Ronnie O'Sullivan is always going to be a commanding favourite here at the Crucible, though not to the dominating levels of Steve Davis in the 80's and Stephen Hendry in the 90's, where they used to often start odds-on. He is a five time winner of the event and back-to-back winner in 2012 and 1013. Last year he only made it to the quarter-finals where he was beaten by Stuart Bingham, who went on to win the tournament.
While he has won 5 of the last 15 World Championships, 15/8 is probably quite short and he looks likely to face Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals. It is possible to get 2/1, O'Sullivan on the exchanges if you fancy him.
Murphy has hit top-form late in the season and looks to have secured an easy path to a likely quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan. At a best priced 14/1 he could be worth chancing with his great record here.
Shaun Murphy won the 2005 World Championship as a relative unknown but made it to the quarter-finals the following year. He was a beaten finalist here last year and a quarter-finalist the year before when O'Sullivan inflicted a crushing 13-3 defeat on him. The last three years have seen him make at least the quarter-finals.
In the other half of the draw lurks Ricky Walden at a best priced 50/1, he has made the finals of his last two tournaments, both ranking titles.
Also in the top half of the draw is Allister Carter who is as big as 66/1. He faces Stuart Bingham in the first round but has won his last 6 matches against Bingham; he starts as second best in the betting at 27/20, which looks generous.
He won the Paul Hunter Classic last year and has played well at the crucible in the past, making the final in 2012.
2 Point win, Shaun Murphy 14/1
1 Point win, Ricky Walden 50/1
1 Point win, Allister Carter 66/1
Allister Carter, last years winner is is out!
Joe Perry, runner-up last year, is out!
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, beaten semi-finalist last year, is out!
Neil Robertson, beaten semi-finalist last year, is out!
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