Format looks the Trump card

  • By: Jeff Anderson
  • Last Updated: October 3 2012, 9:34 BST

Jeff Anderson is backing the favourites to oblige when snooker's Premier League visits Southampton on Thursday night.

Judd Trump should justify favouritism

The Guildhall in Southampton hosts Thursday's Premier League snooker action where Ding Junhui is up against Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump takes on Peter Ebdon.

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.

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