UK Snooker Bet of the Day: Back Robertson for a definitive victory

Neil Robertson has been in fine form all week
Neil Robertson has been in fine form all week

The world numbers one and two have both survived some nervy finishes to make it through to the UK final and set up a repeat of last season's Betfair Masters final. Paul Krishnamurty has been on Neil Robertson from the start and has seen nothing to change his mind...

"Since that Masters reverse, Robertson has won all three of their ranking event encounters, most notably in the China Open final by the same 10-6 scoreline. He has become relentlessly consistent and nobody has played better this week."

In keeping with this tournament's long tradition of being dominated by elite players, the UK Championship final will be contested by the world's top two ranked players. Neil Robertson and Mark Selby have built up quite a rivalry over the past 18 months and today's match is arguably the most definitive yet, in terms of supremacy.

12 months ago, Selby could claim bragging rights after coming from 4-0 down to win their quarter-final en route to the UK title. A few weeks later in the next major, he confirmed that supremacy with a comfortable 10-6 win in the Betfair Masters final. It was tempting to conclude that, while Robertson's snooker was more fluent, he couldn't match Selby's formidable temperament.

The 'Melbourne Machine' couldn't have responded better. Since that Masters reverse, Robertson has won all three of their ranking event encounters, most notably in the China Open final by the same 10-6 scoreline. He has become relentlessly consistent and nobody has played better this week. Stuart Bingham's thrilling comeback gave him an almighty scare in the semi but that stern mental examination may turn out to be exactly the preparation he needed after a series of easy wins.

Selby's defence of his title has been admirable, with yesterday's superb 147 being the icing on the cake. He would be the first to admit, however, to a general lack of form. Selby has produced good spells in each match but has rarely looked like producing the sort of 'one visit' snooker needed at this level. It should also be noted that none of his fairly laboured victories were against elite players. Barry Hawkins was the strongest, and it needed a miraculous comeback from 5-3 down to win.

Whilst being wary of ever writing Selby off, my view is that punters should go with the man in better form. On the evidence of this tournament and the last nine months, that man is undoubtably Robertson. Those who followed my pre-tournament betting plan are already on, with no need to press up, but anyone taking a new position on the match is advised to take 1.75/7 about the Aussie.

Recommended bet: Back Neil Robertson 6u @ 1.75/7

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