Welsh Open Snooker 2019 Winner Odds & Preview

Snooker season rolls straight on to Cardiff

Snooker Betting

There is no let up in the top snooker action at the moment as the Welsh Open makes it onto the scene this week. The action from Cardiff starts on February 11th and goes through to the 17th. This immediately follows on from the World Grand Prix which in turned followed straight on after the German Masters.

So there is plenty of form around to eye up the front-runners in Welsh Open Snooker 2019 betting. It is Ronnie O’Sullivan starting as an 11/4 front runner* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.)

Welsh Open Snooker Winner Odds*

Ronnie O’Sullivan 11/4
Judd Trump 11/2
Mark Selby 15/2
Neil Robertson 14/1
Mark Allen 14/1
Kyren Wilson 14/1
Mark Williams 14/1
John Higgins 18/1
Ding Junhui 18/1
Barry Hawkins 20/1
Shaun Murphy 33/1
Stuart Bingham 33/1
Allister Carter 40/1
Ryan Day 50/1
66/1 bar
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.)

Welsh Open 2019

This leg of the Home Nations series is the 13th ranking event of this season and it is action from the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. The reigning champion is John Higgins who is an 18/1 quote to defend this title* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.). This is a big tournament with 128 players entering so there is plenty of quality snooker betting action to dig into.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan, who lost this season’s Masters to Judd Trump rolls into Cardiff as one of the main contenders. After skipping the recent German Masters, he was back in action at last week’s World Grand Prix but suffered a shock first-round exit as 31st seed Marcu Fu took him out. O’Sullivan has history at the Welsh Open as he has won the event four times before. Only reigning champion John Higgins has had more success there with five titles. O’Sullivan’s last win at the even was in 2016.

John Higgins

The Scotsman has won two of the last four editions of the Welsh Open. Like O’Sullivan, he had an early exit at the World Grand Prix as he was beaten by Noppon Saengkham in the first round. While he had a great 2017/18 season collecting three titles, Higgins is still searching for his first of this term. His best effort his season was in reaching the final of the China Championship back in September last year. There has been little of note since, but he has big tournament form.

Judd Trump

Trump is a man in form and he really has his tail up after his Masters title. Throw in win at the Northern Ireland Open, the semi at the Scottish Open and a quarterfinal at the German Masters, the recent form is there. With a title under his belt at the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham over the weekend, Trump may really be the one to catch in the field as he goes off at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.). His best effort at the Welsh Open was a losing finalist in 2017.

Mark Selby

Selby will be getting sick of seeing Judd Trump. It was Trump who knocked him out of the Masters and then he just did so again at the World Grand Prix. Selby took a heavy loss in the quarterfinals at Cheltenham, going down 5-1 against Trump. He is one of the top players in the world but has been struggling to get deep in tournaments for a while now. He looks as if he needs to put together a big confident run of form somewhere for a boost. He has won a Welsh Open title before.

Other contenders

Other notable former winners in the draw include Mark Williams (2), Ding Junhui, Ali Carter and Neil Robertson. In looking at players like this then you are heading down into territory of each way odds. Out of them, it was Ding Junhui who has the most recent title, beating Mark Selby in the 2012 final. He went back to the final as well two years later where he was beaten by O’Sullivan. Ali Carter just came from nowhere to reach the final of the World Grand Prix over the weekend.

Predictions

Trump has a pretty hot hand at the moment and has to be worth a look. He’s not short on confidence for sure. But winning back to back titles is not an easy thing and you just wonder how long Ronnie O’Sullivan will likely be kept out of the winner’s circle. Because Trump is actually trading so well, it puts a bit of value actually back on O’Sullivan. So we’re backing The Rocket to rise to the occasion in Cardiff.


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