The second round gets underway in Sheffield today, with Ronnie O'Sullivan topping the bill. Paul Krishnamurty is expecting a one-sided encounter with Joe Perry.
"When winning the Welsh Open and Masters titles, his cumulutive correct score amounted to 64-17, with better players than Perry beaten by a bigger margin over shorter distances."
In a first round otherwise littered with upsets and drama, the tournament favourite progressed with ease and it is looking increasingly likely that Ronnie O'Sullivan will win his sixth world title in a canter. With Ding Junhui out, the Rocket is certain to start overwhelming odds-on favourite in every match until the final. One measure of his supremacy is that he's a shorter price to win his second round match with a session to spare than to lose it.
That may seem harsh on a solid performer like Joe Perry, but it is very hard to see anything other than a one-sided O'Sullivan victory. He's won 10 out of 12 of their previous encounters, the last three for the loss of just one frame. Moreover, while Perry did very well to overhaul a deficit in the first round, his opponent Jamie Burnett made it easy and offered chance after chance. This is a completely different level, at which 'Gentleman Joe' has consistently fallen short throughout his long career.
Obviously there's little mileage in taking 1.11/10 to win the match, but as in the first round, there are numerous more rewarding speciality bets available. In particular, Ronnie rates outstanding value to beat the 5.5 frame handicap. When winning the Welsh Open and Masters titles, his cumulutive correct score amounted to 64-17, with better players than Perry beaten by a bigger margin over shorter distances. For the correct score, lets try 13-4 and 13-5, which pays around 5.04/1 combined.
Back Ronnie O'Sullivan to win the 5.5 frame handicap 10u @ 1.910/11
Back Ronnie O'Sullivan to win 13-4 1u @ 11.010/1
Back Ronnie O'Sullivan to win 13-5 1.5u @ 9.08/1
Note: As these bets are published early, when liquidity is still weak, prices are a guide based on odds comparison websites.
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