Masters Snooker Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
January 11, 2018
Masters Snooker Betting tips
The Second Triple Crown event of the season rolls around on January 14th at London’s Alexandra Palace, with Ronnie O’Sullivan looking to make it two out of two and retain one of the most prestigious trophies in snooker.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Ally Pally, having recently hosted a thrilling PDC World Darts Championship. If the Masters is even half as good as that was, we’re in for a real treat.
The draw for Round One has thrown up some real crackers, with The Rocket set to face World No. 9 Marco Fu and Mark Selby going cue to cue with Mark Williams. But who will come out on top and kick off 2018 in style?
Round One Fixture: Ronnie O’Sullivan v Marco Fu
You never know what you’re going to get with Ronnie. He falls in and out of love with snooker quicker than he works his way round the table, but he will be there to defend his title.
The legend is 5/2 favourite with most bookies online to win the Masters, but faces a tough first tie against Marco Fu.
Fu isn’t in the best of form however, failing in the Fourth Round of the Scottish open to Xiao Guodong, ranked 30th in the world.
O’Sullivan’s route to the final would see him avoid No. 1 Mark Selby all the way through to the final, and if he finds a groove in the earlier rounds, he’ll be a great bet to win his eighth Masters title. The pair are 11/2 to make it to the final, a snooker free bet well worth taking on.
Round One Fixture: Mark Selby v Mark Williams
World Number 1. Mark Selby will take on two time winner Mark Williams in the first round and will look to win his first Masters since 2013.
The 34-year-old won the World Championship last year and will be desperate to take the second Triple Crown title of the season.
He’s 4/1 to do so and is a comfortable 4/9 to beat Mark Williams. As mentioned, he’ll avoid O’Sullivan until the final if he gets there, but would have to potentially get past Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy in the Semi Final.
Round One Fixture: Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo
Judd Trump should have little problem navigating his way to Round Two. He’s 4/11 to cruise past Wenbo, his training partner, who sits just inside the top 20.
The Bristol man has never made it to a Masters final, but sits at 11/4 to make it. He’s an 11/2 shot to win the Masters, third favourite behind O’Sullivan and Selby, and could finally break the jinx which has seen him only make two semi finals.
A final against Ronnie looks good value at 7/1, but it’ll take a huge effort from Trump to go all the way.
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Round One Fixture: John Higgins v Anthony McGill
John Higgins first won the Masters back in 1999 and went on to win another title back in 2006. It’s been over a decade since his last bit of success at Ally Pally however, and he’ll really want to start rounding off his career with some Triple Crown wins.
He finished runner up back in 2017, losing 15-18 to Mark Selby and could face the Leicester man once again in the final, should results go that way.
He’s 15/2 to win the tournament and 7/2 to make the final, he’d have to potentially see off Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan if he’s to do so though.
Round One Fixtures:
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Marco Fu
Mark Allen v Luca Brecel
John Higgins v Anthony McGill
Ding Junhui v Ryan Day
Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo
Shaun Murphy v Ali Carter
Barry Hawkins v Kyren Wilson
Mark Selby v Mark Williams
Round Two Fixtures:
O’Sullivan/Fu v Allen/Brecel
Higgins/McGill v Junhui/Day
Trump/Wenbo v Murphy/Carter
Hawkins/Wilson v Selby/Williams
O’Sulliva/Fu/Allen/Brecel v Higgins/McGill/Junhui/Day
Trump/Wenbo/Murphy/Carter v Hawkins/Wilson/Selby/Williams