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Who will claim the World Championship Snooker title in 2012?

John Higgins won a memorable World Championship snooker final (www.worldsnooker.com) in 2011, but there are a host of challengers looking to emulate him in 2012. We took a look at some of the major contenders.

The defending champion John Higgins showed grit and resilience to emerge as champion in 2011 after a difficult year. By winning his fourth title he has restablished himself at the top level of snooker and is justifiably the 7-1 favourite for the 2012 title.

Mark Selby can be a brilliant and consistent player, but the closest he has come to a world championship title was defeat in the 2007 final. If he hits a winning streak he could go one better in 2012, and is quoted at 9-1.

The only question about Ronnie O'Sullivan is whether he can summon up the will and motivation to make another bid for the world title. His concentration lapses are all that has prevented the snooker genius from winning everything in sight. He is 10-1 to win a fourth world title, and his present form suggests those odds might be worth snapping up.

Ding Junhui is widely expected to be the first Chinese world champion, it's just a question of when. The bookmakers are offering 10-1 against it happening in 2012.

Judd Trump was the revelation of the 2011 championship, with his fearless playing style, his trendy haircut and his phenomenal potting. He narrowly lost the final to Higgins. You can get 15-1 against him securing his first World Championship snooker title in 2012.

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