6th May 2012
O'Sullivan vs Carter Betting: Ali Carter's solid matchplay can keep him close to O'Sullivan in world final
After 15 days of gruelling action the Betfred World Championship has reached the final stage and the gladiators taking each other on over four sessions of snooker and a possible 35 frames are both from Essex as Ronnie O’Sullivan plays Ali Carter for the famous trophy. These two met in the final in 2008 and O’Sullivan won 18-8 on that occasion so Carter will not just want to improve on that but win the tournament too.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has looked in excellent form so far in this tournament. He has played four matches and in all four matches he has won six frames in a row at some point in the match. He came past Peter Ebdon in the first round before seeing off Mark Williams and then Neil Robertson before deposing of a spirited Matthew Stevens in the semi final by a 17-10 scoreline. O’Sullivan has looked so fluent in the tournament so far and as if he is really enjoying the competition.
Ali Carter came into the event with no real form to his name at all but he has progressed to the final courtesy of some solid match snooker. I wouldn’t say Carter has scored fantastically so far in the tournament but he really has battled hard. You would think if he is to win this final he is going to have to score well but if he can keep playing the quality of safety he has played he won’t go down without a fight.
I think this could be an excellent final and while I think O’Sullivan will run out the winner I do think Carter can stay relatively close to him because he is playing excellent match snooker and keeping everything tight. He hasn’t taken a single risk in the tournament so far so Ronnie will have to work for every chance he gets and there will be pressure on his long game. O’Sullivan also hasn’t had a bad session in the tournament yet and he’s due one of them. I think Carter can stay within the handicap here.
Back A.Carter (+5.5 frames) to beat R.O’Sullivan for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Coral
Author: Kevin Harper