The 2020 Northern Ireland Open takes place this week, between the 16th and 22nd of November in Milton Keynes, England. In the 4th ranking event of the new season all top players are taking part to win the Alex Higgins trophy. Judd Trump is the defending champion and the biggest favorite in the Northern Ireland Open betting predictions. But surely Ronnie O’Sullivan will try to finally defeat him in the event.
The 5th edition of the Northern Ireland Open is held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes instead of Belfast due to restrictions in Northern Ireland. It is still a ranking event and part of the Home Nations Series though where all major snooker players compete. 128 players started the event on Monday, competing for a place in the final on Sunday and their share of the £405,000 total prize fund. In the last two years Judd Trump won the open defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan on both occasions. But now the current world champion has the chance to take revenge.
Northern Ireland Open betting predictions favor last year’s finalists again
Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan already have a long past, meeting each other on several important occasions. They also met twice in the final of the Northern Ireland Open in the last two years, where world No1 Trump could get the victory both times. The 2019 world champion has started the new, 2020-21 season brilliantly. After winning the English Open and also featuring in the Championship League final. Now he has the odds of 4.33 to win his third consecutive Northern Ireland title and become the first player to do so since 1996.
Online sportsbooks in the UK predict Ronnie O’Sullivan to be his biggest rival again. The Rocket won his 6th world title this August at the age of 44. But since then he hasn’t been playing in top form and was knocked out at early stages in the previous tournaments. But now he seems focused after an easy win against world No64 Jamie O’Neill in the first round. O’Sullivan can face Trump again in the final as the 2nd seed of the tournament, if he can go all the way. His odds are 4.50 to beat his rival there according to the Northern Ireland Open betting predictions.
Robertson and Selby can also get the victory
Australian Neil Robertson is currently 3rd in the world ranking. He is also mentioned in the favorites by online gambling sites in the UK. The former world No1 and 2010 world champion has reached two finals recently, at the English Open and at the non-ranking event of Champion of Champions. Although he lost both Robertson can continue his great form here and go for his first victory of the season. His odds to do so is 7.00 on bet365.
While the winner of the 2020 European Masters, Mark Selby has the odds of 8.00 to win the open. He won his 18th ranking title with his victory in September. And now he is joint sixth with Robertson and Trump on the list of most world ranking titles. Certainly it’s led by O’Sullivan who has a magnificent 37 titles so far. His best result in the Northern Ireland Open is getting to the semi-final in 2018. But he has another chance to improve on this record.