Snooker betting tips: World Championship daily best bets and preview – Sporting Life

Check out our daily best bet for the World Snooker Championship, where Kyren Wilson can get the better of Stuart Bingham.

Winners so far

  • 7/2 five or more centuries in Selby v Yan
  • 7/2 five or more centuries in Page v Williams
  • 2/1 Saengkham to beat Brecel
  • 10/11 over frames line in Selby v Jones

World Snooker: Day nine best bet (April 24)

Wilson (-2.5 frames) to beat Bingham at evens (Betfair, Paddy Power)

KYREN WILSON came through the toughest first-round draw of the lot earlier in the week and he can follow up a 10-8 victory over Ding Junhui with a more authoritative one against Stuart Bingham.

Wilson should take great encouragement from that battle against Ding and the way he stuck at it, arguably teaching the Chinese a lesson or two in match craft. With his scoring trajectory having continued this year, sitting second only to Neil Robertson in centuries made, there’s a feeling that he’s once again timed things right and will peak in Sheffield.

That he’ll have to do if he’s to go on and become a world champion and against a former one in Bingham, he can’t afford another slow start. But it was a rapid start which proved decisive when they met at this stage five years ago, Wilson winning the first five frames, and that’s also something he can take heart from.

It’s easy to crab Bingham’s record here since he won it, having failed to advance past this stage until a kind draw and two deciding frames helped him do so last season, but key to confidence in Wilson is that Bingham simply isn’t performing to his potential and hasn’t all season. His most significant victories away from the sprint-format Championship League have come against Ali Carter, Stephen Maguire and Ricky Walden, and it’s little wonder he was bottom of James Cooper’s run-to-form table published on these pages before the tournament.

Wilson by contrast has beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson during a solid if unspectacular campaign, and he beat Bingham when they met at the Masters in January. Indeed he’s always been comfortable against Ball Run and having had plenty of time to recover from those exertions against Ding, he should be far too sharp from the get-go.

Options are plentiful and there’s probably some mileage in the scoring stats betting, with Wilson fancied to win a centuries match bet, as there is in backing him to take the opening session. Loose change towards 13-7, 13-8 and 13-9 is another, but we’ll keep things simple given that there’s even-money on offer for Wilson to win 13-10 or better.

That was the score in 2017, and the margin might be wider this time as Wilson eases into the last eight, where he will take some beating regardless of whether it’s Judd Trump or Anthony McGill in opposition.


Day eight schedule: Saturday April 23

Second round (best of 25)
Morning Session: 1000 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao (Match 17)
  • Zhao Xintong v Stephen Maguire (Match 23) *

Afternoon Session: 1430 BST
TV Channel: BBC One/Eurosport

  • Anthony McGill v Judd Trump (Match 20)
  • Mark Allen vs Ronnie O’Sullivan (Match 24) *

Evening Session: 1900 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao (Match 17) *
  • Neil Robertson v Jack Lisowski (Match 21)

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* Denotes final session of match

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