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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Determined Dott can keep close tabs on the Magician

Trump set to maintain his dominance over Williams

Graeme Dott could make life tough for Shaun Murphy
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Eurosport 1, 1pm & 7pm Saturday

Shaun Murphy v Graeme Dott 1pm

Graeme Dott produced a remarkable fightback to tee up a semi-final showdown with old foe Shaun Murphy and a reproduction of that battling display could see the Scot keep close tabs on the Magician in the German capital.

Dott came from 4-0 down to stun Xiao Guodong in his quarter-final encounter and recent performances from the Pocket Rocket suggest he’s in better shape than he has been for some time.

The Scot has not made a final of a ranking event for six years but this is his third last-four appearance in the last eight events at the Tempodrom and his liking for the venue should stand him in good stead. 

Murphy is the likelier winner but he needed a decider to see off Ryan Day in the last round and his meetings with Dott have often been closely fought.

Dott has impressed in overcoming Barry Hawkins, Mei Xiwen and Gudong this week and punters should take a chance on him keeping the contest close.

The longer format - first to six frames - should aid Murphy's chances but he mustered a highest break of just 52 when downing Day and he's unlikely to blow away his Scottish challenger.

Over 9.5 frames

1pt 11-8 Hills

Judd Trump v Mark Williams 7pm

Judd Trump overcame a scare to dump out a rejuvenated Ding Junhui in the last round and the Juddernaut can continue his dominance over Mark Williams to book his place in the final.

Trump made breaks of 140, 64 and 51 in racing into a 4-0 lead but Ding rallied and rattled off the next three frames.

The Bristolian eventually sealed his progress in a twitchy eighth frame but he has shown enough this week to suggest his recent failure to qualify for the China Open hasn't left any scars.

Trump is a class act often let down by the pressure he places on himself but victories over Ding, Joe Perry and Ben Woollaston this week should have eased the nerves.

Remarkably, Trump has won the last ten meetings between the pair and punters should take a chance on him running out a ready winner once more.

Williams has been one of the most consistent performers on the baize this season but he has yet to be tested in Berlin this week and Trump will want to show his army of followers he is playing himself into peak form.

J Trump -1.5 frames
1pt 5-6 bet365

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Dott has impressed in overcoming Barry Hawkins, Mei Xiwen and Gudong this week and punters should take a chance on him keeping the contest close
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