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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Martin Gould and Xiao Guodong could serve up close clash

Ricky Walden can make Shaun Murphy pull out the stops

Xiao Guodong is unlikely to let Martin Gould run away with their match
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Fourth round
BBC2 & Eurosport 1, 1pm & 7pm Thursday

Punters are limited to four matches on Thursday in the fourth round of the Betway UK Championship and, with Lyu Haotian already having been advised to defeat Mark Joyce, there are three other ties to consider.

Ronnie O'Sullivan is long odds-on to see off Thailand's Akani Songserm­sawad while Ricky Walden could pose problems for Shaun Murphy if performing as well as he did against Kyren Wilson in round three.

But for anyone in need of another punt, there's a close-looking clash in store between Martin Gould and Xiao Guodong and it will be a surprise if it's over in just eight frames.

Xiao has won two of his matches in York 6-0 and 6-1 but a closer contest is likely when he faces proud potter Gould, whose game is in decent nick.

Recommendation
M Gould v Xiao Guodong over 8.5 frames
2pts 4-9 Hills

Already advised
Lyu Haotian
1pt 7-8 188Bet


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Xiao has won two of his three matches 6-0 and 6-1 but Gould, whose game is in decent nick, is likely to suffer a close loss should he come up short
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