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Mark Allen form helps case for ante-post World Championship punt

| 26.08.2014

If a third Mark Allen win in the past 12 months hasn’t got snooker bettors looking up the Northern Irishman’s odds to win next year’s World Championship, then news.ladbrokes is here to help.

Defeat of Judd Trump in the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany leaves Allen’s price to win snooker’s spectacle at a very tempting 25/1.

The Fürth final was Allen’s second in the opening stages of this season’s Order of Merit, following his 4-3 defeat to Mark Selby in the Riga Open.

Allen had enjoyed a 3-0 lead in that showpiece, before allowing the 2014 World Champ to string four straight frames together to take victory.

To respond with victory over another fancy for the Sheffield tournament so soon after fluffing his lines shows real character from the 28-year-old and there are worse ante-post options in the betting with the best part of a year to go before the World Championships get underway.

A purple patch in the World Championship between 2008/09 and 2010/11 saw the Antrim native reach two quarter finals and a semi in three consecutive editions, however following that run up with a consistent failure to reach the third round since partly contributes to his hefty price.

However, with form on his side, albeit in non-ranking events, there’s a case to be made for Allen to return to the latter stages of the tournament.

An each-way punt on Allen’s odds with Ladbrokes would see a return at half the odds should he reach the final.

Ronnie O’Sullivan predictably sits on top of the market, while defending champion Selby sits at 6/1 as the tournament’s joint-second favourite with Neil Robertson.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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