We’re up and running in Germany as the second ranking tournament on the snooker calendar heads to the Stadthalle Furth.
Despite the withdrawals of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson there is still plenty of talent on show as a strong field battle it out to dethrone current king Fan Zhengyi.
We’ll be here at freebets.com for tips and previews throughout the week of the Snooker European Masters, so stay locked in!
Ricky Walden -2.5 frames handicap v Mitchell Mann at 8/11 with bet365
Ricky Walden has climbed back into the world’s top 16 and will be looking to kick on as he approaches his 40th birthday to reclaim a top six spot from 2015.
Mitchell Mann sits across from him on Wednesday, but Walden’s form so far in 2022 would suggest that he can advance at a canter.
Three ranking semi-finals and two quarters underline Walden’s good season on the Tour and – assuming he gets up and running in Furth – should be too hot for Mann to handle.
Mann didn’t register a win in the recent Championship League whereas Walden potted his way to Stage 3, accompanied by three maximums.
Mark Williams 5-0 Sanderson Lam at 11/4 with bet365
We’re not expecting Sanderson Lam – ranked outside of the world’s top 100 – to lay a glove on the three-time world champion.
Mark Williams has a pretty easy run to the latter stages of the European Masters and is showing good enough form over the past few seasons to clear these early hurdles with ease.
Williams scooped last season’s British Open and finished runner-up in the Shoot Out, as well as impressing in another deep run to the semi-finals of the World Championships.
These two haven’t met since 2011 where Williams ran out a 4-0 winner. Despite the 11 years that have passed since, nothing much should change with Williams romping towards a 5-0 win.
Zhang Anda to beat Shaun Murphy at 2/1 with bet365
If it’s not podcasting it’s presenting for Shaun Murphy at the moment, as the “Magician” turns his hand to other passions than chalking up.
Now we’re not saying that the former world champion can’t multitask – far from it! – but with five first-round and five second-round exits in the 12 ranking competitions he entered last season, it’s safe to say that the 40-year-old might be taking his eye off the queue ball.
Of course, he is still ranked inside the top 10, but we’re smelling an upset from Zhang Anda in this opener.
Zhang Anda’s quarter-final run at the Welsh Open last season is his current claim to fame on the Tour and we fancy “Mighty Mouse” to cause a mighty shock on Wednesday.
* Betting odds are subject to changes.