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Focused Mann is ready to keep tabs on lacklustre Gould

Pinner potter no certainty to defeat exciting youngster

Mitchell Mann has caused problems for higher-ranked opponents
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Preston Qualifiers day two
9.30am Wednesday

Mitchell Mann has shown this season and last that he is likely to have a pretty decent future in top-level snooker and the Birmingham cueman may not be embarrassed by opponent Martin Gould in the first round of International Championship qualifiers in Preston.

Gould is always capable of turning on the style, but the Pinner potter has been going through the motions of late and can be opposed on the handi­caps with a player of Mann’s potential, focus and positive attitude.

Most bookmakers agree Mann should have a start of 2.5 frames against the former top-16 performer and the outsider can be considered with such a start at prices around a shade of odds-on.

However, there is extra insurance in backing Mann at 1-2 with a 3.5 start and that appeals more.

Xiao Guodong ought to dominate against Jimmy White, but the veteran is still capable of posting a decent display from time to time.

Recommendation
M Mann +3.5 frames
2pts 1-2 BetBright


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