January 15, 2014

Masters Snooker Quarter-Final Betting Tips 15/01/14

Snooker betting oddsMark Rawlinson

We’re down to the last eight in snooker’s most exclusive invitational event with the Masters quarter-finals taking place over the next two days.

There have been plenty of tense first round matches and we have already lost the likes of world number four Judd Trump and three-times ranking event winner this season Ding Junhui.

Thursday’s Quarter-Finals

Marco Fu was the man who knocked out a struggling Trump on Monday afternoon thanks to a deciding frame victory over the Juddernaut.

That’s not bad considering Fu’s disastrous UK Championship in December when he was beaten in the very first round by amateur player Mitchell Mann.

But that’s what Fu’s fluctuating career has been all about; when he’s good he’s almost unbeatable but when he’s struggling he can be terrible. The Hong Kong man will need to be on top of his game if he’s to come past a recently revived Shaun Murphy on Thursday afternoon.

Whilst he wasn’t at his best, Murphy managed to frustrate his first round opponent Ding in what was a poor quality match, eventually prevailing 6-4.

‘The Magician’ reached the semi-finals in Ally Pally last year and is currently 8/11 favourite with Bet 365 to do that again this year. The best odds on a Fu win are provided by William Hill at 13/10.

Then there’s another tasty affair in the evening session as three-times Masters champion MarK Selby takes on John Higgins, who’s won the tournament twice.

Defending champ Selby had a tricky first round match against Mark Davis. He had led 5-2 at one point but his opponent put in a spirited comeback to close to 5-5 but Selby prevailed through the decider.

Higgins’ first round tie was a little easier has he progressed past an out-of-sorts Stuart Bingham 6-2.

Selby is priced as 4/7 favourite with Bet Victor to win the quarter-final whilst Stan James represent the best value on a Higgins win at 13/8.

Friday’s Quarter-Finals

Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on Ricky Walden in the first of Friday’s matches. The Rocket swept aside Robert Milkins 6-1 in the first round on Tuesday and looked very sharp for much of the match.

The four-times Masters champion remains 6/4 favourite with Bet 365 in the tournament outright stakes and will fancy his chances against Ricky Walden who has a tendency to struggle on the very biggest of stages.

But at one stage it looked the Chester cueman was down and out as he trailed Barry Hawkins 5-2 but he pulled a miracle out of the back with four frames on the bounce to book his place in the last eight.

The two players have only ever met twice previously with one win each, Walden’s win being the more significant as it meant he won his first ranking event title, the 2008 Shanghai Masters.

O’Sullivan is priced at 1/2 with a number of bookies, including Bet Victor, to win this match, with Ladbrokes providing the best value on a Walden win at 4/1.

Both meeting have ended in close scorelines, therefore my BET OF THE DAY is on a 6-4 O’Sullivan win with Betfred at 5/1, with a 6-5 scoreline in favour of Ronnie available with Ladbrokes at 11/2.

Then on Friday evening world number one Neil Robertson takes on Stephen Maguire. A usually fluent Robertson really struggled in his opening round match, being rather fortuitous to make it past Mark Allen after a deciding frame victory.

Stephen Maguire’s first round match was a little more comfortable as he beat Joe Perry 6-4 and if you fancy a punt on the world number five to win this one, then Bet Victor provide odds of 7/4. The best odds of a Robertson win come courtesy of Paddy Power at 1/2.

Live TV coverage continues on BBC Two and the red button as well as Eurosport 1 and 2.

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