Half way through the 2017 Snooker World Championships and the pre-tournament open feel to the competition is well and truly being played out.
The top half of the draw appears to be the toughest route to the final with some mouthwatering quarterfinals in store.
The shocks have come in the bottom half with Judd Trump’s implosion against Rory McLeod giving everyone in this side a real belief they can go all the way.
With Ding Junhui already advised in the top half we believe that there is still some value by backing an alternative in the lower side.
That alternative is Stephen Maguire who still trades at 20/1 (1/3 of the odds to get the final).
This after dismissing Anthony McGill with minimum of fuss in the first round before annihilating McLeod with a session to spare to book his place in the last eight.
Maguire now faces Barry Hawkins – who looked shaky at times against Graham Dott – before a potential all Scottish Semi Final with John Higgins (up against Kyren Wilson).
Hawkins has not scored as heavily as when reaching the last four previously and Maguire will see this as a real chance to fulfil his undoubted potential. Higgins has been in superb form but his price reflects this and Maguire is the value play.
A victory against Hawkins leaves us looking at one more win for a 13/2 return. A superb bet by any standards given how impressively ruthless Maguire has been to date. A dream final for lap of the odds subscribers could await with Ding also set to have a say.
Recommendation: Stephen Maguire, 20/1, each way 1/3 1-2, generally available
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