World Snooker Championship Tips: Selby the right favourite but Wilson can take title

Snooker player Kyren Wilson
Gary fancies Kyren Wilson to win the World Snooker Championship

We're down to the last four at the Crucible Theatre, and here with his thoughts on the remainder of the World Championship is Gary Moss...

"After finishing runner-up to O'Sullivan last year, he now has to find that bit of magic which can help to convert his consistency in Sheffield into what it takes to land the biggest title in the sport."

We are down to the single-table setup at the Crucible - the greatest stage of all to play snooker. Just four men remain with the chance - and the dream - of becoming the 2021 world champion.

The three pre-tournament favourites - Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Ronnie O'Sullivan - have all been sent home and next in line at the head of the outright market is Mark Selby and rightly so.

He has been outstanding in all three of his matches to reach the business end of the event and boasts the best winning record at the World Championship among the remaining field.

In his way are two other former champions and Kyren Wilson - a player who has yet to get his hands on the trophy here but with all the ingredients of a future world champion.

Stuart Bingham v Mark Selby: Jester can have the last laugh

These two former world champions could hardly have come through their quarter-final contests in more contrasting fashion.

Selby breezed past Mark Williams 13-3 with a session to spare, completely outplaying his opponent with a performance of total dominance. There's very little you can do when you're in the other chair when the Jester is in this kind of mood; devastating in all departments.

Bingham - champion here in 2015 - needed the full duration of his match with Anthony McGill before prevailing 13-12. He could never quite enjoy the same kind of breathing space in his match and had to battle his way through the pressure before sealing his place in the last four for the first time since winning the event six years ago.

Selby is clearly playing brilliant snooker; better than anyone else in the tournament. He has yet to be tested in this championship winning all his matches with plenty to spare having dropped just 11 frames - less than Bingham did in his last match alone.

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Bingham though was forced to come through qualifying and looks all the sharper for it. He is scoring well and has the kind of momentum which will pose Selby plenty of problems.

This match should be tougher fought than anything Selby has faced in the tournament so far and it'll be interesting to see how he stands up to challenge; not that he lacks pedigree when things get close.

The former three-time Crucible king can never be accused of lacking steel on table, but with the agonising manner of his defeat to Ronnie O'Sullivan last year still fresh in his mind, he looks like a man on a mission to put things right and reach another final.

Recommended Bets:

Back Stuart Bingham to make the first century @ 11/10
Back Stuart Bingham to make the most centuries @ 11/5
Back Mark Selby to win 17-13 @ 11/1
Back Mark Selby to win 17-14 @ 11/1

Kyren Wilson v Shaun Murphy - Warrior to win with ease

Both underdogs in their last-eight ties, Wilson and Murphy come into this clash off the back of mammoth wins against two of the game's biggest hitters - no doubt brimming with confidence as a result.

Wilson proved just how much Crucible form counts as he booked his place in the semi-finals for the third time in four years.

The Warrior saved his best until last, winning an impressive five frames on the bounce in the final session to secure a 13-8 win against Neil Robertson. Fast becoming a specialist here in the longer-format matches, he has now reached six consecutive quarter-finals and is one win away from back-to-back finals.

After finishing runner-up to O'Sullivan last year, he now has to find that bit of magic which can help to convert his consistency in Sheffield into what it takes to land the biggest title in the sport.

He'll be giving everything when he's out there; it's the only way he knows. But his next obstacle is Shaun Murphy fresh from an impressive 13-11 victory over world number one Judd Trump.

The damage was done in the second session of that match as he opened up a commanding 10-6 lead. Despite being pegged back to 11-11 in the concluding session, he managed to hold himself together to get over the line with big pressure breaks when it mattered.

The Magician is fearless at the best of times playing an attacking brand of snooker which is always difficult to contain but with the scalp of the sport's hottest star under his belt, he will be even more dangerous as he looks to add a second Crucible title to his CV.

Recommended Bets:

Back Kyren Wilson -2.5 to win @ 5/4
Back Kyren Wilson to win 17-11 @ 14/1
Back Kyren Wilson to win 17-12 @ 14/1

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