As the first round isn’t over yet, I don’t want to do a full preview of the last 16 just yet. That will be coming tomorrow (hopefully). However two matches will start today and, because I don’t want to be biased by how the first session goes, here is how I see those two going.
Neil Robertson v Shaun Murphy
Although Shaun Murphy whitewashed young Luo HongHao and played superbly in the process, I remain unconvinced about his form. His young opponent never settled, Shaun was never under any sort of pressure out there. He’s not been tested at all. That won’t be the case against Neil who is now in my eyes a massive favourite for the title. I expect Neil to win this one very comfortably.
Mark Selby v Gary Wilson
Mark Selby is yet to convince me about his return to form. Gary Wilson played brilliantly and was extremely solid against Luca Brecel. This one will be close I think, but it’s Gary Wilson to win for me – 13-11.