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Zhang Anda v Mark Selby: Tips, Predictions and Odds

Having just whitewashed Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-0 in his Players Championship quarter-final, many will be expecting Mark Selby to make light work of his semi-final challenger Zhang Anda.

It was a demolition job from Selby, who looked dialled in from the off and was able to blow the Rocket away, scoring a total of 550 points to 121.

The Jester from Leicester has never won the Players Championship but the manner of that victory over O’Sullivan makes him a leading contender for title honours.

However, Selby should not be taking Anda lightly as the Chinese cueman is enjoying the season of his life and comes into this fresh following a hard-fought 6-4 success over John Higgins.

The reward for the winner will be a place in Sunday’s final alongside world number three Mark Allen, who dismissed the challenge of Ali Carter 6-3 on Friday evening.

Zhang Anda v Mark Selby betting tips and predictions

Zhang Anda - 7/4

Selby has won all five previous meetings with Anda and on the back of a 6-0 rout of O’Sullivan it may look foolish to be taking him on.

But there is a sense that Selby was flattered by the margin of that victory as O’Sullivan can be criticised for throwing in the towel from an early stage.

That win would have done Selby’s confidence levels the world of good but O’Sullivan looked distracted and underestimating Anda could be thwarted with danger.

Although Selby boasts a perfect record against Anda, only one of those meetings has taken place since 2016 and that was a 4-3 victory for him in his home city of Leicester at the WST Classic in March of last year.

But Anda has taken his game to new heights since then and this has been a breakthrough campaign for him with a runner-up effort to Judd Trump at the English Open followed up by a maiden ranking title at the International Championship.

Anda came into this tournament, which is done based on the one-year money list, as the third highest ranked player behind only Trump and O’Sullivan, seven places superior to Selby.

That shows how consistently good he has been this season and there was so much to like about his 6-4 win over his snooker idol Higgins in his quarter-final.

Having lost a scrappy first frame, the Chinese star was simply unplayable for the next five frames as he raced into a 5-1 lead courtesy of consecutive breaks of 102, 79, 84, 104 and 95.

It then looked as if victory may be getting away from him as Higgins clawed himself back to 5-4, but a composed break of 56 helped Anda get over the line to a deserved victory.

It was a pretty complete performance from Mighty Mouse and a repeat of that scoring power would see him difficult to beat, despite what Selby’s 6-0 win over O’Sullivan suggests.

Selby has failed to make the final of the Players Championship in 11 previous attempts and the wait may go on with Anda representing a touch of value at 7/4 to land the upset.

Anda +2.5 frames on the handicap looks a fairly solid play for odds-on backers at 4/7.

Zhang Anda over 0.5 centuries - 4/5

Anda gives away little weakness to his opponent, rarely showing emotion and looking in complete control throughout a break.

The Chinese player showed his excellent cue ball control in that victory over Higgins, which featured two centuries and, in all honesty, he should have probably had more.

Anda has had 29 centuries this season and he looks a big price to register at least one in this showdown with Selby, which is available at 4/5.

Read more snooker betting tips and predictions on site.

Zhang Anda v Mark Selby odds

Selby, bidding to make his first ranking event final since the British Open in October, is 4/9 to come out on top with Anda 7/4 to pull off what would be considered a shock victory.

The Jester from Leicester is 8/11 to successfully cover a handicap of -1.5 frames while Anda is 1/1 getting a start of +1.5.

The contest to feature 10 or more frames can be backed at 1/1 while over 1.5 centuries is available at 8/13.

The winner will face Allen in the final and the Northern Irishman heads the outright betting at 1/1, with Selby 11/8 and Anda a 6/1 chance.

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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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