Snooker specialist Craig Edwards (@EdwardsTips_) previews Ding Junhui v Michael Georgiou and provides us with his best bets for Monday's ManBetX Champion of Champions.

Ding Junhui v Michael Georgiou Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 05/11/2018
  • Time: 14:00
  • Venue: Ricoh Arena , Coventry
  • Channel: ITV4

On Monday televised snooker returns to our home shores with a sixteen-player invitation event that has quickly become a well established popular fixture in the World Snooker calendar. The previous twelve months winners are automatically invited, followed by the highest ranked players without a tournament win until the 16 places are filled.

The event has four groups of four players, with the group winners progressing to the semi-final knockout stage.

Ding Junhui and Michael Georgiou open proceedings, and to many viewers Michael Georgiou will not be the sort of household name they expect in a prestigious invitation event however, Georgiou earned the right by winning the one frame shootout.

Ding Junhui needs no introduction and has been a high level operator for many years especially in Asia.

Head To Head

  • Ding Junhui  3-0  Michael Georgiou

Betting Odds

  • Ding Junhui 1/6   easily available
  • Michael Georgiou 5/1  Sporting bet / Marathon bet

The Verdict

Both players have been very average so far in the current season and there has been a drop in Ding's exceptional break building prowess. Ding has been a very slow starter at times despite grinding some victories. In truth, he has his reasons, having recently become a father for the first time. At the moment, Ding appears not as highly motivated as normal and given he often produces his very best snooker in the Asian swing, there should be reasons to oppose him in the coming weeks.

Despite Ding winning the three previous meetings between the two, Michael Georgiou has always managed to get a foothold in game without actually winning.

Michael Georgiou will be delighted to have a place in the event. With very little to lose if he settles quickly, the total frames at odds against looks a great bet. It is also possible that the television cameras will help spring life into his season having shown such a liking for them winning last year’s Shoot-out in style.

Recommended Bets

  • 1 Unit – Over 5.5 Frames @ 11/10 (Marathon Bet)
  • 0.5 Units – Michael Georgiou To Win @ 5/1 (SportingBet)