ebdon (6/4) has a relentless, grinding style of play and Graeme Dott is similar.
I expect Dott – who’s in slightly better form – to come through at 8/15. But it won’t be easy. This will be a very hard game. It’s going to be a 10-8 or 10-9.
John Higgins v Mark Davis
Mark Davis is a 5/2 shot to beat John Higgins – but he’s no mug. Even those he’s a top 16 player he had to qualify this year because Higgins is seeded No 1.
While I expect Higgins to come through – this will be a good test for him and I’m looking at a 10-7 /10-8 match.
Will there be a 147 at the Crucible?
I’m sure there’ll be a maximum and at 11/10 it’s a fair bet as you will have an interest for 17 days. They’re long sessions here. The first round are best of 19 frames and then they go to best of 25 for the second round so there’s plenty of time to get the cueing action going.
With the game’s best players at Sheffield and the tournament set up for them to shine – I’m convinced we’ll see a maximum break.