- Winner: Judd Trump 4/1, Mark Selby 9/2, Ronnie O’Sullivan 5/1, Neil Robertson 12/1
- Since winning the world title for a second time in 2016, Mark Selby has cemented his status as the world’s No.1 player with victories at the International Championship, UK Championship and China Open.
- Judd Trump has climbed to second in the world rankings after enjoying perhaps the most consistent season of his career. He has lifted the European Masters and Players Championship trophies, whilst also reaching three other ranking finals.
- Ronnie O’Sullivan was at his blistering best as he won The Masters in January but has otherwise had a fairly quiet season and arrives at Sheffield as the 12th seed. Shaun Murphy, Ding Junhui. John Higgins and Marco Fu are among the other players to have enjoyed purple patches at times this term, but some other star names such as Neil Robertson have struggled.
Judd Trump’s position as bookmakers’ favourite can partly be explained by his excellent form, but a more significant reason is that he has been placed in what looks to be the easier half of a lopsided draw. Stuart Bingham and the veteran John Higgins may be in his section, but the draw is seriously top-heavy, with Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Shaun Murphy, the in-form Marco Fu and last year’s runner-up Ding Junhui all grouped together, as well as several other dangerous players. Only one can go all the way to the final, so an Each Way bet on Trump looks a smart move as he is comfortably the best player in the bottom half on current form.
Anyone looking for the best odds may wish to consider other options to Trump, Selby and O’Sullivan, who are well clear of the rest in the outright betting. Again, the bottom half is surely the best place to look, and Kyren Wilson may be the one to keep an eye on. The odds of the 25-year-old winning the trophy have drifted out to 40/1 after a largely disappointing season, but there were encouraging signs in his run to the China Open semi-finals last month and he has the break-building ability to knock out anyone on his day. The World Championship also provides great opportunities for in-play betting, with new markets popping up all the time for who will win the next frame or whether a century might be scored.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Each Way on Judd Trump to win the World Snooker Championship - 9/2
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.