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Tom Ford may well go to Wales
Free snooker tips, top bets and analysis for the Scottish Open, which starts in Llandudno on Monday.
When to bet
Starts at 10 a.m. on Monday
Where to look
Eurosport 2, 1 p.m. Monday
0.5pts each way 66-1 bet365
0.5pt 25-1 bet365
The snooker tour barely has time to catch its breath after Sunday’s UK Championship final before heading to the Scottish Open in the famous Scottish outpost of Llandudno, Wales.
Qualifying matches, which involve the top 16 players and the two wildcards, will be played at the venue, meaning the heavy hitters still have work to do to get into the actual competition.
Considering the short format matches and the low-key nature of the event, there is no great desire to take short prizes on the fancy cuemen and it might pay off to look further into the betting.
Tom Ford is a 66-1 hit and the Leicester Potter certainly has the game to surpass those odds.
The Model T only reached the UK Championship second round last week but lost in a decisive game to Luca Brecel and on another day it could have been Ford bothering the judge in York.
Ford have made four qualifying event semi-finals over the past three seasons and appear to have a good draw at Llandudno.
Mark Davis is Ford’s first-round opponent and a second-round tie against Sunny Akani, Stephen Maguire or Yuan Si Jun doesn’t seem too intimidating. Mark Selby is the big name this quarter, but if you have to play the jester the best chance of winning is probably in these games at best of seven frames.
Barry Hawkins performed well in York last week, reaching the semi-finals and with confidence regained it looks like he’s worth supporting in the first half of the draw.
The Hawk went through a bit of a meager period, but the former World Championship finalist still made the last four of the German Masters, Players’ Championship and Tour Championship last season.
Kyren Wilson and Brecel are housed in the Hawkins quarter, but the removal of Neil Robertson makes it easier and the Kent cueman has the full game to play out at 25-1.
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 2:20 PM, DEC 5, 2021