Free Snooker tips: John Higgins and Jack Lisowski set for Crucible clash

Snooker
Jack Lisowski
Jack Lisowski

Richard Mann looks ahead to John Higgins' last-16 tie with Jack Lisowski and thinks we could be set for another close match.

Recommended bets - World Snooker Championship, John Higgins v Jack Lisowski

2pts Jack Lisowski (+3.5) to beat John Higgins at 5/6

For details of advised bookmakers and each-way terms, visit our transparent tipping record


Since lifting his first world title in 1998 - when beating Ken Doherty to fulfil a lifetime's ambition - Higgins has gone on to become one of the giants of the game and has proved this season, that even at the age of 42, he remains no back number.

A record fifth Welsh Open success has capped another strong campaign for the Scot and he comes into this season's World Championship sensing a real opportunity.

Having produced some brilliant snooker on the way to reaching the final last year, Higgins found Mark Selby too strong in the final few days and was eventually overhauled, despite holding a 9-4 lead at one stage.

As Higgins told SportingLife.com here last week, it is a defeat that still hurts now but it has been the catalyst for another fine campaign and he impressed many an onlooker with his form when beating exciting debutant Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round here earlier in the week.

With Selby already out of this year's tournament, Higgins' side of the draw looks particularly appealing and he will will be desperate to capitalise.

He faces another fine talent in round two, however, Lisowski representing a stiff challenge Higgins is well aware of.

Higgins told WorldSnooker.com: "I've got every respect for Jack.

"We all know how special a talent he is and he's getting there now.

"The penny has really really dropped, he's a special player who's going to do great things in the game."

Lisowki enters the last 16 with his confidence buoyed by his first-round defeat of former champion Stuart Bingham and some of the snooker he produced in that match was right out of the top drawer.

Two century breaks and four other 50+ contributions showcased his impressive break-building and the fact he held his nerve when Bingham closed to 7-9 is a favourable reflection on his character and bodes well for another high-pressure encounter against Higgins.

Higgins is 1/3 to book a quarter-final place and should have too much nous for Lisowski, but this match has the potential to be closer than the odds reflect and latter might be worth a small interest on the handicap (+3.5) at 5/6.

Posted at 1840 BST on 27/04/18

Related snooker links

Most Read

Paper Talk for Wednesday September 261

Wednesday's Paper Talk

There's more on Paul Pogba's future while Gary Cahill is being chased by a Sky Bet Championship duo in today's back pages.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action2

Wednesday's racing preview

Nick Robson feels Gabr can take advantage of a drop in class on Wednesday - he has a tip for every race on every card.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing3

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

The easy ground at Goodwood will play to the strengths of Harlequin Striker on Wednesday, according to Matt Brocklebank.

Our best bets for the latest Carabao Cup action4

Wednesday Carabao Cup betting tips

The highlight of the third round of the Carabao Cup takes place on Wednesday, Tom Carnduff picks out his best bets.

Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in February 20115

Zidane favourite for United job

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Most Read

Paper Talk for Wednesday September 261

Wednesday's Paper Talk

There's more on Paul Pogba's future while Gary Cahill is being chased by a Sky Bet Championship duo in today's back pages.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action2

Wednesday's racing preview

Nick Robson feels Gabr can take advantage of a drop in class on Wednesday - he has a tip for every race on every card.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing3

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

The easy ground at Goodwood will play to the strengths of Harlequin Striker on Wednesday, according to Matt Brocklebank.

Our best bets for the latest Carabao Cup action4

Wednesday Carabao Cup betting tips

The highlight of the third round of the Carabao Cup takes place on Wednesday, Tom Carnduff picks out his best bets.

Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in February 20115

Zidane favourite for United job

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Racing Tips

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

The easy ground at Goodwood will play to the strengths of Harlequin Striker on Wednesday, according to Matt Brocklebank.

The Willie Mullins-trained Whiskey Sour

Antepost Angle: Mine's a Whiskey

Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the Cesarewitch at Newmarket on October 13 and identifies a Willie Mullins-trained 20/1 chance as the best bet.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Wednesday's racing preview

Nick Robson feels Gabr can take advantage of a drop in class on Wednesday - he has a tip for every race on every card.

Next Race Off
11:25 Maisons-Laffitte
2
(4)
Abadan
J: L Grosso
6
(5)
Gaillefontaine
J: C Demuro

Football Tips

Our best bets for the latest Carabao Cup action

Wednesday Carabao Cup betting tips

The highlight of the third round of the Carabao Cup takes place on Wednesday, Tom Carnduff picks out his best bets.

Sporting Life Price Boost for Wednesday

Sporting Life Price Boost

Sky Bet have enhanced the odds of a treble on Wednesday's Carabao Cup football, exclusively for Sporting Life readers.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.