We now have the draw for the 2019 World Snooker Championship and it is very bottom heavy. Ronnie O’Sullivan, as the No.2 seed, is in the very bottom bracket meaning he can meet Judd Trump, the only player who has truly stuck it to him all season, as early as the third round. Mark Allen, who has had a very strong season is also housed in the bottom half, alongside multiple World Champion Mark Selby and Jack Lisowski, who continues to climb up the rankings with a string of strong results and was runner-up in last week’s China Open.
The top bracket consists of an out of form Mark Williams, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy plus the outclassed David Gilbert and just a brace of strongish players in the form of Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham. Of course I’ve not mentioned Neil Robertson who is enjoying his best ever season and was imperious in last week’s China Open, the competition that has proven itself to be the chief form indicator to the outcome of the World Championship title in recent years.
With three ranking titles in 2019 and an additional three final appearances Robertson was always a strong fancy for this competition but with the way the draw has opened up for him, he rates outstanding value at 6/1 each-way (half the odds 1-2 terms) with Paddy Power.
Neil Robertson each way at 6/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power