Coral Northern Ireland Open tips for Thursday: Mark Allen correct score and round 3 acca
Jamie Clark | 17 November 2016
Coral Northern Ireland Open tips for Thursday
The first-ever Coral Northern Ireland Open in Belfast saw snooker legends compete on Wednesday with Ronnie O’Sullivan outclassing Jimmy White.
There was also this magnificent maximum break from recent Champion of Champions winner John Higgins:
When will he stop?! ????
— World Snooker (@WorldSnooker1) November 16, 2016
On Thursday, 32 players will become just eight over two rounds of matches. That means plenty of betting opportunities and our snooker tipster has picked out some attractive Mark Allen odds and a round 3 acca and more for punters to consider.
Without further ado, we proud sponsors look at the top Coral Northern Ireland Open tips for Thursday…
Mark Allen odds: 4-2 the correct score on road to Hull
Home hope Allen is nicknamed the Pistol because of his rapid-fire cue action, and the native Northern Irishman will once again have an adoring crowd willing him on.
Up against Finnish representative Robin Hull, Allen has beaten this opponent in three of their four career clashes on the green baize to date.
That makes the Pistol a worthy favourite here, but there’s a tasty looking correct score bet of 4-2 in Allen’s favour at 10/3.
With the world number 10 dropping just three frames at the Coral Northern Ireland Open so far, take Mark Allen odds for a 4-2 victory over Hull, whose ranking is almost 50 spots below.
Time is now for Brecel to beat Michael White
Belgian break-builder Luca Brecel has long been billed as the next big thing in snooker after reaching the UK Championship quarter-finals in 2012 as a teenager.
Since then he’s made the semis of the Welsh Open in 2015, and been runner-up in both the Coral Snooker Shoot-Out and German Masters this year.
One thing, the ‘Belgian Bullet’ hasn’t done, however, is beaten third round foe Michael White. After whitewashing world number five Shaun Murphy, though, Brecel is clearly in brilliant form.
Although White was ranked six spots higher than him going into the Coral Northern Ireland Open and has eliminated former World Snooker Championship winner Graeme Dott, the Welsh potter known as ‘Lightning’ then needed a decider to get past Chinese cueman Chen Zhe.
Plenty points to backing Brecel at 10/11 for victory over White at the fourth attempt, as his development on the baize continues apace.
Higgins 3-1 Zhou Yuelong is score after four
The Wizard of Wishaw turned on the magic with his maximum clearance, so when it comes to Coral Northern Ireland Open tips for Thursday, we’re once again siding with Higgins.
He’s played last 32 opponent Zhou Yuelong three times in the last year or so, and on all occasions taken a 3-1 lead after four frames.
That makes the 29/20 price on offer for Higgins to record that score again here very tempting indeed, so side with the Sottish potter for more brilliance in Belfast.
Turn £5 into £50 with sevenfold round 3 acca
You stand to gain a ten times return on investing in a sweet sevenfold round 3 acca. Back Petr Ebdon (8/13)*, Higgins (1/6)*, Brecel (10/11)*, Mark Williams (4/6)*, Barry Hawkins (1/7)*, O’Sullivan (1/7)* and Allen (2/7)* to win their last 32 fixtures.
All are favourites or fancied for some reason and come together to give combined odds of over 49/1* to make the final 16 later in the day!
*All odds quoted in the acca correct as of the time of publishing.