Such is the structure of The Masters, on only Day 5 of the tournament, we have reached the Quarter-finals stage. It’s “The Rocket” Ronnie O’Sullivan who will get things started at 1pm.
In the well built up grudge match between Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson, it was the former who had the last laugh. Post-match it was interesting how Trump stressed he had been practicing hard over the festive period for this event. ”I really want to win this one” the Bristol born Trump added. He made light work of his opponent by starting in red hot form, a 128 break in the first frame. Then came an unanswered 97 points in the second. The third frame was potentially more important though as Wilson (on 57) missed a frame ball green. Trump seized the opportunity and made a quality clearance, the comeback never looked likely from that point. The final score was 6-2.
Mark Selby was well supported from the moments betting markets opened for his match against Stephen Maguire. The money was spot on and the Jester from Leicester put an end to a worrying run of defeats in Triple Crown events.
Today’s Betting Odds, Prediction and Tip
The first Quarter-final today sees Ronnie O’Sullivan face Ryan Day. There have been plenty of people, myself included who felt Day’s temperament was not good enough to really consistently go deep in tournaments and win events. Over the last two seasons however, he has proved us wrong.
Today, he will be massively tested in that regard though. The Welshman is an aggressive player and a great break-builder. The concern will be that against Ronnie, he will be put in plenty of tough spots and several safety exchanges against arguably the best in that regard.
There is an argument for plenty of centuries here but the odds compilers normally have the overs well on side in that market when Ronnie’s about. It may be prudent to not over complicate things here and simply back The Rocket to put his opponent to the sword. An opponent his game matches up very well against.
The evening’s match between Ding Junhui and Luca Brecel should be entertaining fare. The latter put up the performance of the first round according to Jimmy White on Eurosport. I’d tend to agree but was also very impressed with Trump for the first 4 frames yesterday.
Ding went about his business with the minimum of fuss when brushing aside Jack Lisowski 6-1 in his opening match. There was a sense that Lisowski could have done much better though in that match and the scoreline was flattering.
This tournament has been played for many a year and over that time period the most common scorelines have been 6-4 or 6-5 since moving to this format. This match looks like one that could keep the fans entertained well into the evening.
How we placed our bet
What are today’s best bets?
Ronnie O’Sullivan -2.5 Frames
Ding v Brecel Match Over 9.5 Frames
Ronnie Handicap > 1pt
Ding Brecel Overs > 0.5pt