Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the English Open for
November 1 st to 7 th
The outright market for the English Open snooker looks like a potentially interesting one to
explore and oppose the principals. Firstly, Judd Trump’s record in these events is so good
he’s made a rod for his own back by focusing people’s attention on his below-average
recent results in the triple crown events. No matter what he says, he will be determined to
prove people wrong in the coming months and may lose focus slightly on these smaller
Secondly, Neil Robertson is in the same boat as regards the World Championship but is
making changes to his approach for the 2022 version. I think subconsciously now Robertson
is North of forty he will concentrate on the sports premier events while using these as
practice. That’s not to say he won’t win a few because he’s that good!
Finally, Ronnie O’Sullivan looks at a crossroads to me, displays below his best all last season
and he’s either got to rededicate himself or come to terms with having more off days as age
catches upon him. Early indications this season to me, are that he looks uncommitted and
not fully focused which will only frustrate the GOAT.
Rely on Lisowski to win the Jackpot this week
Jack Lisowski – To reach the final @ 22/1 (23.00)
Jack Lisowski – To win quarter 3 @ 11/1 (12.00)
Jack Lioswski – To win @ 50/1 (51.00)
With those three top player’s circumstances already discussed, the section I am going to
analyze is the Ronnie O’Sullivan quarter where Jack Lisowski’s chances at a bigger price than
expected sticks out. A potential match up with the six times world champion in the round of
16 is always a concern for the thirty-year-old Lisowski who has often found playing Ronnie
O’Sullivan intimidating in the past. Happily, Jack Lisowski’s outright price of 50/1 (51.00) is
ample compensation and forces us to take the chance. There are plenty of examples but
when you analyse it in comparison with the likes of Ding Junhui 22/1 (23.00) who hasn’t
made a final in two years and even Shaun Murphy 18/1 (19.00) who only made one final last
season, there is no doubt he’s well overpriced.
That outright price for Jack Lisowski generically passes down to 22/1 (23.00) ‘to reach the
final’ and 11/1 (12.00) ‘to win quarter 3’. With six final appearances in the last three
seasons, three of which were last season when on each occasion Lisowski lost to his good
friend, Judd Trump, these two are the markets for our main focus the week ahead. There’s
no doubt, Lisowski’s best results are in the shorter best of 7 frame format where his twenty-
five to thirty-minute spells of brilliance win a match regardless of opponent. He looked very
sharp in the European Masters qualifying against Simon Lichtenberg on Wednesday and
should be primed to reach a peak in the coming weeks.
By all means, have a bet on Lisowski winning the Jackpot this week in the English Open at
50/1 (51.00) but make sure your meatier stakes are on the ‘to win the quarter’ and ‘to
make the final’ markets at 11/1 (12.00) and 22/1 (23.00) respectively.