Who will the new World Snooker Champion Be?

Who will the new World Snooker Champion Be?

There will be no seventh World Snooker Title for Ronnie O’Sullivan this year. The defending champion lost his title when losing 13-12 to qualifier Anthony McGill on Friday evening (April 23), so who will succeed him as world champion? Let’s look at the contenders and some betting odds.

Judd Trump

The world number one has had a successful season and won this title two years ago. It’s been a strange season for obvious reasons. He’s won the English, Northern Ireland, German, World Grand Prix and Gibraltar Open. No man has ever won so much in Milton Keynes, where tournaments have had to held due to the pandemic.

Trump was impressive in his first round win over Liam Highfield. He takes on Dave Gilbert in the last 16 and then either Shaun Murphy or 2021 Masters winner Yan Bingtao in the quarters. His likely semi-final opponent is Harpo Marx lookalike Neil Robertson. Trump knows how to win in Sheffield (and definitely in Milton Keynes) and is a worthy favourite. You can get odds of 5/2 at Betfair on him winning a second title.

Mark Selby

The three-time world champion has won two titles this season, though one was back in September 2020. He last won this title in 2017 and hasn’t made the final since. The early eliminations of O’Sullivan and Junhui have made his road to the final a lot easier. He has Mark Allen to get past in the last 16 and then it looks like a quarter final against Mark Williams (more about him soon).

His semi-final opponent could be Anthony McGill, but it could well be Stuart Bingham. Whoever it will be is going to be a qualifier. Selby needs to improve his form to win the title but odds of 11/8 on him winning the second quarter of the draw are available at 888sport. They’ll also give you 9/4 on him reaching the final.

Neil Robertson

How bad did your hair look during lockdown? Neil Robertson saw his hair go totally crazy, but he’s kept it for these championships. He won the Tour Championship in impressive style and is the reigning UK Champion too.

Form has been good in Sheffield too with wins over Lliang Wenbo and Jack Lisowski. The quarter finals will see him up against either Kyren Wilson or Barry Hawkins, both difficult opponents who have had success at the Crucible. You can get 7/2 at SkyBet on him winning the title but there’s the possibility of a semi-final against Judd Trump, so a title win isn’t too likely. Mind you, if Trump were to be knocked out….

Mark Williams

The Welshman won his 23rd ranking title this year and has been playing well in Sheffield this year. He won his third world title in 2018, will he be getting his kit off for another press conference this year? Unlikely, as he is likely to face Mark Selby in the last eight. He’s 10/1 at BetVictor to win the title.

Stuart Bingham

The 2015 World Champion had to qualify for this year’s event. He negotiated that ok and then beat Ding Junhui in the first round. It’s not been a great season for Bingham, though he did get to the semi-final of the Masters. He loves the Crucible though and is 14/1 to win the title. A more likely winner is 11/8 with William Hill to win the first quarter of the draw with Jamie Jones and Anthony McGill to beat.

The Finalists?

It’s 13/2 at Paddy Power on a Selby v Trump final, that’s a strong possibility. Selby v Robertson is the same price at Paddy Power so a bet on both stands a great chance of getting a good win.