2016 Masters Snooker Odds: Neil Robertson is a top tip at Alexandra Palace

Sunday 10th - 17th January - 2016 Masters Snooker

The Masters Snooker gets underway at Alexandra Palace on Sunday and what a week of action it promises to be. Ronnie O'Sullivan is back and will no doubt bring the punters pouring through the doors as sixteen of the world's best do battle in a straight knockout competition...

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan has won the Masters five times
  • Our tip, Neil Robertson, has reached at least the quarter-finals in 7 of his 9 appearances at the Masters, winning in 2012
  • Defending champion Shaun Murphy has made the last-eight in 7 of his last 9 Masters outings

The Return Of The Rocket

O'Sullivan was making headlines earlier this week as he racked up his 800th career century break and there has been plenty of support for him in the betting for the upcoming Masters. 'The Rocket' is a five-time winner of this tournament following his most recent success in 2014 and the 40-year-old is a 4/1 favourite for a sixth crown with Unibet.

O'Sullivan finds himself in the bottom-half of the draw in London and he could face reigning world champion Stuart Bingham, who can be backed at 25/1. The bizarre seeding system for the Masters ensures that Bingham is the number two seed despite never having gone beyond the first round of this tournament!

Mark Selby (9/1) is also in the bottom-half of the draw and the three-time Masters champion will have a point to prove after losing in the first round last year, while John Higgins and Ding Junhui also represent dangers in O'Sullivan's section.

The Defending Champion

It is Shaun Murphy who returns to Alexandra Palace as reigning champion after he completed a career Triple Crown with victory here twelve months ago. Murphy has pedigree in this tournament as he has reached at least the last-eight in seven of his last nine appearances, although his surprise defeat to Mark Fu at the UK Championship prior to Christmas and the pressure of being defending champion this week ensures we will be swerving the number one seed, who can be backed at 8/1 with Paddy Power.

Robertson Is Our Pick

Instead, we prefer Neil Robertson from the top-half of the draw as the Australian had been in sumptuous form while winning the Champion of Champions and the UK Championship during the back end of 2015. He struggled in a tournament after that but it is understandable after such a big few weeks and a bit of a break over Christmas will have done him the world of good.

The 33-year-old will be raring to go at a tournament he clearly enjoys as he has made at least the quarter-finals in seven of his past nine outings at the Masters, winning in 2012 and finishing runner-up in 2013 and 2015. The number four seed will be out for revenge after losing last year's finale to Murphy and he has since beaten the reigning champion in a Euro Tour event.

Robertson will fancy his chances of getting past Fu in his first match and we would have to give him the edge over Judd Trump, who has been inconsistent since finishing runner-up at the Shanghai Masters and it doesn't bode well that the 2012 Masters semi-finalist hasn't gone beyond the first round in either of his past two appearances here.

Conclusion

O'Sullivan's lack of genuine match practice is our biggest concern and let's not forget that Ronnie was thrashed 6-1 by Robertson in the semi-finals here last year. Bearing that in mind, we have to give Robertson and his exceptional form the edge at Alexandra Palace and we'll be backing him at 9/2 with PaddyPower.com.

2016 Masters Snooker Tips

Sunday 10th January - 1.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
2016 Masters Snooker    
Tips Neil Robertson to win    Best Bet @ 9 / 2  

2016 Masters Snooker Odds

Posted: Wednesday, 6th January 2016
Author: Chris Knight

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