Monday's UK Snooker Tips: Big-guns to restore faith in the formbook

Snooker player John Higgins
John Higgins is expected to brush aside Jak Jones

"John Higgins has a rare chance of another major title now the draw is opening up, and remains very efficient against inferior types."

Paul Krishnamurty has scoured today's UK Championship coupon and recommends bets in five of the eight matches...

Seven of the 16 seeds were eliminated during an extraordinary weekend of upsets at the UK Championship. Most sensationally, Ronnie O'Sullivan was turned over by 9-1 outsider Alex Ursenbacher, as flagged up in yesterday's piece. Will the carnage continue?

Trump and Robertson top Monday's bill

Monday's eight matches include four very one-sided affairs. The best odds available about any of Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, John Higgins and Anthony McGill to progress is just 1.21/5. An acca on the Sportsbook pays 1.9420/21.

That isn't my kind of bet, not least because the nature of snooker means one of them will probably drift to those skinny odds at some stage in-running. However, I do expect them all to win and am not interested in opposing.

A case could be made for either Trump or Robbo's opponents based on their history. Liang Wenbo beat the former in the 2016 English Open final and is capable of anything on his day. Li Hang has a very respectable head-to-head deficit with the Aussie - trailing 2-3 in matches, 17-20 in frames.

Favourites very hard to oppose

Much has changed since 2016.

Trump is twice the player and has won their four subsequent meetings. He's reached every semi this season and is inching closer to peak form.

For an interest, try 6-3 at 4/1.

Back Judd Trump to win 6-3 1u @ 4/1
Back Neil Robertson to win 6-3 1u @ 4/1

Hang is a solid player in the early rounds but limited. If Robertson plays as on Saturday, he'll win in a canter. Again, try 6-3 at 4/1 as the head-to-head suggests Hang won't be thrashed.

Four picks to combine in multiples

Nothing really stands out as a single so instead, I'm trying a multiple bet - four trebles and an acca - on the following four selections.

4 x 1 unit trebles, 1 x 1 unit acca

Over 1.5 Centuries in Robertson v Hang @ 8/11
John Higgins for the -3.5 Frame Handicap @ 11/10
Over 9.5 Frames @ 5/4 in Grace v Guodong
Over 9.5 Frames @ 5/4 in Hawkins v Milkins

Regarding the first pick, Robbo has hit at least two in nine of his last 11 matches and Hang's tons record is respectable.

Higgins to dominate Jones again

Next, Higgins to win the -3.5 Frame Handicap against Jak Jones. The Scot has a rare chance of another major title now the draw is opening up, and remains very efficient against inferior types. He beat Jones 5-1 at the recent English Open.

Finally, Over 9.5 Frames in the two matches I rate likeliest to go the distance. In both Xiao Guodong v David Grace and Barry Hawkins v Robert Milkins, I make the betting slightly closer than the pre-match odds of around 1.51/2 for the favourite.

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