Snooker Tips: Higgins & Selby the Masters tips from opposite ends of the Draw

January 15, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All,Snooker

2017 Masters Snooker Betting Preview, Tips and Predictions

Mark Selby looks worth a Masters snooker bet at odds of 9/2 at bet365

2017 Masters Snooker Betting Tips:

Snooker’s ‘Masters’, sponsored by Dafabet in 2017, is always one of the most eagerly anticipated snooker tournaments on the calendar.  The competition was staged for the first time in 1975 and from 1984 onwards it has been restricted to the top-16 players in the world rankings.

Remarkably there has not been a back-to-back winner of this competition since Paul Hunter claimed the title in 2001and 2002.  It was all the reason needed to oppose the 2015 victor, Shaun Murphy, 12 months ago.  However, with Ronnie O’Sullivan landing last year’s Masters, it is difficult to dismiss the prospect of a repeat name being etched on the winner’s trophy in 2017.

O’Sullivan is top-priced 11/4 for outright glory (with Coral, William Hill and bet365) who make him just one of four players priced at 10/1 or shorter.  As any snooker fan knows an ‘in form’ Ronnie O’Sullivan would be a snip at this price if he brought his A-game to the party, but those going days are difficult to predict.  Factor in O’Sullivan is ‘winless’ since collecting this tournament last year and he is opposable at the price.

Unquestionably backing players who are in, or returning to, form is the key to pinpointing winners in snooker.  Similarly punters should automatically avoid those who have been in the wilderness.  Therein Neil Robertson can be eliminated from calculations despite trading as low as 9/1. The same goes for Mark Williams, Ali Carter and Joe Perry.  

Mark Allen and Liang Wenbo have tasted some success recently but surely these two will be outclassed among this line-up.

It may be brutal but pruning the field in such a way is the only way to approach this event and it leads us to conclude there is betting value beyond the ante-post favourite.

John Higgins Consistency Makes Him a Play

John Higgins (a four-time World Champion and twice a Masters winner) has ‘back-class’ in abundance and his nine ranking tournament appearances this season have resulted in five quarter-final finishes and a runner-up spot last time out in the Scottish Open.

From the other end of the draw Mark Selby, who beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of the UK Championship when last seen in action, has to be backed.  Selby has now won three ranking competitions during the current season, also being a beaten finalist in another (some record considering he has only played eight events).

Vitally the draw has proven to be very kind to the ten-time major winner who cannot meet Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump or John Higgins until the final and should not be pressed too hard by his opening round rival, Mark Williams, or a second round clash against Barry Hawkins or Shaun Murphy.

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