Betfred World Championship: Sporting Life package covering snooker marathon at the Crucible Theatre

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We have outright tips, recommendations in the specials markets, a player-by-player guide and much more ahead of the Betfred World Championship.

The greatest event in snooker begins on Friday as 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers go out in search of Crucible glory.

Below is everything you need before play gets under way with the defending champion, Judd Trump, taking on Tom Ford.

Just click the images or hyperlinks to read our expert analysis.

Outright betting preview

Richard Mann provides two each-way fancies to win the World Championship.

Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy make the Sheffield staking plan

Pundits' predictions

Our experts pick out their idea of the next world champion and more.

Can Kyren Wilson prosper again in Sheffield?

Match-by-match previews

We're previewing every match, so bookmark this link.

Judd Trump on his way to another title

Player profiles

We profile the top 16 seeds ahead of the opening round.

We look at the 16 seeds ahead of the World Championship

Neil Robertson exclusive

Nick Metcalfe speaks with former world champion Neil Robertson.

Nick Metcalfe speaks to Neil Robertson

Richard Mann's ode to the Crucible

Our snooker writer Richard Mann explains just what makes this fortnight magic.

The Crucible Theatre

Story of the snooker season

Forgotten who won the Masters, how the UK Championship went down, what Ronnie looks like? Read about the season so far...

Judd Trump has won six titles already

Video: Ronnie rates rivals

A decade of World Snooker finals

Relive the last decade in World Championship finals.

The Crucible hosts the World Snooker Championship

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