Judd can come up Trumps in the Crucible Kickfest .
By Jeff Anderson
Judd Trump is well drawn in quarter three and on top form for his maiden World title. No longer frightened of winning and has pedigree here – reaching the final in 2011. With so many kicks at the Crucible, players who hit it the hardest suffer less which will help him. There are so many different sources of energy in the auditorium that this venue is up there with the German Masters in Berlin as the worst place for bad contacts.
Trump has buckets of flair and a victory will be good for the game too.
Kurt Maflin is no pushover against Selby in the opener tomorrow morning and is worth a punt for the match at 6/1 with the sponsors and also at the very generous 50/1 (sportingbet) to win this top quarter of the draw. He has come of age really late but has the class to see off the World Champion and then the draw will open up for him.
Robin Hull is no pushover either and is worth a nibble at 11/2 (spreadex) to beat Shaun Murphy. Unlucky last year to draw O’Sullivan in round one he still performed relatively well in losing 10-4. The Finn can play and shouldn’t be underestimated.
In other match betting Matt Selt can beat Barry Hawkins at 8/5 (general) and Graeme Dott can beat Ricky Walden at 7/4 (general) in a match that might not be pretty – or pretty dour…
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