Mark Selby vs Yan Bingtao Betting Tip Bingtao +2.5 Handicap – 17th March 2020

Bingtao can spring a surprise in opener against Selby

Yan Bingtao /China ©imago images / ChinaImages 16.03.2020

EnglandMark Selby vs Yan BingtaoChina
17th March 1300hrs
Snooker – Wales – Tour Championship 2020
Pick Bingtao +2.5 Handicap
Bookmaker William Hill
Odds: 4/5 odds taken 05:51 GMT, Monday 15th March 2020

There is a fascinating clash between 3rd seed Mark Selby and 6th seed Yan Bingtao at the Tour Championship. It will be the first meeting between the two of them so there’s no head to head to explore. Given the form produced by the pair in recent ranking events however, there could be a hint of an upset.

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Selby still searching for form

Mark Selby bowed out in the third round of the Gibraltar Open on the weekend. After receiving a first-round walkover, he eased past Lee Walker in the second round. But then Selby crumbled to a 4-1 loss against China’s Lyu Haotian.

Selby has won two ranking titles this year. The most recent of those was in December’s Scottish Open. In none of the six ranking events in the season since, has Selby made it past the quarter-finals.

The Englishman had taken a bow in the first round of two of his last five ranking events. So there is a touch of vulnerability there. Because of that, it may be worth considering taking him on in snooker betting.

In last year’s Tour Championship, Selby lost in the first round. That was in a tight battle with Neil Robertson, who went on to finish runner up in the event.

Our betting prediction:
Bingtao Outright

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(odds taken 05:51 GMT, Monday 15th March 2020)

It has been a while now since we have seen the best from the Jester from Leicester. He had started the campaign so strongly but has faded. Will he suffer the same fate as he did last year at the Tour Championship?


Bingtao bang in form

China’s Yan Bingtao has not had any problems with form down the back stretch of the season. In the last three ranking events, he has been to one final at the Players Championship and two other semi-finals. So there has been form.

Form and confidence goes hand in hand. He did crash in the first round of the Gibraltar Open over the weekend, as he was blanked in a 4-0 loss against Tian Pengfei. But in a longer match, the best of 17, you would expect to get close to Selby.

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This will be his debut at the Tour Championship and that alone is a nod towards how strongly he has finished. He won the first ranking event of the season as well, the Riga Masters.

You look back at some of his recent performances at the Players Championship. He was really in great shape there taking notable wins over Kyren Wilson and Shaun Murphy on the way to finishing runner up.


Mark Selby vs Yan Bingtao Betting Advice

There is enough to warrant serious consideration in backing Bingtao to take this match. You can see that his self-belief has come back over the latter half of the season and he has been producing well in recent events.


Key Facts – Mark Selby vs Yan Bingtao Betting Tip

  • Mark Selby has not been pst the quarter-finals in any of his last six ranking events
  • Mark Selby lost in the first round of last year’s Tour Championship
  • Yan Bingtao has reached the semi’s in three of his last four ranking appearances


The Gibraltar tournament for both was just a strange one. But Bingtao can take advantage of Selby’s recent struggles with form. The Chinese player is worth considering at a +2.5 handicap without question in this, his first meeting with Selby.


The best betting odds for Mark Selby vs Yan Bingtao

Mark Selby to win: 2/5 at William Hill
Yan Bingtao: 19/10 at William Hill