Front-runners have been struggling to get over the line this week at The Crucible, and Paul Krishnamurty reckons Marco Fu could be vulnerable to a comeback from a player that has caused him trouble here before...
"Their last three matches went to a deciding frame and momentum could easily switch around to set up yet another cliffhanger in what is already proving to be a memorable tournament."
Marco Fu and Martin Gould have met twice previously in the first round of the World Championship and, on both occasions, the Englishman won 10-8 after trailing at halfway. In 2010, Gould came from 5-2 behind and a year later from 6-3. Those happy memories can only be a bonus for Gould as he heads into the second session again trailing 6-3.
If truth be told, Gould has been bit of a disappointment. One of the most fluent players on the tour, he has won the Shootout and often thrived in shorter formats such as PTCs or the Championship League. However he's always struggled in the bigger events and remains most famous for blowing an 11-5 lead against Neil Robertson here in 2010.
Nevertheless, the gap between Gould and a lesser seed like Fu is minimal, very much dependent on their form on the day. Their last three matches went to a deciding frame and momentum could easily switch around to set up yet another cliffhanger in what is already proving to be a memorable tournament.
Therefore I'm trying a back to lay, taking 7.06/1 about Gould with a view to banking profit if he shortens to the 2.89/5 lay target at any stage of the match. In order to do so, Gould would only need close the gap to one frame and get in the first in the next. This is, in effect, a bet at 2.56/4.
Back to lay
Back Martin Gould to beat Marco Fu 4u @ 7.06/1
Place in-running order to lay 10u @ 2.89/5