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Snooker World Mixed Doubles: Prediction, Tips and Odds

The Easter Weekend includes two days of World Mixed Doubles snooker action from Manchester Central, as four pairs battle it out for the title in this unique format.

The pairs tournament was first played all the way back in 1991, when Steve Davis and Allison Fisher edged out Stephen Hendry and Stacey Hillyard in the decider in Germany.

The event is slated to feature the top four men from the snooker world rankings and the top four women from the women's rankings.

However, Mark Allen, the world number three, pulled out for personal reasons last week, so Mark Selby has taken his place as the next highest player in the rankings.

The venue for the action is Manchester Central, which also hosts the Tour Championship from Monday onwards - the penultimate event of the men's snooker season before the majestic fortnight that is the World Championship at Sheffield's iconic Crucible Theatre.

The four doubles partnerships will face each other once in an initial round-robin format before the top two from the group stage then advance to the final on Sunday evening. The format is alternate visit to the table, not alternate shot.

World Mixed Doubles 2024

World Mixed Doubles betting tips and predictions

Mark Selby and Rebecca Kenna to win outright @ 4/1

Beaten finalists when this event was staged previously in September 2022, the English duo of Selby and Rebecca Kenna are perhaps underestimated as outsiders now.

Selby is renowned as the grittiest of competitors and he's got team-game experience from his appearances on the Ultimate Pool circuit with Gareth Potts in recent times.

The Jester puts it all on the line whenever he takes to the baize, whatever the format, and the will to win of the four-time world champion is unquestionable.

Last time out in this event, Selby compiled a tournament-high 134 break as he made two of the three century breaks across the weekend.

Along with Kenna, they won all three round robin matches on 3-1 scorelines, leaving them as the only unbeaten pairing in that stage.

They went ahead in the final at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, but were defeated 4-2 by Neil Robertson and Mink Nutcharut in the end.

Kenna got to the last-16 in the world championship in China earlier this month, while Selby won his first title of the season as he beat Joe O'Connor in the final of the Championship League. Arguably, no player is better equipped for the short-format of the game.

Kenna, who is ranked number three in the women's game, is also feeling confident and relaxed on her prospects in Manchester.

"I'm very excited this time round," she told Metro. "I was a lot more nervous last time but I'm more settled now.

"It was right at the start of my journey on tour, so it was a bit overwhelming last time, I'm just looking forward to it this time."

With an in-form Selby alongside, they are surely underestimated having been the form side in the previous iteration of this tournament.

Luca Brecel and Reanne Evans to reach the final @ 5/4

They have 13 world titles between them and Belgium's Luca Brecel is the reigning men's champion, but he and partner Reanne Evans - the 12-time women's world champion - are billed as relative outsiders this weekend at 4/1.

Evans has made many appearances on the pro circuit facing male opponents and was a recent semi-finalist in the Womens World Championship, beaten 5-3 in a quality encounter with Yulu Bai, the Chinese going on to defeat Nutcharut 6-5 in the final.

Nutcharut, the women's number one, and Neil Robertson are defending champions in this event, but the Aussie's struggles are well-documented.

Despite making the recent World Open semi-finals in China, Robertson has dropped out of the world's top-16 for the first time since 2006.

That World Open went the way of Judd Trump, who partners here with the surprise 2023 world champion Baipat Siripaporn.

The Ace in the Pack has won five ranking titles since October but perhaps his focus will be more geared towards the Tour Championship and, ultimately, trying to win his second world title at the Crucible.

Brecel triumphed gloriously in Sheffield last season but has at times struggled with the expectation of being world champion this time around.

This event could be an ideal platform for the Belgian Bullet to set himself up for the final two events on the main tour this season.

He and Evans could well shine and they are worth backing to make Sunday's final.

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World Mixed Doubles odds

Judd Trump and Baipat Siripaporn - 7/4
Neil Robertson and Mink Nutcharut -
2/1
Luca Brecel and Reanne Evans -
4/1
Mark Selby and Rebecca Kenna -
4/1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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