Can anyone stop the Rocket?


Ronnie O’Sullivan remains a highly-talented snooker player, with the Rocket recently reaching the Champion of Champions final before a defeat to John Higgins.

He’s unsurprisingly the favourite to claim a triumph at the UK Championship over the next fortnight, with the five-time world champion available at 4.50 with bet365 to claim a success at the Barbican Centre in York.

Ronnie picks his tournaments carefully these days, meaning that he’s around number eight in the world rankings and that is something that suits the talented potter very well.

At the age of 40, he clearly has focuses away from the baize although the number eight seed should be a force to be reckoned with and some of his recent performances in Coventry were typically breath-taking.

Higgins is a man in form after success in that tournament and the Wizard of Wishaw is 13.00 with bet365 to continue enjoying a fine season with a victory in Yorkshire.

The bookies anticipate a wide-open tournament, with world champion Mark Selby capable of going a long way and the layers have been keen to keep the Leicester player onside. He’s 7.50 with Unibet to claim the honours and it will take a fine performance to oust him.

Judd Trump is one of the most talented players never to land a world crown although he remains one of the more exciting stars of the game and William Hill chalk up 9.00 about the Bristolian getting an early Christmas present here.

Ding Junhui is another player near the top of the world rankings, with the Chinaman available at 12.00 and his A-game is as good as anyone else’s, as was the case when he beat a raft of seeded players en route to reaching the World Championship final.

At bigger prices, you have the talented Kyren Wilson at 51.00 who could surprise a few people in this tournament, with Michael Holt a 151.00 shot and the Nottingham potter has reached the business end of several tournaments this season.

bet365 are live streaming this particular tournament which means you can log into your betting account and watch live pictures from the Barbican Centre.

This bookmaker will pick several matches each day and live stream them on their website, with customers able to bet In-Play on every match that is being shown.

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