John Higgins stands out at 16/1 (general) at the Players Tour Championship Finals in Preston starting tomorrow. The Scot is coming into form at the right time with the Crucible less than four weeks away. He was impressive in Haikou at the WOold Open a fortnight ago – especially in beating a confident Judd Trump 5-4 from 4-0 down.
John Higgins – Has the form and bottle to prevail in Preston
Also he has the pedigree to perform on the big stage and for big money – the first prize here is £100000. Has a potential clash with Ding Junhui in the last 16 but if he comes through that then he should at least make the semi-finals.
The in-form and supremely confident Ronnie O’Sullivan is a best priced 9/4 favourite. Can he win again? He is well drawn but best of seven throughout so we’ll look elsewhere. Although even in these short races his adage of ‘just play the best shot you can’ is certainly putting his opponents under extreme pressure so don’t rule him out.