Snooker: Mark Allen expected to respond in Scotland


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Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen is expected to bounce back from his UK Championship final defeat when he takes on Liang Wenbo on Tuesday at the Scottish Open.

The world No.6 was unable to get the better of Ronnie O’Sullivan on Sunday night but his form has improved in recent months and he will fancy his chances of winning this week’s tournament in Glasgow.

Allen is 6.00 to win 4-0 against Liang, while he is 11.00 to win the event before his first match. England’s Joe Perry is also in action when he takes on Thailand’s James Wattana and he is the heavy favourite to reach the second round.

Former world champion Peter Ebdon will look to avoid an upset when he takes on Aflie Burden during Tuesday’s morning session.

Burden is priced at 2.40, while Ebdon remains the 1.53 favourite with Dafabet. In the afternoon session, Belgium’s Luca Brecel will return to the table as he prepares to do battle with Hammad Miah.

Brecel remains as short as 1.29 to win, while Jimmy Robertson is also a short-priced favourite as he prepares to take on Germany’s Lukas Kleckers.

Kleckers is as high as 4.33 to win, while Rhys Clark is a 8.50 outsider to overcome Ryan Day.

Fans will be excited for 8pm when pre-tournament favourite Judd Trump faces fellow countrymen Jimmy White.

Trump is expected to cruise to victory with White having been in poor form in recent weeks. White has lost his last five matches and he is an 8.50 outsider to win in Glasgow on Tuesday evening.

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