The Masters Snooker Betting Tips & Preview – 14th to 21st January 2018

The second Triple Crown event of the year gets under way this week, with a rampant Ronnie O’Sullivan looking like the man to beat. He’s in a buoyant mood heading into this one if his Twitter feed is anything to go by, and the Rocket is understandably confident based on his recent results. Will there be anyone to stop him landing an eighth Masters title following his success here last year?

Mark Selby is the main threat to O’Sullivan once again, but the days when the pair were seen as neck and neck going into major events feel like a very long while ago now. The Rocket seems to have decided to up his pace a level, and the rest of the sport’s elite are struggling to keep up. With Selby not in the best form, is there anyone capable of stepping up and causing an upset this week?

Tips and Predictions

The bookies have made O’Sullivan a heavy favourite, he’s 9/4 with Betfred to take the trophy. Meanwhile, Selby is 5/1 with Ladbrokes. Following them is Judd Trump at 6/1 with Coral, which must be a surprise to the favourite. O’Sullivan Tweeted that outside of Selby and John Higgins, the rest of his opponents are clueless. That’s obviously not something the bookies agree with, as Higgins is even further back at 17/2 with BetVictor. Those seem like the main contenders, but justifying any of those three over O’Sullivan is a tough job.

No player can match O’Sullivan’s seven Masters titles, and he can make it eight if he retains the crown this week. That would be an impressive achievement, especially on the back of his recent success in a Triple Crown event, having won the UK Championships. Should he carry that kind of form into this competition, we can’t see anyone stopping the Rocket. He’s won 85% of his matches so far this season, and we’re backing him to follow that up with victory at Ally Pally. His price of 9/4 with Betfred does feel like value given his form, so that’s the bet we’re going with here.

Past Winners

  • 2017 - Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Joe Perry 10-7 in the final
  • 2016 - Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Barry Hawkins 10-1
  • 2015 - Shaun Murphy beat Neil Robertson 10-2
  • 2014 - Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Mark Selby 10-4
  • 2013 - Mark Selby beat Neil Robertson 10-6

Other Bets and Odds

The stage really seems set for an O’Sullivan/Selby final, which would be an occasion to relish. The Rocket will fancy his chances against the second favourite, knowing that on top form no one can touch him. We do think Selby has enough quality to handle his side of the draw, and as a result we’re backing him to secure a final spot. He’s priced at 5/2 with Coral to make the final, while you can also back the top two favourites to meet in the final at 6/1 with Betfair.

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