Cheer on the jollies at Enhanced Odds
The four remaining last-16 matches in this year's UK Championship begin their first sessions at 13:30 today.
Shaun Murphy and Mark Allen cannot be split in the betting for their match, each available at 5/6. As a result, we're offering a choice of two Enhanced Odds Multiples so you can add either of them with the favourites in the other matches in ready-made four-folds with a little extra value thrown in.
Shaun Murphy reached the semi-final of this tournament last year but is not showing that same form coming into this tournament and was pushed to 9-7 by Martin Gould last round. Mark Allen thumped Stuart Bingham 9-2 and will be confident going into today's game. At the same stage last year he threw away a 5-1 lead over Mark Williams but looks to have enough in the tank to complete the job this time around.
Ali Carter (8/13 to win) will be fresher than his opponent this morning. McCulloch was ill and pulled out of their first round match after eight frames. By contrast, Peter Ebdon was made to play more than twice that. He was taken all the way by Andrew Higginson, finally beating him 9-8. The 6/5 about Ebdon is a fair reflection of his chance of winning.
Regardless of the rumours surrounding Jamie Burnett's performance in the first round, his victor Stephen Maguire looked in control at all times and is 4/7 to win today. His opponent Neil Robertson is totally capable of producing a winning performance to overcome his odds of 5/4 but Maguire will want to prove that he is in good enough form to have won his first match fair and square.
The enigma that is Ding Junhui faces former UK and World Champion John Higgins. Which Ding will turn up is anyone's guess which is why he is only just the outsider at 11/10 but, not really tested against Steve Davis, he only won 9-7. Higgins' consistency sees him priced at odds of 4/6.
Remember you can back the favourites in today's lunchtime matches with your choice of Murphy or Allen quickly and easily in Enhanced Odds Multiples.