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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Judd Trump is main market-mover after Crucible draw

Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Stephen Maguire in World Championship

Judd Trump is 7-1 for a first Crucible crown
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World Championship draw
Judd Trump was the main man for money in the Betfred World Championship, which starts on Saturday morning, following Thursday's draw.

The fourth seed is still 8-1 third-favourite with the tournament sponsors but most firms clipped the Juddernaut into 7-1 for a first Crucible crown after he got Chris Wakelin as a first-round opponent. If successful, Trump would then meet the winner of Luca Brecel and Ricky Walden with John Higgins or Stuart Bingham among the potential quarter-final opponents.

Hat-trick seeking world number one Mark Selby is 4-1 second-favourite after being given a Sheffield opener against Joe Perry. Mark Allen, Kyren Wilson and Shaun Murphy are the others seeds in the first quarter.

Tournament preview

Crucible specials

In the bottom half of the draw, five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been eased slightly to 5-2 favourite for glory by Betfred and BoyleSports after picking up a tough-looking opener in the shape of Stephen Maguire. Mark Williams, Neil Robertson and Ali Carter are the other seeds in the fourth quarter.

Third-seed Ding Junhui's campaign starts with a clash against Xiao Guodong. Barry Hawkins, Marco Fu, Anthony McGill are the seeds in the third quarter.  

Top Half
(1) M Selby v J Perry
(16) M Allen v L Highfield
(9) K Wilson v M Stevens
(8) S Murphy v Jamie Jones
(5) J Higgins v T Un-Nooh
(12) S Bingham v J Lisowski
(13) L Brecel v R Walden
(4) J Trump v C Wakelin

Bottom Half
(3) Ding Junhui v Xiao Guodong
(14) A McGill v R Day
(11) M Fu v Lyu Haotian
(6) B Hawkins v S Carrington
(7) M Williams v J Robertson
(10) N Robertson v R Milkins
(15) A Carter v G Dott
(2) R O’Sullivan v S Maguire

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In the bottom half of the draw, five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been eased slightly to 5-2 favourite for glory
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