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EUROSPORT EXPERT PICKS - NIKOS HITS THE FRONT

Greece's Nikos Alexopoulos has taken the lead in our fantasy snooker game for Eurosport's expert commentators.

Alexopoulos successfully picked Shaun Murphy as the winner of the Jojobet.com Gibraltar Open to score a maximum ten points. That result saw him leap ahead of long-time leader Maurizio Cavalli, who scored just three points for Barry Hawkins reaching the last 16. Jacob Solomos also picked Murphy and he's just a point behind Cavalli in third. There are just two more counting events to go – the China Open and World Championship.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the current table.

Eurosport commentators from countries including the UK, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Turkey, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, Holland & Flanders, Finland, The Netherlands, Russia and Greece are taking part in the competition by picking a player for each tournament. The winner at the end of the season will receive a £1,000 donation to a charity of their choice, provided by the World Championship sponsor Betfred.

Eurosport are providing extensive live coverage of snooker's biggest events this season. Here's how the Expert Picks competition works:

The remaining counting events are the China Open and World Championship. Each commentator must select one player before each event. But they cannot pick the same player more than twice during the season.

Players score points according to how far they go in the tournament as follows:

Winner = 10 points

Runner-up = 7 points

Semi-finals = 5 points

Quarter-finals = 4 points

Last 16 = 3 points

Last 32 = 2 points

Last 64 = 1 point

In events which don't use a flat 128 man draw (Shanghai Masters, Masters, World Championship) players losing their opening match will score 0 points, otherwise the scoring system will be as above. A running league table will be kept below throughout the season, with the commentator with the most points after the World Championship to receive the £1,000 charity prize from Betfred.

 

 

Commentator

Gibraltar Open pick

Current total score

     

Nikos Alexopoulos (Greece)

Shaun Murphy

73

Maurizio Cavalli (Italy)

Barry Hawkins

70

Jacob Solomos (Greece)

Shaun Murphy

69

Lars-Harald Riiber (Norway)

Mark Williams

64

Søren Ravn Larsen (Denmark)

Judd Trump

62

Henrik kaj Hansen (Denmark)

Barry Hawkins

59

Przemek Kruk (Poland)

Shaun Murphy

59

Rolf Kalb (Germany)

Judd Trump

58

Karel Janu (Czech Republic)

Shaun Murphy

58

Tom Kejla (Czech Republic)

Judd Trump

57

Alex Lely (Netherlands)

Barry Hawkins

56

Damir Ceronja (Serbia)

Neil Robertson

53

Rudy Bauwens (Holland & Flanders)

Shaun Murphy

51

Predrag Vukanovic (Serbia)

Barry Hawkins

50

Nuno Santos (Portugal)

Barry Hawkins

50

Neal Foulds (United Kingdom)

Shaun Murphy

48

Joe Johnson (United Kingdom)

Neil Robertson

48

Vladimir Sinitsyn (Russia)

Neil Robertson

47

Arturo Pérez (Spain)

Mark Davis

45

Gligorije Gligorijevic (Serbia)

Liang Wenbo

44

Zdenek Mika (Czech Republic)

Judd Trump

43

Marius Ancuta (Romania)

Barry Hawkins

41

Bjorn Haneveer (Belgium)

 

39

Tim Peters (United Kingdom)

Mark Selby

39

Sergio M. Gutiérrez (Spain)

Judd Trump

39

Edwin Ingebrigtsen (Norway)

Ryan Day

38

Petr Vlasek (Czech Republic)

Mark Selby

38

Aki Kauppinen (Finland)

Anthony McGill

36

Eva Poskocilova (Czech Republic)

 

35

Gábor Buzás (Hungary)

Joe Perry

33

Philip Studd (United Kingdom)

Barry Hawkins

30

Torstein Wik (Norway)

Anthony McGill

29

Martín Pérez (Spain)

Joe Perry

29

David Hendon (United Kingdom)

Ding Junhui

27

Kim Hartman (Sweden)

 

25