Painter v Monk: Monk could make victory a habit
Not the only world championship re-match on show on Friday evening, but arguably the most intriguing one as young Arron Monk continues to go in search of big scalps on the big stage.
At just 22-years-old he is a familiar face on our television screens thanks to appearances at the last two Grand Slams, reaching the third round of the UK Open back in 2010 and of course taking on Kevin Painter at the tail end of last year at the Alexandra Palace.
The Mad Monk certainly didn’t embarrass himself in his world champs debut against, the then bang-in-form Artist, averaging over 90 and going down 3-1. This often seems to be the case though at the minute for Monk who is now regularly competing with the best, but is still struggling to regularly make an impression. The majority of his wins have come on the youth tour, and that has helped him, but his ranking of 62 in the world proves he is yet to really start swimming in the deep end.
It is hard to assess what kind of form the Artist is going to bring into this contest, he has obviously enjoyed a hugely successful and profitable few months thanks to his win at the Players Championships and appearances in the Premier League, but his momentum may have just run out.
He ended his Premier League campaign with a crushing 8-1 defeat at the hands of Andy Hamilton and in two Pro Tour events since he didn’t make much of an impression. He is still a top player and deserves his 11th in the world ranking, but maybe he has just lost the head of steam he had developed.
Three games and three wins for Monk on Thursday night might just give him the impetus that Painter is lacking. The Artist has never lost to his young opponent but there is always a first time for everything, and at 9/4 I think Monk is worth backing.
Arron Monk to win @ 9/4 with William Hill
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