Wednesday marks the first snooker ranking event of the year as the tour returns to vast Tempodrom arena in Berlin for the German Masters.
Neil Robertson heads into the tournament as favourite in the outright stakes, with the Australian winning the last ranking event, the UK Championship, back in December.
He was very disappointing in the recent Masters, losing in the quarter-finals to Stephen Maguire but he is available at 5/1 with Sportingbet.
One player who impressed at the Masters was world number two Mark Selby who made it all the way to the final, only to be defeated by Ronnie O’Sullivan, who was unstoppable that week.
He also reached the UK Championship final and I feel that a tournament win is just round the corner for the Leicester man. He is my BET OF THE DAY in terms of the tournament outright odds, with Coral pricing him at 15/2.
There is good value on Ding Junhui in the outrights, with Sportingbet offering odds of 9/1. Ladbrokes also offer odds of 9/1 on Judd Trump although I struggle to see him winning the event after struggling of late.
A player who could be worth a punt on is Stephen Maguire who impressed at the Masters, reaching the semi-finals, especially considering he’s priced at 16/1 with Boylesports to be champion.
A new slim-line Shaun Murphy showed signs of his best at the Masters, before being defeated 6-1 by Selby in the semi-finals and is well priced at 20/1 with SkyBet.
Ali Carter is the defending champion after defeating Marco Fu 9-6 in the final last year and he is available at 22/1 with Totesport.
Selected First Round Matches
Carter starts the defence of his title against colourful character Dechawat Poomjaeng who made his name with his on the table antics at last season’s World Championships.
This match is live on British Eurosport from 9am on Wednesday morning.
Ding Junhui’s first round opponent on Wednesday afternoon is Redcar potter Mike Dunn who is battling for tour survival between now and the end of the season.
Mark Selby’s first round match is also on Wednesday afternoon and he faces Essex-man Jimmy Robertson. Selby has won all five meetings against Robertson and is 1/6 favourite with Ladbrokes, Paddy Power providing the best odds on a Robertson win at 5/1.
The TV table match from 2pm sees world number 7 Stuart Bingham take on Leeds cue-man Peter Lines, who reached the last 16 of the Wuxi Classic and Shanghai masters tournaments earlier this season.
The pick of the matches on Wednesday evening sees Neil Robertson takes on Liu Chuang, a resilient player who hasn’t enjoyed huge success but is ranked at 49 in the world. Robertson is 1/8 favourite with Boylesports whilst Paddy Power offer odds of 6/1 on Liu.
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