Only 8 Remain at the Crucible

Shaun Murphy

It has been a good solid 10 days of intense snooker action coming from the Crucible but now we head towards the real business end of any tournament, the point where mistakes could become very costly on any players potential bank balance, the point where a hero could be made when a shot-to-nothing actually becomes a shot to greatness.

What I am banging on about is the Quarter Finals of the 2015 Betfred World Snooker Championships that are underway this morning.

The matches are detailed below with my own personal predictions for who will make the semi-finals from the remaining eight players.

Probably the most energising story of the tournament so far is that of qualifier Anthony McGill, the 24-year-old Scot has battled through three rounds of qualifying and has then beaten Stephen Maguire and the defending champion in Mark Selby. We all love an underdog and the World number 32 is now the lowest ranked player, and only qualifier, left in the tournament.

His quarter final against Shaun Murphy started at 10am this morning.

Quarter Final Draw (Predicted Winner in Bold)

  • Anthony McGill v Shaun Murphy
  • Barry Hawkins v Neil Robertson
  • Ding Junhui v Judd Trump
  • Stuart Bingham v Ronnie O’Sullivan

I am opting for Murphy simply down to the fact that he has more experience at this level, that is not to detract from McGill he is a very good player but I think Murphy will be one step too far.

Robertson is a class act and the Aussie will have too much fire-power for Barry Hawkins in my opinion.

The third match is the hardest to predict as both players are in good form, and both have been targeted with the accolade of ‘Future World Champion’. I have gone for Judd because I backed him in our charity bets to win outright but he can be a bit of a showman and try the wrong shots at the wrong time that could be his undoing.

Again Stuart Bingham is a very solid match player but Ronnie O’Sullivan when he turns up is a completely different level above, once again I think Ronnie will have too much for Bingham.

Charity Bets Update

The £25 accumulator that I placed at the beginning of the tournament on 5 first round matches came home and earned a nice little £44 towards the charity total. I also have a £25 single on Judd Trump to be outright winner which would very nicely add to the pot.

I will have one more bet on the weekend as the £25 for May – any suggestions let me me know.

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