World Snooker Championship final: Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ali Carter preview

Ali Carter was a rank outsider to win the 2012 World Snooker Championship when the tournament began two weeks ago, although the Captain has reached his second final at The Crucible after a 17-12 semi-final victory against Stephen Maguire

Carter has shown battling qualities in every match that he has played in Sheffield, easily beating Mark Davis in the first round before a dramatic comeback against Judd Trump in round two which saw the Essex potter come back from 12-9 down to win 13-12.

The 32-year-old then narrowly held off Jamie Jones in the quarter final to set up his match against Maguire and was the outsider to win the semi-final clash but never let his advantage slip once he had got his nose in front.

Can Carter avenge that 2008 final defeat at the hands of Ronnie O’Sullivan and get his name on the World Snooker Championship trophy. The Captain certain has a chance considering that he has shown how to win snooker matches in the longer frame format and he will be out to make things as scrappy as possible against his opponent.

Ali can be backed at 7/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to become world champion and he certainly hasn’t had an easy route considering most people expected him to be eliminated at the hands of Trump.

Even so, there’s a reason why O’Sullivan is a best price 1/4 (Sportingbet free bets) and the Rocket has been in sparkling form ever since beating Peter Ebdon in the first round.

The three-time champion seems to have things right mentally and he has beaten Mark Williams, Neil Robertson and Matthew Stevens to reach the final, with the Rocket now looking to keep things together over the next two days and join a rare group of people that have four world titles.

There is every chance that Ronnie will prove too strong for Carter and he can be backed at 10/11 (Boylesports) with a -4.5 frame handicap although conversely you can back the underdog at odds of 8/15 with a 6.5 frame handicap and that is available at Sky Bet.

Many punters will be having a dabble on the correct frame score market and 18-9 looks a decent shout at 12/1, while you can get 14/1 about 18-8.

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