Ding Junhui vs Ronnie O’Sullivan Betting Tip O’Sullivan -4.5 H/C – 7th August 2020

O'Sullivan to face a tougher fight against Ding in World Championship second round

Ding Junhui / China ©imago images / VCG 02/25/2020

China Ding Junhui vs Ronnie O’Sullivan England
7th August 1900hrs
Snooker – England – World Championship
Pick Ronnie O’Sullivan -4.5 handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 4/5 odds taken 23:35 GMT, Tuesday 4th August

We can think back to some memorable matches between Ding Junbui and Ronnie O’Sullivan.

That includes their 2017 World Championship meeting which was an absolute thriller of world-class snooker, won by Ding.

Will the Chinese player cause an upset in the second round of this year’s World Championship as he takes on O’Sullivan who blasted his way through his first round match?

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Ding Junhui Preview – Can Ding handle “Rocket” Ronnie?

Ding Junui is not the kind of player that is going to be particularly daunted by the way that O’Sullivan won his opening match.

O’Sullivan dropped just one frame in the opening round, whereas Ding had a real battle on his hands.

Ding was up against Mark King in the first round and it all boiled down to a deciding frame, which Ding obviously won for 10-9 success.

So that leaves Ding, the 11th seed for the 2020 Snooker World Championships, as the 3/1 underdog for this match* (odds taken 23:35 GMT, Tuesday 4th August).

It has only been once in the last five appearances at the World Championships that Ding has not made it past the second round.

That was in last year’s event actually.

There has not been a great deal of form which has been produced by Ding Junhui this season.

His big and only title came at the 2019 UK Championship in early December last year.

Our betting prediction:
O’Sullivan First 4 Frames

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(odds taken 23:35 GMT, Tuesday 4th August)


The best effort that Ding has produced at the World Championship was in 2016 when he reached the final where he came up short against Mark Selby.

In the last five meetings between these two, Ding Junhui has taken a W2 L3 record.

So it has been fairly competitive between the two of them.

The most recent meeting happened at the 2019 UK Championship and that was won by Ding by a 6-4 scoreline.

In the overall head to head O’Sullivan is W13 D3 L5.


Ronnie O’Sullivan Preview – Can O’Sullivan keep up top form?

Ronnie O’Sullivan actually had a tricky opening match at the 2020 World Championship.

He was up against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round, but O’Sullivan raced through in record time, posting a 10-1 win.

So that naturally raised his stock in the tournament outright for 2020 Snooker World Championship odds.

The question is, will he be able to keep that up?

On paper this is another tricky match for O’Sullivan and the likelihood is that it will be closer.

Junhui is a big points-builder in matches when he gets going and should pose a stern challenge to O’Sullivan.

This season O’Sullivan has won the Shanghai Masters (non-ranking) and his only appearance in the final of a ranking event was at the Northern Ireland Open.

The Rocket is a five-time World Champion, but hasn’t been on the board since his 2013 success.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan, out of the 205 frames that he has played against Junhui, has won 125 (L80).

So that’s about a 60% frame success rate that O’Sullivan carries in matches against Junhui.

Taking a look at the handicap markets for this one, a Ronnie O’Sullivan -4.5 handicap is at 11/10* (odds taken 23:35 GMT, Tuesday 4th August).

He has now set the bar in this tournament. What is next to come from The Rocket?


Ding Junhui vs Ronnie O’Sullivan Betting Advice

We would lean towards O’Sullivan getting the win on the board in this one.

There was a question mark or two over his approach to the tournament after being vocal about a plan to have let crowds in.

But he was in ripe old form in that opening round match, but that’s a lot to try and match.


Key Facts – Ding Junhui vs Ronnie O’Sullivan Betting Tip

  • Ding Junhui won his first round match via a deciding frame
  • Ding Junhui has won 5 of 21 previous matches against O’Sullivan
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan is a 5-time World Champion


So we would dial back the expectancy on a massive victory happening for O’Sullivan here.

We could perhaps trim down the enthusiasm in a match that is the best of 25 frames to Under 4.5 on a margin of victory for The Rocket.


The best betting odds for Ding Junhui vs Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ding Junhui to win: 3/1 at Bet365
Ronnie O’Sullivan to win: 1/4 at Bet365