The Snooker World Championship gets underway this weekend as the best players around come together to battle it out for the biggest prize in the sport, as Betfred offer short odds and free bets on Judd Trump or Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the title at the Crucible.
With the first session underway at 10am on Saturday, this tournament runs until the 7th May when a World Champion will be decided. There are set to be plenty of twists and turns before then though.
One of the stand out matches of the opening round sees Ronnie O’Sullivan take on 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon. The latter – who has beaten O’Sullivan in Sheffield twice before – is often criticised for his slow play of course.
This isn’t something he is letting bother him ahead of the high-profile match with three-time Champion O’Sullivan though.
Speaking about his style of play, Ebdon said: “People can say what they like but I don’t care. When I’m trying my hardest I seem to go slow. I don’t do it intentionally.”
As for O’Sullivan, he is in confident mood heading to Sheffield this week and he will no doubt entertain the crowd as he has done for many years now.
The Rocket said: “I’ve had a pretty good season so far and I’ve had some pretty good results. I’ll go to Sheffield feeling I’m playing okay and I’m just looking forward to it now.”
The World Championship isn’t just about these two players though. Reigning Champion John Higgins takes on Liang Wenbo on Saturday, while Stephen Hendry faces Englishman Stuart Bingham.
Current World No.1 Mark Selby is then in action against Barry Hawkins as the big names look to avoid shock results in the early stages of this famous tournament.
As for the leading contenders for victory in Sheffield, Judd Trump is the current favourite, followed by O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Higgins and Selby. There are then a few more contenders with the likes of Mark Williams and Graeme Dott in action this week.
Overall, it should be a fantastic two weeks of snooker and it all gets underway this weekend.