Roy The Boy says Ryan Day is a good bet as underdog to beat Marco Fu in Northern Ireland Open snooker.
Tuesday is Day in Snooker’s Northern Ireland Open
There’s a £1 million prize on offer for any player who can win all four of tournaments which make up Snooker’s Home Nation Series. With Liang Wenbo winning the first event, the English Open, it’s fair to say World Snooker’s underwriters are not losing too much sleep in regards to them handing over the prize.
The second tournament in this series got underway on Monday with the opening games of the Northern Ireland Open played in Belfast. This is the ninth ranking event of the 2016/17 season and the 128 player field consists of ‘best of 7-frame games until the quarter finals when they become ‘best of 9’, then ‘best of 11’ and there’s a ‘best of 17’ frame decider.
At the outset only Coral were pricing up the outright market and they made Ronnie O’Sullivan their 3/1 jolly ahead of Ding Junhui (5/1) and John Higgins 15/2. Indeed, as the first round games are underway they remain the only firm with any outright prices on offer and, suffice to say many of the big names of the game are missing from the start list.
However the opening round matches have been priced-up by every major firm and while there looks to be some discrepancies and mistakes, outstanding value and an odds-against selection is hard to find.
Thankfully there is one place to invest and that is on the Marco Fu vs Ryan Day match scheduled to start at 8pm on Tuesday. Day can be backed at 6/5 on the Betfair Sportsbook for this one and, given he has prevailed the last three times this duo has clashed, we think it is a great bet.
Day may be ranked No. 23 and Fu No.13 but the 36-year-old Welshman has been playing well of late, reaching the third round of the World Open, fourth round of the English Open and quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters. Fu, meanwhile, has not progressed beyond the second round of any of the seven ranking events he has played this season.
Given his superior recent head-to-head record Ryan Day has to be the call here.
Ryan Day to beat Marco Fu at 6/5 with 888Sport