Roy The Boy previews the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix Snooker and he really likes the 66/1 about Martin Gould.
66/1 is as Good as Gould in Ladbrokes World Grand Prix Snooker
Sporting Bet and Bet Victor have underestimated the form of Martin Gould in the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix which starts in Llandudo, Wales, on Tuesday.
This competition, featuring the world’s 32 top ranked players based on a one-year ranking system which ran from July’s Australian Goldfields Open through to last week’s Gdynia Open in Poland, may be brimming with ‘big name’ players but, on recent form, Martin Gould’s name repeatedly crops up when combing through the current season’s form-lines.
Just last week Gould finished runner-up (to Mark Selby who is top-priced 8/1 for the World Grand Prix) in the Gdynia Open. During the course of the competition Martin Gould posted four century+ breaks (127, 125, 116 and 104) making him the joint most successful break builder during the competition.
Prior to this result the 34-year-old Londoner had won the German Masters and enjoyed a final table appearance at the Australian Goldfield’s Open (beaten 9-8) and quarter-final finishes in both the Shanghai Masters and UK Championship during the current season.
That raft of results has seen him rise to No. 15 in the world rankings and enter this event as No. 3 of the 32 players. Most importantly Gould is on the crest of a wave and confidence is king in snooker.
On the downside Gould is scheduled to meet Ronnie O’Sullivan in the third round of the World Grand Prix. But every silver lining has a cloud and O’Sullivan’s 26 game unbeaten streak ended in last week’s Championship League.
And if/when Ronnie does get turned over it invariably happened in a short-game format. All Ladbrokes World Grand Prix matches are over the best of seven frames until a best-of-11 semi-final and a best-of-19 frame final. Let us not forget he trained Neil Robertson by 5-frames-to-2 in the recent Welsh Open final.
At 66/1 Martin Gould has to be backed each-way for this competition. Betfred and Betfair are of a similar opinion; after all they go just 20/1 about him.
Given he meets Ronnie in the 3rd round, if they progress, a win only bet looks best here, with a view to maybe trading something if he progresses to the semi or the final.
1.5 points win Martin Gould at 66/1 with BetVictor and Sportingbet