The Essex cueman won 2 ranking titles, Shanghai Master and Asian Tour Event 2 in September and October last year, while in February 2015 he become the Championship League winner. Bingham won the first ranking title of his career at the age of 35, winning in 2011 the Australian Open, the second title came three years later by winning the 2014 Shanghai Masters. He’s yet to play a final either at the UK Championship or at the Crucible, actually his best performance by the World Championship is a quarter-final played in 2013, losing it disappointingly, 4-13 to Ronnie O’Sullivan. He wrote a piece of history in 2006. Bingham played Ken Doherty in the first round and almost made the fifth 147 break at the Crucible, but missed the final pink in an attempt that would have been worth £147,000, after which he lost the match 8–10.
Robbie Williams made his debut at the Crucible last season, losing the tough last 32 round match, 2-10 to Robertson. This year he started the qualifying stages with an easy win, defeating in the first round Lee Page with 10-3, after that he surprised the snooker audience overcoming Poomjaeng with a 10-8 victory, finally denying Holt presence at the Crucible, 10-5, a match in which Robbie recorded 2 breaks of over 50 points and a century of 101. His best performance of this season is a last 16 round by EPT Event 3. It’s clear that he must raise his game to stand a chance against Bingham, but I’m afraid he will not be able to build those winning break needed to progress further and I expect Bingham to advance in the last 16 round with not a big effort.
H2H: Bingham 2-0
Prediction: Bingham to advance.
Betting perspectives: Bingham-4.5@2 at
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