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Tour Championship Odds: O'Sullivan leads Trump in stacked heat

The Tour Championship has been expanded to 12 players for 2024, but reigning champion Shaun Murphy misses out after failing to qualify.

That goes to demonstrate the quality of the field, which features the top dozen - expanded from eight players - on the one-year ranking list, with fellow past champions Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson also missing out.

Ronnie O'Sullivan is the only previous winner from the tournament's five editions and he heads the betting for the event in Manchester.

Tour Championship odds

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Ronnie O'Sullivan

The eternal favourite, O'Sullivan won the inaugural Tour Championship in 2019 before reaching the final in 2021 and the last four the following year.

Wins at the UK Championship and World Grand Prix are supplemented by non-ranking victories in the Shanghai Masters, The Masters and World Masters but he also suffered a third-round defeat to Hossein Vafaei at the World Open.

Still, with the World Championship approaching, he will be looking to hone his form in Manchester.

Judd Trump

Top-ranked Judd Trump will also be approaching this tournament with an eye on Sheffield. He has five ranking wins this season, including at the World Open.

Trump failed to qualify last year but has come good again in 2023/24. The Ace in the Pack has failed to make it past the Tour Championship semi-finals since 2020 but his form hints he could go deep in Manchester.

Mark Selby

Mark Selby might be able to launch a bit more of a run than O'Sullivan and Trump, thanks to starting his campaign in the opening round before those two join the fray in time for the quarter-finals.

The Jester is 1/3 to beat 5/2 Gary Wilson on Monday, with the winner progressing to face Zhang Anda.

Selby has had a decent season and won the recent Champions League, hinting that he is building his campaign towards trying to claim a fifth world title.

Ding Junhui

It has been another season of nearly but not quite for Ding Junhui, who reached the finals of the UK Championship and World Open. However, he has still not had a victory since 2019.

The talent has always been there with the Chinese potter but he remains relatively unrewarded for a player of his skill.

Mark Allen

Ding will face either John Higgins or Mark Allen in the quarter-finals and the Northern Irishman will be hoping this is one of his hot weeks after a season that has featured three victories but also five first-round exits.

The Pistol has lost his last two meetings with Higgins but has again shown this season that he can be nigh-on unstoppable when cueing well.

Zhang Anda

A win at the International Championship and final appearances at the English Open and Players Championship have seen Zhang Anda shoot up to third on the one-year list and he will make his Tour Championship debut.

His defeat to Trump and Allen in those finals suggests he still has something to prove. However, he beat Mark Williams, Ding, and O'Sullivan before overcoming Tom Ford to triumph at the International.

John Higgins

The Tour Championship is still a relatively new addition to the calendar, and Higgins is one of several great players yet to claim the title, although he finished runner-up to Robertson in 2022 before missing out on qualification last year.

The Scot has had a decent year, reaching six semi-finals, and his recent record against Allen will give him confidence heading into their opening encounter.

Mark Williams

Williams is 4/9 to beat Ford but his form has dropped off after reaching the Championship League final and winning the British Open in the early part of the season.

With just one quarter-final appearance since the UK Championship, the recently-turned 49-year-old has plenty to find.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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