By News Team
7th January 2021
The 2021 Masters is starting on Sunday and will take place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
Ronnie O’Sullivan is yet to win a title this season while Judd Trump has won the English Open, Northern Ireland Open and the World Grand Prix. But who will reign supreme at the Masters?
Judd favourite to Trump the lot
The current world number one Judd Trump is having a great season and put on a snooker masterclass when winning the World Grand Prix back in December. It was during this event where he stated that he feels as if his achievements have been undervalued. Being one of snooker’s dominant men, Trump lifted six ranking event titles last season and has already lifted three this term before the New Year.
Trump is never one to rule out and usually justifies favouritism. However, he has only won this competition once back in 2019. He is currently priced as the 5/2 favourite to win the Masters title and will face David Gilbert in the opening game of the tournament on Sunday. If he was to progress, he’d face a tough match against either Kyren Wilson or Jack Lisowski.
Ronnie low on rocket fuel
As already mentioned, Ronnie O’Sullivan is yet to win a title this current season but has managed to reach two ranking finals: at the Northern Ireland Open and the Scottish Open, losing to Trump and Mark Selby respectively. Ronnie has previously stated that he has spent less time on the practice table this season and has also expressed his annoyance with continually playing in Milton Keynes.
However, there is something for O’Sullivan to smile about as he’s got a good draw. In the first round, he faces Ding Junhui, a player who he has beaten 16 of the 24 times they have met. If he was to beat Junhui, he would then face either Mark Allen or John Higgins in the quarter-finals. The Rocket is second favourite to take the tournament at 4/1. Having won this event seven times in the past, most recently in 2017, O’Sullivan knows what it takes to go all the way.
Could Robertson reproduce UK Open heroics?
Current reigning UK Open champion Neil Robertson faces Yan Bingtao in his opening game on Tuesday. The Aussie had an unbelievable battle against Trump in their UK Open final, where Robertson potted the final pink at 1am in the morning. It was an incredible match to witness and one of the most dramatic moments of the season so far. Robertson was also runner-up in the English Open and the Champion of Champions. He is therefore joint-second favourite alongside O’Sullivan at 4/1.
Robertson will have an extremely tough draw if both he and Selby progress through to the next round. Selby faces Stephen Maguire in the first round and ‘The Jester from Leicester’ has found a new vein of form in recent months, most recently winning the Scottish Open. He is 6/1 to be the Masters champion.