In the final we have 2 players who have won 5 tournaments each but none in the UK.They are both battling it out for the first prize of £100,000 over the best of 19 frames.
Mark Allen v Ricky Walden (1pm & 7pm)
There are 4 players in my opinion that play the same old game regardless on how they are playing and that’s Shaun Murphy, Judd Trump, Jack Lisowski & yes you have guessed it Mark Allen. It’s going “for every shot” which will work against lesser players but not against the top players. Also if their long pots aren’t going in they never adapt and keep going for them which is why they lose against the top seeds.
Walden won his last match with 5 half centuries and 1 century against against Barry Hawkins and is playing his best snooker this season. He has also knocked in 5 centuries in 4 matches so if Mark misses his long shots and give him chances Ricky will punish the Northern Irishman.
Mark can be erratic and although this is his third final of the season he has also got knocked out in the first round 3 times too. He is only in this final because in his last 2 matches Mike Dunn and Shaun Murphy didn’t play well, where as Ricky has played consistently well throughout this tournament and thoroughly deserves his place in the final.
Mark also has admitted in his post match interviews that he is lacking confidence where as Ricky is oozing with self belief. So as this game is played between the 6 inches between the ears I am going for the outsider here, Ricky Walden.
BACK Walden To Win -1.5 Frames
13/8 Marathon Bet, Powers & Hills (2.62)