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Ding Junhui, Mark Allen, Joe Perry in 6/1 UK snooker special

| 02.12.2014

Coral are celebrating their sponsorship of the UK Championship snooker event from York’s Barbican Centre by offering customers a tasty treble of third round wins for top 16 ranked players Ding Junhui, Mark Allen and Joe Perry at 6/4.

This enhanced price on this evening’s session is much better value than backing these green baize heroes individually for their respective matches against inferior opposition, as they are massive odds-on favourites. Your best bet is to take the boosted odds available here.

Here’s why you should back this trio of terrific potting talents to triumph and book spots in the last 16.

Ding Junhui v James Cahill
Chinese snooker sensation Ding defeated Cahill, who is the nephew of legendary cueman Stephen Hendry, in their only previous meeting. Junhui is, therefore, odds-on 1/10 favourite to beat the boy from Blackpool again, and at 4/11 for victory and to make the highest match break.

So wide is the gulf in class between these teenager and two-time UK champion Ding that almost 100 places in snooker’s world ranking separate them. It’s a gap Cahill simply cannot bridge and Junhui has dropped just two frames at the tournament so far. As he whitewashed ‘the Whirlwind’ Jimmy White, this is a distinct possibility again, with odds of 6/1 saying Ding wins 6-0.

Rod Lawler v Mark Allen
Antrim native Allen looks set for a mouthwatering last 16 encounter with Judd Trump, because he won seven of his eight head-to-heads with Lawler. The Pistol is thus odds-on at 2/9 to leave him by the wayside en route to encountering an established snooker star.

Impressively, Allen whitewashed up-and-coming Belgian potter Luca Brecel in round two, so odds of 10/1 say he can triumph 6-0 again against Lawler. As the Northern Irishman has contested recent ranking event finals, the form book makes a compelling case for him to advance.

Joe Perry v Mark Davis
Perry, Wuxi Classic runner-up earlier this season, has defeated Davis at this stage of the UK Championship before in 2008, and whitewashed him. The Gentleman is therefore odds-on at 4/5, as he has won all but one of their 10 previous encounters.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.