100 million Chinese viewers tuned in to watch on the last occasion that Marco Fu and Ding Junhui battled it out, and Sunday’s Masters final is certain to be an explosive betting market.
Of all the pre-tournament favourites for the Ladbrokes Mobile Masters, only Ding Junhui has lived up the hype and the Chinese 23-year-old heads the Masters betting at 2/5 to beat Fu.
However the pattern emerging in this year’s Masters would suggest that the value is in backing Marco Fu to triumph at 7/4.
Only five of the 14 matches played in this tournament have been won by the favourite, and Fu can take confidence from his two career wins over Ding.
A £25 stake on Fu winning the Ladbrokes Mobile Masters would return £68.75 and new customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.
Fu’s demolition of Peter Ebdon in the quarter-final proved just how strong his form is and the world number 18’s comeback against Mark Allen showed his tenacity and Fu offers plenty of value at 12/1 to beat Ding 10-7.
The last two Masters finals have been separated by one frame and two frames and a tight match should be expected at Wembley on Sunday, especially considering the last time these two met it ended 10-9.
A repeat of that scoreline for Ding is priced at 8/1, while Fu is 10/1 to beat Ding 10-9.
Ding scored three centuries on his way to beating Jamie Cope and has six centuries for the tournament – he is 9/2 to score three three centuries in the final.
Fu reeled off three consecutive centuries in his semi-final and is 12/1 to score three centuries.
But with plenty of quality expected in Sunday’s final, the 11/1 for the match to produce six or more centuries looks the pick of the market.
A £25 stake on Fu winning 10-9 would return £250. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.