Format looks the Trump card
Jeff Anderson is backing the favourites to oblige when snooker's Premier League visits Southampton on Thursday night.
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Ding has never really shone in this event but I expect him to win here. The Chinese star is a very good front-runner but if he gets behind he can get frustrated which can affect his focus on a match.
However, he's in good form and had some decent wins in his run to the final of APTC Event 2 in China last week. He's also very used to the cauldron-like environment of the league which will help him to perform.
Bingham made his debut in the event in week three and impressed to go 3-0 up on Shaun Murphy, but then went a bit tentative - which is a trait of his - to allow Murphy to salvage a draw.
Best priced 6/5 for the match, Ding is the pick.
Next sees Judd Trump play his second match of this season's event having beaten Stephen Lee 5-1 in his opener.
Trump comes here on the back of his run to the final of the Shanghai Masters where he led John Higgins 5-0 and 7-2 before losing 10-9.
The Bristolian was impressive but like many top players they only produce their very best as they get further into a tournament. Trump looked vulnerable early in the event especially in his first round against Barry Hawkins.
The Premier League, though, is right up his street, as in front of a big crowd he wants to put on a show. The only note of caution though is that, because he likes to show off, predicting a frame score is difficult.
His opponent Ebdon hasn't surprised me with his reasonably high standard of play under time pressure - he could always play quicker - but to stifle a player like Trump he could do without the 25 second time limit.
Ultimately, Trump's current form and preference for the format makes him a worthy odds-on favourite and we'll double him with Ding at a shade over 13/5.