Higgins, the top seed, beat Ricky Walden without too much trouble but Shaun Murphy was given a few scares by amateur Li Hang in Round 2. Murphy had good chances coming into this tournament but must be on top of his game to overcome Higgins – he is Betfred’s 6/4 outsider. A confident 5-2 or 5-3 victory for Higgins are both priced up at 9/2 by Stan James.
Mark Selby should progress against Ali Carter while Peter Ebdon is a tempting 1.9 (9/10) with Betdaq to come through against Judd Trump. Ebdon thrashed Robertson in Round 2 and should beat Trump, even if the latter did out O’Sullivan. Ebdon to win by at least 2 frames is 6/4 with Stan James.