Championship League Snooker Odds and Predictions – June 1 2020

Will Allen be on the Mark in Milton Keynes?

Allen / Northern Ireland ©imago images / VCG 01.06.2016

Of all the sports looking to gradually ease their way back following the Covid-19 pandemic, snooker is probably one of those best equipped.
It is far easier to quarantine individuals such as players and match officials in one central location and snooker, or billiards, was never really intended as a spectator sport. A few gentleman among the card tables with brandy and cigars following dinner, perhaps, but it was always essentially one vs one across the green baize with only talk about politics or business as a distraction before the advent of colour TV took it to a whole new level.

Championship League Format

All of a sudden the Championship League, a relatively minor event on the circuit, has been promoted to a key trail for the World Championship qualifiers, which are scheduled for mid-July, and the big tournament itself which was put back from April.

There are 64 players are hoping to play in the tournament at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. They are split into 16 groups of four, with the winner proceeding to the next round where they are divided into four-man groups again and the victors of those groups will battle it out in the final group, similar to darts’ PDC Home Tour.

All players must test negative for Covid-19 to enter the venue. The accommodation is on site and other safety measures is place will include social distancing measures in place throughout the venue. Players seated at least two metres apart during matches and must use anti-bacterial hand sanitiser before matches. There will be no handshakes and referees will endeavour to keep two metres away from players when possible.

Championship League Snooker First Round Draw

Monday June 1st Group 2
Judd Trump
Group 13
David Gilbert
Daniel Wells Stuart Carrington
Elliot Slessor Jak Jones
David Grace Jackson Page
Tuesday June 2nd Group 9 Group 3
Jack Lisowski Michael Holt
Luca Brecel Mark Davis
Robbie Williams Mark Joyce
Oliver Lines Louis Heathcote
Wednesday June 3rd Group 12 Group 4
Kyren Wilson Joe Perry
Ryan Day Mark King
Alfie Burden Sam Baird
Chen Feilong Harvey Chandler
Thursday June 4th Group 5 Group 14
Mark Selby Gary Wilson
Liang Wenbo Matthew Stevens
Joe O’Connor John Astley
Lee Walker Mitchell Mann
Friday June 5th Group 10 Group 15
Ronnie O’Sullivan Tom Ford
Chris Wakelin Robert Milkins
Michael Georgiou Mike Dunn
Kishan Hirani Ian Burns
Saturday June 6th Group 1 Group 8
Stuart Bingham Jimmy Robertson
Ricky Walden Ben Woollaston
Jordon Brown Liam Highfield
Jamie Clarke Alex Ursenbacher
Sunday June 7th Group 16 Group 7
Neil Robertson Barry Hawkins
Kurt Maflin Anthony McGill
Ken Doherty Craig Steadman
Ashley Carty Hammad Miah
Monday June 8th Group 11 Group 6
Mark Allen Ali Carter
Martin O’Donnell Matt Selt
Michael White Sam Craigie
Nigel Bond Dominic Dale

Championship League Snooker Betting at Betway

Championship League Outright Winner Selected Best Odds

Judd Trump 11/4
Neil Robertson 9/2
Ronnie O’Sullivan 5/1
Mark Selby 8/1
Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson 16/1
Stuart Bingham 22/1
David Gilbert 25/1
Barry Hawkins and Jack Lisowski 40/1
Alli Carter 66/1
Joe Perry and Gary Wilson 70/1
Luca Brecel 100/1
(Odds correct at 11.00 BST May 30)

Championship League Predictions

It will not have difficult for the country’s top professionals to keep up the required practice hours during lockdown but this tournament will be all about who copes best with being cooped up for a week in Milton Keynes.
For that reason, we’re prepared to overlook Ronnie O’Sullivan (a best 5/1 with Betfred) on this occasion even though there are no ranking points on the line on this occasion and, therefore, no real pressure other than to entertain (if you ignore a prize fund of over £200,000).
World number one Judd Trump is the 11/4 favourite with Unibet. He will be among the first in action and should sail through his first-round group to put himself forward as the one to brat.
Stuart Bingham (a general 22/1) and Joe Perry (70/1 on Betfair) are former winners and Neil Robertson will want to do well. The Australian is second only to Trump in the rankings and can be backed at 9/2.
KYREN WILSON and MARK ALLEN are both 16/1 with several bookmakers and a small interest in both could bring some reward.
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