Stevens set to make his class tell against Wells
Welsh Dragon should fancy his chances in China
Eurosport 1, 7am Wednesday
Matthew Stevens rolled back the years when hammering Alan McManus 5-1 in the opening round of the China Open and he looks a cracking bet to beat Daniel Wells in round two.
Stevens has more class than most on the main tour and while he has been pretty quiet in the last few seasons, he has shown glimpses of his old form in recent events.
That was no more evident than when making the last 16 of the Betway UK Championship in December.
The Welsh Dragon beat James Cahill, Michael White and Joe Perry before Ronnie O’Sullivan stopped his progress and that sort of performance shows the ability is still there.
It’s always difficult to know how motivated Stevens will be in smaller events, but the fact he has started the tournament on the front foot and faces a winnable second-round contest means it’s reasonable to suggest he will approach the game with plenty of desire.
Coral rate the dual World Championship finalist a 4-7 shot to see off Wells and it’s easy to see why they have dangled punters that carrot given the trajectory of both players’ careers.
However, while Wells is a capable cueman he isn’t in the same class as Stevens and the Welshman’s extra quality and experience are expected to tell over the best of nine frames in Beijing.
2pts 4-7 Coral