Trump to Make Last Four

  • By: Jeff Anderson
  • Last Updated: November 7 2012, 12:26 GMT

Trump: Can continue his red-hot form


2pt double Judd Trump to beat Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy to beat Mark Selby at 5.23/1 (Boylesports).

2pt Judd Trump to win Premier League Snooker at 7/2 (general).

Premier League Snooker continues on Thursday and visits the Dome in Doncaster where Mark Selby takes on Shaun Murphy followed by Judd Trump up against Mark Allen.

The opening match of the night is difficult to call because neither player can qualify for the play-offs. Selby especially has been a deep disappointment in this event winning just three of the 18 frames he has played in the campaign. His obvious strengths are his application and grinding nature.

When he first played in the league in 2008 he took a lot more shots on and was far more positive in his shot selection yet still played a very clever safety game.

Now he always looks for the shot to nothing first even when the attacking shot is not too difficult to execute. This is easy to understand because it's why he has been so consistent in ranking events.

But this also means that he hasn't been able to adjust readily to the league format this time round. Until he plays more aggressively he isn't a threat under time pressure.

His opponent Murphy has been a little unlucky to be out of the tournament already after producing some decent snooker in patches but it just hasn't gone his way on the night.

The players are still playing for a £1000 per frame won and for each century break so we can expect to see positive snooker - from both players. There is a £25,000 tournament bonus for a 147 maximum too so players will be keen to get an opportunity and we will see some attacking safety shots.

Difficult to call but Murphy has shown the better form of the two and impressed in his run to the semi-finals of the International Championship last weekend. So we'll take the 13/8 (general) about the 2005 World Champion to chalk up a win.

In the second match of the night, there is still lots to play for. Both players are tied on two points so the winner here - which is the final group match for both players is certain to qualify for the semi-finals.

A tied match means that the first player to three frames will be the one who progresses so in effect it's a best of five.

Trump won the International Championship in style last weekend and the new world number one is on a high. Allen has struggled in the league on debut but played some high quality snooker in Chengdu last week losing by the odd frame to his opponent here.

The 11/8 (general) for Trump is the value and we'll double him up with Murphy which pays over 5/1 with Boylesports.

Given his current confidence if he can get through this then he'll be favourite to lift the title so the current 7/2 (general) outright about the Bristolian is also worth a punt.

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