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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Champion Selby to open at Crucible against O'Brien

Tournament favourite Trump to face qualifier McLeod

Mark Selby is chasing his third Crucible crown
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Betfred World Championship
Starts 10am Saturday, live on BBC & Eurosport

Mark Selby, the second favourite to win a third Betfred World Championship in four years, has drawn first-round tie against seasoned qualifier Fergal O‘Brien.

Second seed Judd Trump is edging market leadership to win the Crucible title for the first time and will face Rory McLeod in his opener.

Five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, who sits just behind Trump and Selby in the betting, will open his Sheffield campaign against Gary Wilson.

The tournament starts on Saturday morning at 10am when Selby will open proceedings.


The draw - top half:

(1) M Selby v F O'Brien
(16) R Day v Xiao Guodong
(9) N Robertson v N Saengkham
(8) M Fu v L Brecel
(5) S Murphy v Yan Bingtao
(12) R O’Sullivan v G Wilson
(13) Liang Wenbo v S Carrington
(4) Ding Junhui v Zhou Yuelong

Bottom half:

(3) S Bingham v P Ebdon
(14) K Wilson v D Grace
(11) M Allen v J Robertson
(6) J Higgins v M Gould
(7) B Hawkins v T Ford
(10) A Carter v G Dott
(15) A McGill v S Maguire
(2) J Trump v R McLeod



Ronnie O'Sullivan to open his search for a sixth title against Gary Wilson
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