World Snooker Bet of the Day: Robbo can edge another classic

Neil Robertson's form has been the highlight of this year's World Championship
Neil Robertson's form has been the highlight of this year's World Championship

Tonight's semi-final sees Neil Robertson and Mark Selby renew a rivalry that has spanned all the top events bar this one. Paul Krishnamurty is backing the Aussie in their first ever Crucible encounter...

"Robertson must be the selection. There's a suspicion that he learnt lessons in those big defeats to Selby and now knows how to cope with his playing style. Nobody has been in better form than the Aussie."

Neil Robertson and Mark Selby have developed a fascinating rivalry over the past couple of seasons, involving the battle to be world number one and several meetings in big events. This evening they will meet for the first time in the World Championship and everything points towards a classic.

Selby leads their career head-to-head record by an impressive 12-6 margin, but that offers a poor guide as most of his wins were in the relatively meaningless Championship League. In the events that matter, Robbo has bossed the head-to-head of late. The Aussie has won their last four ranking event encounters, including a superb come-from-behind effort in the UK Championship final. However, Selby can take heart from his victory in the 2013 Masters final and a previous victory from 4-0 down in the 2012 UK semis.

Both have impeccable title credentials. A notorious grinder, best over longer matches, Selby (8.88/1 to win the World Championships) has always looked the type to win a world title. After an easy quarter-final win, he should be the fresher player as Robbo was engaged in another thriller last night against Judd Trump. That may tell in the opening session and should act as a warning to anyone planning to take 1.538/15 about the Aussie. Waiting for a better price in-running looks a superior plan.

Nevertheless, Robertson must be the selection. There's a suspicion that he learnt lessons in those big defeats to Selby and now knows how to cope with his playing style. Nobody has been in better form than the Aussie and the way he finished against Trump and Mark Allen in the previous round suggests he could even give Ronnie O'Sullivan a serious match should they meet in the final.

As alluded to above, backing Robertson in-running could be my chosen strategy but for now, the plan is to back some correct scores. I very much doubt this will be one-sided so am going for a quartet of correct scores on a narrow Robertson win, which pays around 3.55/2 combined.


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