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P.J. Murray 20th Apr 2012 - 10:52

Will the Rocket take off in Sheffield

The Valhalla of Snooker, The Crucible, takes centre stage over the next two weeks as the world's finest converge on the Steel City for the World Championship.

William Hill are bringing you all the best of the action live to your PC. So along with a vast array of both pre-match and in-play betting, why not enjoy the action and get the value at the same time.

But, there's more, not only are we bringing you all the best of the live action, we are enhancing the price of Ronnie O'Sullivan to an industry leading 10/1. The Three-Time World Champion is looking to regain the title he last won in 2007. The Rocket is on arguably the easier side of the draw, but it all depends on which Ronnie turns up. He can be so blasé when he wants to that sometimes he's his own worst enemy. But should be want to play at the Crucible then I wouldn't be backing against him on winning.

The picturesque city of Sheffield holds fond memories for the reigning champion John Higgins who has tasted victory four times at the venue. However, it is 22-year-old and 2011 beaten finalist Judd Trump who takes favouritism heading into the tournament.

Trump (5/1) went down fighting in 2011 against this year's second favourite Higgins (8/1) in a final which saw the youngster register three century breaks to Higgins' one. However having been seeded fourth, Trump is on the same side of the draw as Higgins and therefore the two could meet in the semi-finals.  Trump is 9/4 to reach the final while Higgins is 4/1.

Three time finalist but only one time winner, Ireland's Ken Doherty (200/1) has it all to do as he is drawn with 2010 winner Neil Roberston (8/1) in the opening round. The Darling of Dublin had to come through the qualifiers and could potentially cause an upset. Robertson was eliminated in the opening round last year.

The Australian will not have an easy route to the final, he has to contend with possibly either Ronnie O'Sullivan (8/1) or Mark Williams (16/1) in the quarter-final and then possibly a semi-final meeting with Mark Selby (9/1), Ding Junhui (10/1) or an outside bet of Matthew Stevens (80/1).

World Number One Mark Selby (9/1) played some of the best snooker ever seen in Sheffield when he went oh-so close in 2007 only to lose to Higgins in the final. He comes into this tournament with several wins under his belt already and he regularly makes at least the quarter-final. He should make the quarter-finals this year where he could meet Ding Junhui and then have Ronnie in the semis.

We are offering 16/1 on a qualifier to win the tournament, however, should you fancy this then 17-year-old Belgian whizz Luca Brecel looks to be your only bet. He is set to make history, breaking Steve Davis' record, as he is the youngest participant at the World Championship. He beat Mark King on his way to the first round. He faces Stephen Maguire and the 3/1 about the 17-year-old gives you some indication as to what is expected.

An interesting market could be player to make the highest break, Ronnie (7/1) and Trump (7/1) lead the way but I fancy a bit of an outsider in this market. Shuan Murphy at 12/1 could be a contender for this honour. His laser like precision with a cue does see him rack up quite a few high breaks and his path in the tournament could see him easily reach the quarter-finals.


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