Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump could meet again at the Crucible (Picture: Getty Images)Ronnie O’Sullivan has two serious contenders for the World Championship this year, according to Cliff Thorburn.
The 1980 world champion agrees with the vast majority of snooker fans, and the bookies, that O’Sullivan is the red hot favourite to triumph at the Crucible this year.
The Rocket is bidding for a sixth world title, and after winning the UK Championship, Tour Championship and Players Championship, among other tournaments this year, he is widely expected to lift the trophy again.
However, the Canadian legend has picked out two names that could stop O’Sullivan in his tracks in Sheffield.
Cliff Thorburn agrees with the bookmakers (Picture: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)‘My personal favourite is Ronnie but I sure love Judd Trump, the way he plays,’ Thorburn told StarSport.
‘There’s so many wonderful stars but I like Trump and [Neil] Robertson and Ronnie. They’re up there by themselves at the moment.
‘It’s an obvious choice but I think that one of them is going to win but then Mark Williams will probably win it!’
The bookmakers agree with Thorburn’s assessment, with O’Sullivan, Robertson and Trump the three favourites for glory in South Yorkshire.
However, Indian Open champion Matt Selt disagrees with that analysis and went as far as to rule out Robertson’s chances.
‘The other two, I can’t see Robertson winning it,’ Selt told Metro.co.uk. ‘He’s only ever won it once, 2010 and a lot of it was down to the draw, he played one top 16 player.
‘Apart from Ronnie being the best player in the world, you can’t look away from Mark Selby. The geezer’s game is built for the World Championships.
‘Tactically, he doesn’t care if you’re playing half an hour, 15 minutes, he can win it potting 15 individual reds or one visit.
‘He might be going through a little bit of a lull but the geezer’s an animal, especially over them distances, he does not care how long it takes. He’s so mentally strong and fit so that will play a part.’
O’Sullivan begins his campaign on Monday against James Cahill, Robertson plays Cypriot star Michael Georgiou on Saturday and Trump meets Thepchaiya Un-Nooh on Tuesday.
Selby starts his bid for a fourth world title against exciting Chinese star Zhao Xintong on Monday.