Ding v Ebdon tasty, not in my view
Murphy v Ronnie would be huge if it came about, that would be the match of the round by far.
Let's assume Ronnie both men get past their respective first round matches, I actually think playing Shaun "I think Ronnie is a pin end" Murphy will give Ronnie the boost he needs. He hates it when he doesn't feel challenged in a tournament. And can there really be more of a challenge then having a potential Murphy, Higgins, Williams path to the final, with the added bonus of being able to beat somebody who has tension with him. It might get Ronnie really up for this tournament, and suddenly playing well. Ronnie being Ronnie his form can change just like that.
I think Dale is key here, in this Crucible story. People have dimissed him as if he's already booked his train home on Tuesday evening. If Ronnie plays as apathetically as he did against Bingham in Telford, then there's no reason why there can't be another shock upset on the cards here. But at the same time, if Ronnie does make it past, The Crucible comes alive for him. And he's scheduled to play more days then he's not, so he might go on a run to the final without batting an eyelid.
He could also lose first round to Dale.