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Championship League Snooker Outright odds: Trump and Wilson could fare best of the big names

The new snooker season gets under way with the latest instalment, the second this year, of the Championship League and many of the top players have turned up for the biannual event.

Leicester’s Morningside Arena hosts the short-format with groups of four players competing in round-robin action over four-frame matches until the final, which rises to the best of five.

With the field set at 128, below we consider the chances of those players towards the head of the market.

WhatChampionship League Snooker
WhereMorningside Arena, Leicester
WhenMonday 26th June to Friday 21st July
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OddsRonnie O'Sullivan 7/1, Judd Trump 8/1, Kyren Wilson 11/1, Shaun Murphy 12/1, Mark Williams 12/1, Stuart Bingham 20/1, Ali Carter 20/1, Barry Hawkins 20/1

Ronnie O’Sullivan

It’s no great surprise to see Ronnie O’Sullivan installed as favourite to win the latest edition of the Championship League, but the Rocket has never lifted the trophy and made the final only once in his career, in 2016. 

Seeing him taking part in this year’s midsummer event is something of a surprise, and while it’s possible that he may, aged 47, feel it necessary to try to win as many titles while he still can, the chances are he is competing in Leicester merely as a time-filler between holidays in the sun. 

We know he’s good enough to win a title of this quality, but whether he has the desire to commit to a two-month-long effort is another story. 

At 7/1, O’Sullivan can be overlooked in the title betting with many others making more appeal.

Judd Trump

Judd Trump wasn’t at his best last season but things could change for the Bristolian in the 2023/24 campaign. 

Trump has been a regular winner of Championship League titles down the years. He went all the way in 2009, 2014 and 2016, all of which were non-ranking events, and made the finals in 2012, 2020 and in the first of this year’s editions of the tournament. 

His 2020 runner-up spot was in the first instalment of the competition to carry world-ranking points. 

Trump’s only triumph last season came in the Masters, one of the game’s biggest tournaments, and he wouldn’t have to perform much better to win at least two titles in the coming campaign. 

The Ace in the Pack, the 8/1 second favourite in the outright market, can definitely be considered in this year’s midsummer marathon.

Kyren Wilson

Kyren Wilson dominated the Championship League when it was held in Milton Keynes and the Warrior could have a major say in proceedings in Leicester in the coming weeks. 

Wilson won titles in the tournament in 2020, in a ranking event, and 2021 in a non-ranking bash. 

But having been hammered by John Higgins in the World Championship at the Crucible in April, the Nuneaton cueman may feel he has a point to prove at the Morningside Arena. 

Wilson has defeated Judd Trump and Mark Williams in those two Championship League finals and is good enough to cause problems for any opponent in this short format, so he can definitely enter punters’ considerations at 11/1.

Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy played some of the best snooker in the second half of last season, but you have to go back to 2011 for the Magician’s only run to a Championship League final. 

He’s certainly capable of improving his quiet record in the competition, but Murphy may not be ready to give his all for a sustained period for one of snooker’s less important titles. 

Title triumphs this year in the Players Championship and Tour Championship meant many fancied Murphy’s chance in the World Championship but he came up short in his first-round date with Si Jiahui, who went on to reach the Crucible semi-finals.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is no stranger to starting campaigns on the front foot, but the Welsh veteran was nowhere near as impressive at the Crucible this year as he was last season. 

Time may be catching up on three-time world champion Williams and he too may not be ready to drain his energies for a prolonged period of time in Leicester. 

Williams, runner-up to Judd Trump in the Masters last season, is capable of winning his quota of Morningside Arena matches but a few others are preferred in the outright market.

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