World Snooker Bet of the Day: Peaking Ronnie can storm to his sixth title

Ronnie's comeback against Perry may prove to be his closest match
Ronnie's comeback against Perry may prove to be his closest match

We've reached the final in Sheffield with only Mark Selby left standing between Ronnie O'Sullivan and a sixth world title. Ronnie beat him 10-4 in the recent Masters final and Paul Krishnamurty is predicting more of the same...

"Ronnie only really found his A-game during the semi-final and appears to be peaking at just the right time. We may be about to see a repeat of the unplayable standard shown at The Masters and Welsh Open."

He begun this year's World Championship as the shortest-priced favourite in two decades and, apart from a scare in the second round, nothing has emerged to dent the confidence behind Ronnie O'Sullivan's bid for a sixth title. His opponent in today's final will be Mark Selby, who is one of the few players with a good record against O'Sullivan in finals. In the latest of them at the Masters however, Ronnie ran out a 10-4 winner and I'm expecting a similarly one-sided encounter.

Ronnie has got better as the tournament has progressed, thriving after his comeback against Joe Perry, and thrashed two world-class opponents in Shaun Murphy and Barry Hawkins with a session to spare. Players of that stature simply don't lose matches by ten and 11 frame margins and results like that demonstrate the gap between Ronnie and the rest. He has now won 14 straight matches at the Crucible, at an aggregate score of 193-105.

The other semi-final showcased pretty much the best of the rest, as Selby and Neil Robertson produced an enthralling contest. Either man would make for a worthy champion, if Ronnie wasn't around. Both are superb, complete players, but not geniuses.

Moreover, winning this title is very much about timing your run to peak form and, just as Robertson produced his best snooker in the first week, I feel Selby may have just enjoyed his finest hour of the tournament. He absolutely must shake off any effects from the late night finish as nobody can afford to start slowly against the best front-runner in the game.

In contrast, Ronnie only really found his A-game during the semi-final and appears to be peaking at just the right time. We may be about to see a repeat of the unplayable standard shown at The Masters and Welsh Open. If you like betting odds-on, the outright price of 1.374/11 does not overstate his supremacy but value-seekers will do better to look elsewhere, such as the Handicap and Correct Score options. 

In the former, 1.84/5 about Ronnie beating the 3.5 frame handicap stands out as obvious value. Only Perry and Neil Robertson have got that close to him in the last three world championships and both matches were over shorter distances. Another good value means of backing a one-sided Ronnie victory is to try a quartet of correct scores on him winning 18-7, 18-8 and 18-9. That combo pays around 6.511/2.


Recommended Bets

Back Ronnie O'Sullivan to win the 3.5 frame handicap 10u @ 1.84/5 with Betfair Sportsbook

Back Ronnie O'Sullivan to win 18-7 1u @ 27.026/1
Back Ronnie O'Sullivan to win 18-8 1.5u @ 21.020/1
Back Ronnie O'Sullivan to win 18-9 2u @ 17.016/1


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