The Barbican Centre in York will be packed to the rafters on Friday afternoon when Judd Trump takes on Neil Robertson for a place in the 2011 William Hill UK Championship final.
Trump and Robertson are two of the most exciting players in the game and this contest will represent a re-match of their first round match at the 2011 World Championship back in April where the young Bristol potter triumphed and then made it all the way to the final.
While the 22-year-old was the underdog on that particular occasion, he is now recognised as one of the world’s best players and comes into this semi-final as slight favourite at odds of 8/11 (bet365 – £200 free bets).
This is no surprise when you consider that Trump has already beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in a cliff-hanger of a match before a comfortable win over Stephen Maguire, although his opponent is also in terrific form and hasn’t been overly troubled in any of his three matches to date.
The Australian had become slightly forgotten after that first round exit at the Crucible although Robertson has cruised past Graeme Dott and Ding Junhui – now he will be out for revenge against Trump and he is 6/5 (Betfred – £25 free betting) to manage this.
Betfred also have Robertson available at 5/6 with a 1.5 frame start, with the match best of 17 frames and a close encounter is expected. A 9-8 victory in favour of the Aussie is an 8/1 chance and that is a feasible outcome.