With the World Championship set to kick off this morning, we at Here Is The City have decided to give you our tips for the tournaments most dangerous runners and riders.
With the World Championship set to kick off tomorrow morning, we at Here Is The City have decided to give you our tips for the tournaments most dangerous runners and riders. You may wonder where Judd Trump and Ding Junhui are hiding but we've based this largely on mentality and therefore these five stick out for us:
Neil Robertson - The affable Aussie last month beat Mark Selby 10-6 in the final of the China Open so comes into this years World Championship in great form. He was also runner-up at the Masters, again facing Selby in the final back in January. Robertson won this title back in 2010 so has the experience to do it and will want to add another with a favourable draw ahead of him looks in comparison to others. Form in 2012 was disappointing but looks much better since the turn of the year.
Mark Selby - The big one has so far eluded the Jester, though victories at the Masters and UK Championships in the this season means he comes in with the strongest championship pedigree. Is the current World No.1 for a reason, Selby has looked the man to beat on the 2012/13 tour, despite early injury problems. Has been handed a tough draw however with Mark Allen, Ding Junhui and Barry Hawkins all lurking dangermen in his quarter.
Ronnie O'Sullivan - Much has been made about the return of Ronnie's return and last years winner, a crowd favourite at the Crucible, will want to add a fifth world championship to his name. His side of the draw looks reasonable until the quarter finals (where he could face John Higgins) by which point Ronnie will hope to have reached top form. Has taken a well publicised twelve month absence from the game on a competitive level, meaning that his performances really could go either way tough. Draw
Mark Allen - The bad boy of snooker has had a mixed year and can always be unpredictable. However the talent the Northern Irishman has is unquestionable and if he hits the form that has seen him reach four finals this season, he could really trouble the field. Like Selby, has been handed a tough draw and Mark King could be a testing opener. Went out at the first round stage last year and will desperately want to avoid a recurrence.
Wildcard: Stuart Bingham - Like a fine wine, this one has been maturing with age. Has had arguably his most impressive season of his career to date, and despite his ageing years remains a dangerman. Narrowly beaten over 17 frames at the Welsh Open final in February by Stephen Maguire, he showed his capabilities over the longer distance and could make a decent each way outsider bet. Will have to do it the hard way though with Higgins and O'Sullivan waiting in his half of the draw.
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