Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Mark Selby in the final of the most coveted invitational event on the snooker tour on Sunday at Alexandra Palace.
The pair have already won the tournament on multiple occasions but will it be a fourth Masters title for Selby or will O’Sullivan lift the title for a fifth time?
O’Sullivan on Fire
This is O’Sullivan’s tenth appearance in the final of the Masters, a new record, and he’s lit the tournament alight this week with some fantastic performances.
‘The Rocket’ has dropped only three frames in his first three matches in the competition and is looking virtually unbeatable.
He defeated Robert Milkins 6-1 in a repeat domination of the pair’s last meeting in the UK Championship in December where Ronnie whitewashed the Gloucester potter.
He then produced a phenomenal performance in the quarters as he whitewashed Ricky Walden in less than 70 minutes, the highlight being a 134 break.
And then on Saturday, following a close start to his match against Stephen Maguire, he breezed past the Scot, defeating him 6-2.
His superb performances this week has meant he’s priced as big favourite for the title and Paddy Power provide the best price of 4/9 on him securing his fifth Masters title on Sunday night.
The match is also a repeat of both the 2009 and 2010 Masters finals, O’Sullivan prevailing as champion in the former by 10 frames to eight.
It should be another close match on Sunday and My BET OF THE DAY is on another 10-8 O’Sullivan win, with Sportingbet offering the best value of 17/2 on that scoreline.
Selby Masters Success
Mark Selby should be immediately ruled out, especially considering the Leicester man’s impressive recent record at this event. It’s his fifth appearance in the final in the last seven years, winning three of those finals.
He’ll be hoping for a repeat of the 2010 final where he edged past O’Sullivan with a deciding frame victory but will have to be at the top of his game if he’s able to do that again.
The defending champion seems to love deciding frame wins at the Masters and continued that trend as he was pushed all the way by a spirited comeback from Mark Davis in the first round. Selby had originally lead 5-2 but Davis won three on the bounce, only for Selby to prevail in the decider.
Then in the quarters, he battled back from 5-3 down to defeat 2006 Masters Champion John Higgins 6-5, before coming through as easy winner against Shaun Murphy is Saturday’s first semi-final.
If you fancy backing Selby for the final, then Coral offer the best price of 9/4.
The first session of the final begins at 1:30pm on Sunday, with the final session commencing at 7pm. You can catch it live on either BBC Two or British Eurosport.
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