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Ashley Hugill makes her Crucible debut this year

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Free snooker tips, best bets and analysis for day three of Betfred’s World Championship on Monday.

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Best bets

Mark Allen -2.5 frames against Scott Donaldson

1pt 4-6 Betfred, Coral, Ladbrokes

Ashley Hugill +6.5 frames vs. Neil Robertson
2:30 p.m.

2pts 4-7 bet fred

15+ images in Stuart Bingham vs. Lyu Haotian
7 p.m.

2pts 4-7 bet fred

Mark Allen vs. Scott Donaldson

Mark Allen’s Betfred World Championship curtain raiser against Scott Donaldson is hard to call, mainly due to the steadily improving Scottish qualifier.

Northern Ireland ace Allen used to beat Donaldson with little fuss, but the underdog is progressing and could make sure the favorite works hard for victory.

It’s hard to tell which side of the handicap to go with a 3.5 frame rating. It’s not easy with 4.5 either, so it can pay off to trust Allen to cross the line before his opponent wins eight frames.

Donaldson, making just his second appearance at the Crucible, was in great contact in qualifying, beating Allan Taylor 10-1 after outscoring Li Hang and humiliating Allen’s stepson Robbie McGuigan in his opener.

Neil Robertson vs. Ashley Hugill

Ashley Hugill is an impressive young player, both in his ability and the way he performs on the main circuit, and he should enjoy plenty of future success.

His reward for qualifying for the Crucible for the first time is a crack at this year’s title favorite Neil Robertson. But while the Aussie is no stranger to leaving plenty of opponents in his wake, it’s entirely possible the shrewd and focused Hugill could put up a more resolute defense than many punters expect.

A 10-3 loss would likely be a disappointing result for Hugill, who beat Robbo 5-1 in their only previous meeting at the 2016 German Masters. So back to the underdog, who thwarted Martin Gould and Joe O’Connor for deserve this debut on stage, to win at least four images.

Stuart Bingham vs. Lyu Haotian

Stuart Bingham made more century leaps than anyone in just four rounds at the Crucible last year and there’s no reason the Essex ace couldn’t shine in Sheffield this year.

He’s a quality operator, although he’s also been a little quiet lately, so it might pay to give his opponent Lyu Haotian some respect when they first meet in their career.

There are 2.5 and 3.5 handicap lines about Lyu, but it’s probably best to take a slightly shorter price and make the match last 16 frames or more.

Lyu beat Xu Si, Lu Ning and Dominic Dale to qualify for a third trip to the Crucible and he looks in better shape than when he succumbed 10-2 to Allen in the first round last year.

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