3rd March 2012, 12:17am
Lee vs Milkins Betting: Two unusual semi finalists can serve up a high scoring treat in China
You would have been given good odds for predicting the second semi final in the World Open out in Haikou, China. That is because Robert Milkins will take on Stephen Lee over the best of 11 frames on Saturday afternoon for a place in Sunday’s final. The winner of this match will take on either Mark Allen or Mark Selby in the final and not surprisingly Stephen Lee is a short priced 4/7 favourite with Betfred.
Stephen Lee has looked excellent this week so far. He’s only dropped three frames in three matches and two of those frames were century breaks. Lee is cueing well, scoring fantastically well and punishing every mistake his opponents have made. He came past Graeme Dott in the quarter final and his 74 clearance to win the fourth frame from 70-0 behind was particularly eye catching. Lee has banged in three centuries in the tournament so far and a host of other frame winning breaks.
Robert Milkins has had a superb tournament. A few people, myself included, were unsure whether he would get past the wildcard round but he did and then he beat Stephen Maguire in the first round from 3-1 down. His quarter final win was his best win though as he took out the world champion in that match and thoroughly deserved to do so too. He scored really strongly against Higgins, as he has done all week to be fair.
Even though these two aren’t expected semi finalists when a tournament begins I think this will be a very good semi final because both men are playing well at the minute. Both are cueing really well and scoring well so this should be a good semi final to watch and it is one I expect to see a lot of high breaks in. Milkins either scores well or leaves everything on for his opponent whereas Lee can score out of nothing. I’ll take the overs on a very low looking over 5.5 50+ break line because I’m confident more frames will have a 50 break than won’t.
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