2019 Masters Snooker Betting Preview

2019 Masters Snooker Betting Preview

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2019 Masters Snooker

Snooker fans will be excited to welcome back some epic action on the green baize on Monday after a short break over the Christmas period when the 45th staging of the annual Masters event gets underway in the first tournament of 2019. Mark Allen is the defending champion having won this non-ranking event back in 2018, but the competitions is arguably the most open it has ever been with all of the 16 players set to compete fancying their chances of picking up one of the most famous trophies in snooker. The tournament prize money certainly isn’t too shabby either, with a total prize fund of £600,000 and a share of £200,000 going to the winner on the 20th of January. The famous Alexandra Palace is the host of the event, with the top eight seeds automatically qualifying for the tournament and the other eight players having qualified throughout the 2018 UK Championship. Below are our three tipped players who we feel have an excellent chance of picking up the trophy and the huge prize money come January 20th.

Ronnie O’Sullivan – 15/8 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Just like any event the world number three Ronnie O’Sullivan enters, backing against him in this tournament is certainly hard to do. The Rocket hasn’t lost a match since his Northern Ireland Open loss to Judd Trump in the final of that competition back in November and after a short break over the Christmas period, the man who many see as the best player to have ever picked up a cue will be back and looking to pick up his eighth trophy here. O’Sullivan’s last Masters trophy came back in 2017 when he overcame Joe Perry by a 10-7 score-line, but his exit to eventual champion Mark Allen in the quarter-final of the competition last year will be something he’ll be desperate to bounce back from here. The former World Champion takes on a man he knows well in Stuart Bingham and this match certainly won’t be easy with ball-run having won the English Open in the latter stages of last year. However, if O’Sullivan can get through unscathed, he’ll be confident of making his way through the roster when he comes up against either Ryan Day or John Higgins in the quarter-final and one of either Allen, Luca Brecel, Ding Junhui or Jack Lisowski in the semi-final.

Mark Allen – 11/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Reigning Masters champion and world number six Mark Allen takes on world number 14 Brecel in his first match on Monday and having had a brilliant 2018 which involved his first Masters crown, a win in China with an International Snooker Championship win and finally a fantastic win in Glasgow when he picked up his Scottish Open trophy with a 9-7 win over Shaun Murphy – he’ll be more than confident of repeating his success for the second year running. Brecel is certainly a dangerous player and a player who is more than capable on his day of achieving wins against the best – something he showed in a recent match against Barry Hawkins in the Champions League – but Allen’s class should see him prevail here if he can prolong his amazing form. Allen could set up another meeting with O’Sullivan in the semi-final in a clash of the titans, but first he will have to get past Brecel and then the winner of either Lisowski or Ding in the quarter-final stage.

Kyren Wilson – 14/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Perhaps one of the players who hasn’t quite lived up to his full billing in what is somewhat of a short time on tour so far is world number nine Kyren Wilson. The Warrior won his first ranking title back in 2015 in the Shanghai Masters and the man he beat was Judd Trump, the player he meets in his first match of this year’s Masters tournament and despite the game being an extremely tough starter for Wilson, we do feel as though he can go all the way if he manages to come through this one against the Juddernaut. Key to the number nine ranked player’s success here will be his break building and improvement on his long potting and if he can show glimpses of his classy Paul Hunter Classic event win from August – as well as his good runs in the Shanghai Masters and the Champion of Champions competition – we think Wilson is a brilliant priced outright winner here.

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