Barring another power cut the Masters quarter-final line up should be decided by the end of day four at Ally Pally and one man likely to have his name included in the last eight is snooker’s latest entry to the Triple Crown club, Neil Robertson.
In the other last-16 encounter the waters are far muddier between Barry Hawkins and Ricky Walden, so we’ve plumped for the contest to surpass the nine frame mark instead.
World number one Robertson could not be in better shape for this tournament, having finally claimed the UK crown in December to complete the coveted set.
Equipped with an unshakeable big tournament temperament, brilliant potting ability, and a safety game which trumps all comers, it’s no surprise to see The Thunder as favourite to end Allen’s Masters involvement here.
What’s more, Robertson has not only defeated Allen in six of their last seven meetings – including the last two editions of the Masters – but the Australian is vying to reach a third straight Ally Pally final.
Hawkins’ claims on the Masters crown have been significantly enhanced by his final appearance at the 2013 World Championships final where he eventually succumbed 18-12 to Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Having defeated Walden the last three times they’ve met – which includes the Crucible semis in 2013 – our money would favour the Scot’s match odds of 10/11 if pushed.
However, that epic semi-final which finished 17-14 gives clues that this contest could go to the wire once more and Walden’s semi-final appearance at the 2013 UK’s backs this theory up too.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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