Neil Robertson has been installed as the favourite to claim the 2022 Betfred World Snooker Championship title at The Crucible.
Robertson, whose sole triumph in Sheffield came back in 2010, has picked up three ranking titles this season as well as The Masters crown.
The Australian comes into the sport’s showpiece event on the back of a sensational comeback win over John Higgins in the final of the Tour Championship and is bidding to end a run of three consecutive Quarter-Final defeats at The Crucible.
Robertson, who last reached the one-table setup in 2014, is seeded number three and finds himself in the bottom half of the draw alongside the likes of Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Tournament sponsors Betfred are offering best price of 4/1 for ‘The Thunder from Down Under’ to cap off a dominant season by lifting the sport’s ultimate silverware for the second time.
Meanwhile, reigning Champion of Champions Judd Trump follows in the outright market as 11/2 second favourite to back up his 2019 triumph.
Trump has enjoyed a timely return to form in recent months, finishing runner-up in the Welsh Open and picking up the inaugural Turkish Masters title.
He is situated in the top half of the draw alongside the likes of Mark Selby, Kyren Wilson and Mark Williams.
World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan returns in search of a record-equalling seventh world title and is the 6/1 third favourite to achieve the feat this year.
The Rocket has claimed the World Grand Prix title this season and is back on top of the world rankings, but faces a tough opening test against 2019 semi-finalist David Gilbert.
Defending champion Selby is priced at 9/1 to continue his emphatic record in the sport’s most prestigious major, having claimed glory on four occasions since 2014.
Selby’s fellow four-time champion Higgins is 14/1 to go all the way, having lost in four ranking finals this season and reached the final of the World Championship in three of his last five appearances.
Kyren Wilson is 18/1 to go one better than his runner-up spot two years ago but faces a formidable First Round tie against 2016 finalist Ding Junhui – who is 28/1 to become Asia’s first ever World Snooker Champion.
Ding’s Chinese compatriots Zhao Xintong and Yan Bingtao – both major winners – are 22/1 apiece to triumph in their adopted home city of Sheffield.
Three-time World Champion Williams, who last triumphed here in 2018, is an each-way tempter at 33/1, while former champions Stuart Bingham and Shaun Murphy are 40/1 and 50/1 outsiders respectively.
The sport’s annual show-piece features the world’s top 16 ranked players alongside a further 16 qualifiers as they battle it out for £2.4 million in prize money from April 16 to May 2.
Betfred World Snooker Championship 2022 Odds
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*Odds correct at time of writing – Betfred are top price on all players