Roy The Boy looks at this weekend's World Snooker Championship final between John Higgins and Mark Williams and believes the two 92’ers will take the World Snooker crown to the death.
Much has been written about snooker's ‘Class of 92’ - Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams and John Higgins. Three snooker players who turned pro in 1992 and who have since, between them, netted millions in prize-money alongside no end of trophies, titles and accolades. And Monday night will see either Williams or Higgins lift the 2018 World Snooker Championship trophy aloft.
With the exception of Higgins’ demolition of Jack Lisowski (13-1) in the second round, neither player has had things easy en-route to the final. The semi-finals were particularly bruising affairs. Higgins could not get ahead of Kyren Wilson by more than two frames for most of the match, only stamping his authority on the game at the very end when winning by 17 frames to 13. Williams looked unlikely to beat Barry Hawkins for much of the journey and never got ahead until the final knockings. He never won a session, apart from the last one (by 6 frames to 2) and that was enough to give him a 17 - 15 decision.
But that is characteristic of this duo. You do not win six world championship titles unless you are up for a scrap and this pair should scrap all the way to the line. Just consider 5 of the final 6 frames in Saturday night’s Hawkins/Williams semi went to the Welshman and not one of them was won by more than 30 points or featured a break of 50+.
So for me, 31.5+ frames in the final is the bet. Betvictor are offering even-money about this two needing 32 or more frames to decide a winner. Not only does that look likely in this ‘Best of 35 Frames’ match, the
stats say it is massively over-priced. All of the last four finals have been 18 - 14 or 18 - 15 scorelines, as were 11 of the finals since 2000. Few of those matches, from a betting viewpoint, looked as tightly matched as the game which starts at 3pm this Sunday.