Final at UK snooker championship. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
Our snooker pundit Vladimir Sinitsin is giving his view on the final at UK championship.
Neil Robertson is an undisputed favorite here. He’s got 10 wins in ranking events. He should get the eleventh and level with Ding. Liang’s got to the finals only once before. He played against Ronnie O’Sullivan. Wenbo was playing in a risky way. And what did he get? He won 5 frames and lost 5:10. Now, the Chinese player has to loosen up, because he’s already showed some great results. Wenbo has moved up to 15th position. Getting into the final means 70,000 in prize money and another 12,500 even if he loses first match at Masters tournament he’s qualified for. Liang’s a good player. He’s got as many centuries at the UK championship as Neil had. Robertson will be put under pressure, because everyone expects a confident win from him. Let’s remember Shanghai Masters this season. Judd Trump was playing against Kyren Wilson. It seemed Kyren had no chance, but he won. And don’t forget Wenbo has won 2 times against Robertson at the European tour.
I think there will be no less than 15 frames here. Total over 15.5 seems like an interesting choice to me. I think that 10:6 for Neil seems like a realistic score. It’s difficult to choose a handicap. I think Wenbo’s win with +4.5 handicap seems decent. The odds are 1.73.
Let’s sum it up. I think, the final will be interesting with no fewer than 16 frames and Wenbo won’t be hopeless.
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