It's day 5 at the Barbican and our snooker specialist Dean Strand is back with two more selections for us...
2pts Tom Ford Highest Break v Ding Junhui - 7/5
Both of these players came through tough first round matches in deciding frames and now face a replay of last years semi final, where Ding came out on top 6-3. Tom Ford looks a different player this season though and has shown superb consistency throughout this campaign, reaching the International Championship final recently.
Each of these players are quality break builders and for me the highest break market looks to be a bit of a coin flip. Ford has made the highest break in 18 out of his 26 matches this season, whilst Ding has done so in 13 out of 23, so its Ford who is showing a little more consistency in this market.
2pts Jamie Clarke to beat Mark Williams - 16/5
Williams came through his first round match in a closely fought 6-4 win over Fan Zhengyi and although he played well in stages, he definitely still isn’t in top form at the moment, as his three consecutive defeats prior to this tournament show.
Jamie Clarke seems very much to be a confidence player, doesn’t show a lot of consistency but every so often goes on a run, often on the bigger stage. He twice qualified for the Crucible, beating Mark Allen there on his debut and this is his 2nd consecutive year qualifying for the UK.
He looked out of the match against Kyren Wilson at 5-1 but once he found some form he played very well in the last 3 frames with breaks of 80, 104 and 76 to take the victory.
Clarke played Mark Williams here last season in this event and won 6-3 so will definitely have the belief he can win this one.
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