The four Champion of Champions groups get underway on Monday afternoon as Judd Trump attempts to retain the trophy he won 12 months ago inside the Bolton Whites Hotel.
The number 1 seed is the current number 3 player in the world, filing in behind Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan, and is one of only eight players to win this non-ranking event, comprised of winners on the World Snooker Tour across the last year.
“Rocket” Ronnie O’Sullivan worth a look at 7/2
There is an interesting split in the Groups leading to a pretty lopsided draw bracket – something that opens up some real value in our top tip of Ronnie O’Sullivan to win at 7/2 with bet365.
But let’s take a closer look at some of the tournament betting ahead of the 2022 Champion of Champions Snooker.
Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the 2022 Champion of Champions at 7/2 with bet365
As previously mentioned, the “Rocket” will be licking his lips at the sight of the bottom section of the draw.
The three-time Champion of Champions winner is in with Robert Milkins, Mink Nutcharut and Zhao Xintong in Group 2, and will fancy his chances in advancing into the semi-finals at a bare minimum.
Sure, on paper, Zhao Xintong is one to give O’Sullivan a good test in the quarter-finals, but the Chinese player is in questionable form winning just two matches in the recent British Open and European Masters and he didn’t even qualify for the Northern Ireland Open.
A semi-final against previous winner Neil Robertson looks a likely path, a player O’Sullivan knows well, enjoying a 20-13 head-to-head lead over the Australian.
The “Rocket” is a great price at 7/2 to win the tournament, adding to his Hong Kong Masters victory at the start of the month.
Neil Robertson to win Group 3 at 8/13 with bet365
8/13 (with bet365) may be a little short for the dominant Australian to win through his group, but lumped in with Kyren Wilson, Ryan Day and Fan Zhengyi it looks a decent option.
Robertson won this event in 2015 and 2019, as well as enjoying a run to the final in 2020 eventually losing out to Mark Allen.
The “Thunder from Down Under” is once again in fine fettle, peaking at the back end of a calender year, and is running into the winter schedule defending the English Open and the Masters.
Wilson will be a tough test for Robertson in the quarter-final if these two meet. They are 5-5 in head-to-heads and usually bring out the best in each other.
Judd Trump to reach the Final at 11/4 with bet365
Reigning champion Judd Trump will have to do it the hard way if he is to defend his crown.
Trump is in the same half of the draw as Mark Selby, Mark Allen and John Higgins, and must sneak past number 11 in the world Luca Brecel if he is to make a dent on those other champions.
Trump hasn’t been at his dominant best over the past year but when the 33-year-old is on song, then it’s pretty hard to get close to him on the baize.
He has started this season with real promise and at 11/4 with bet365 is a cracking price to win three this week and reach the final.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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