Four players remain at the Crucible in the World Sooker Championships, we look at betting opportunities in both games here

Recommendations

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Barry Hawkins Under 27 frames 6-5 Ladbrokes

Mark Selby v Neil Robertson: Match go to a deciding frame 7-1 Coral

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Barry Hawkins

These two meet in a repeat of last year’s final. After showing mixed form in the early rounds, Rnnie has moved through the gears since the final session of the Joe Perry match and pulverised Shaun Murphy 13-3. He is now 4/7 favourite for the title and when on song is untouchable by the rest of the field

Hawkins on the other hand struggled past Ricky Walden in the second half and then found himself 11-5 to the good against Dominic Dale, only for Dale to reel off 7 frames on the trot to lead 12-11. Hawkins gathered himself and showed character to win from there

In last year’s final, O’Sullivan won 18-12, and he is 1/8 to win this re-match, and 6.5 frame favourite on the handicap for this best of 33 frame/first to 17 match. I think there is a reasonable chance this will be quite one-sided, even accepting that Hawkins is a tough match-player

Ladbrokes offer 6/5 Under 27 frames, so O’Sullivan would need to win by a margin of 17-9 or greater, and that looks a very good price to me

Mark Selby v Neil Robertson

This should be a great match and far closer than the first semi-final. Selby will go toe-to-toe with Robertson in break-building, safety and match temperament and is a 2.5 frame underdog on the handicap in a game that is priced in total frame markets to go over 30 frames so be closer than 17-13

Robertson showed great heart incoming from 2-6, 6-9 and 8-11 to beat Judd Trump 13-11 without ever being at his best but his superb killer instinct froze Trump out in the latter stages. I think he will reach the final but do agree that it could be very close.

Looking at ways to profit from that view I alighted on a speculative one, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the match go to a final frame, offered at 7-1 by Coral

 

Recommendations

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Barry Hawkins Under 27 frames 6-5 Ladbrokes

Mark Selby v Neil Robertson: Match go to a deciding frame 7-1 Coral