The latest Snooker World Championship live stream schedule & odds from Sunday’s play, featuring Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire & Joe Perry, as Bet365 continue to live stream all the action from the Crucible in Sheffield.
Fourth seed Ding Junhui is considered a comfortable 1/14 favourite to beat England’s Michael Wasley in the first round whilst 16th seed Joe Perry prepares for a tough clash with Scotland’s Jamie Burnett.
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the past few months, it seems that there has been very little that has been able to stop China’s Ding Junhui from becoming one of the top players in professional snooker.
However, now is the time for the world number three to show what he is made as he takes on qualifier Michael Wasley in the first round of the 2014 World Snooker Championships.
Junhui goes into the game on the back of some impressive form having won no more than 5 ranking tournaments this
season including the China Open, the Shanghai Masters and the German Masters making him the first player in 20 years to win three ranked events in a row.
This scintillating form has turned “The Chinese Sensation” into one of the hot favourites for the tournament as he looks to reach the final for the first time in Sheffield having gone as far as the semi-finals back in 2011.
It certainly wouldn’t be that much of a surprise considering that Junhui reached the last eight of last year’s tournament until he was beaten by Barry Hawkins.
After seeing the hot form of his opponent, qualifier Michael Wasley will know that he will need to rely on his recent success sin qualifying to stand any real chance in the tie.
The world number 75 produced a major upset to beat world number 16 Robert Millkins to set up the tie and enable the Gloucester native to make his first ever appearance at the World Championships.
Despite his form giving him some confidence, Wasley has never made it beyond the first round of any ranked tournament and this could leave him slightly disadvantaged against the more-experienced Jinhui.
Sunday’s action will also what could be a very entertaining match between 16th seed Joe Perry and world number 43 Jamie Burnett face off knowing that a victory will set up a clash with defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Perry has enjoyed a reasonably strong season having reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Open which included a convincing 5-1 win over World number 2 Mark Selby in the last eight.
Scotland’s Jamie Burnett has shown some promise this season beating top names such as Neil Robertson and Mark Selby in the past and recent victories against higher opponents such as Ben Woollaston in qualifying has shown that the world number 43 still has the ability to cause anyone trouble on his day.
Sunday’s line-up will start to help the tournament take some shape and many of the top name such as Ding Junhui will be keen to showcase their talents early and underline themselves as contenders for the overall title.