World Championship final bets

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: May 4 2014, 15:12 BST

We take a look at Sky Bet's markets ahead of the World Championship final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby.

Ronnie O'Sullivan: Favourite to win the title
Ronnie O'Sullivan: Favourite to win the title

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will be hoping to continue his march towards a third successive world title when he takes on Mark Selby in the Crucible final.

Here we take a look at the match and pick out some of the more eye-catching bets for you to consider backing.

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Selby

O'Sullivan goes into the match as a strong 2/7 favourite at Sky Bet, with Selby - a former world number one - 5/2 to land his first world title and that is to be expected. Apart from his second-round match against Joe Perry, the Rocket has been largely untroubled in seeing off Robin Hull, Shaun Murphy and then Barry Hawkins, the man he beat in the final 12 months ago. It's not been quite so straightforward for Selby who was taken to a deciding frame in the first round by Michael White, was pushed hard by Ali Carter and then won a memorable semi-final 17-15 against Neil Robertson late on Saturday evening. I imagine that fine win over Robertson will come at a cost, both mentally and physically, for Selby and it's difficult seeing him stopping O'Sullivan over this best of 35 frames encounter. My feeling is that this could be a relatively one-sided final in O'Sullivan's favour, especially as he unexpectedly had Saturday off due to his rapid-fire win over Hawkins with a session to spare. He will be rested, fresher and although Selby has multi-ranking titles, his experience of the unique Crucible atmosphere is much less than that of his opponent. The first session should be close but then I see O'Sullivan getting into his stride and pulling clear so I like the 9/4 being offered for O'Sullivan to lead 5-3 after the first eight frames and I'm also going for the 17/2 for him to win the final 18-12.

Final specials

Sky Bet have some specials to consider ahead of day one of the final. They include a 10/1 shot that the match goes to a deciding frame, 11/10 there are over 5.5 centuries, O'Sullivan to score the first century break at 4/6 and O'Sullivan to be leading after the first four frames at 5/4.