Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Premier League Snooker - 10/1 Double...

Premier League Snooker continues tomorrow from the Spiceball Leisure
Centre in Banbury where Mark Allen takes on Peter Ebdon followed by
Neil Robertson up against Shaun Murphy.

Ebdon proved in his opening 5-1 win here against Stephen Lee that he
can play quickly enough to be a threat. He only plays so slowly in
tournaments because he's convinced himself that he has a better chance
that way. His opponent Allen didn't have much run when losing to John
Higgins in their opener two weeks ago but the standard from both
players was quite poor. Indeed Higgins showed remarkable improvement
to lift the Shanghai Masters in impressive style upon which form he is
a contender for more silverware this season.


Ebdon and Murphy - Decent priced double

A repeat of that form from Allen though makes Ebdon at 3/1 (StanJames)
far too big and it has to be worth a punt. In his first round match in
Shanghai against Stephen Maguire, Ebdon spent a few minutes querying a
free ball decision although it was obvious that the correct call had
been made. But here you just have to get on with it which will help
him. At the start of his career he played quickly and his heavy win
against Lee proved he can perform under time pressure.

in the second match of the night Neil Robertson will fancy his chances
after thrashing Mark Selby 5-1 in week two of the event. The Aussie
did have some run at the start though which set the tone for the match
- but he was impressive. Contrast that with Shanghai last week when he
laboured to a 5-2 over the wildcard Chen Feilong and then struggled
when whitewashed by a surprisingly clinical Joe Perry.

His opponent Murphy has been knocking on the door recently and is in
great form.  Although in his second match here he quickly went 3-0 to
Stuart Bingham he did improve to salvage a draw. In addition he made
the semi-finals of both the Shanghai Masters and PTC3 in Gloucester
earlier this month. Murphy needs a win here to have any real chance of
making the play-offs and he has the bottle to deliver. Given the
recent form of both players I'm surprised that layers make Robertson
favourite. The 15/8 (general) about Murphy should be snapped up and
we'll put him in a small stake double with Ebdon which pays over 10/1
- again with StanJames.

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