By Jeff Anderson
Masters snooker gets underway tomorrow where Ronnie O’Sulivan is 9/5 (SPREADEX) to retain his title. He might win and a lot of boxes are ticked for him to produce. But the standard is too high to justify a punt at this price and Stephen Maguire in the opposite bottom half stands out as the pick.
The Scot really impressed in the UK Championship and triumphed in European Tour Event 5 last month. He opens against Judd Trump who also impressed in the UK but who often follows a good run with a poor nervy show. So it’s Maguire to get past Trump and the the draw opens up at the decent 28/1 (general) each-way.
Stephen Maguire – Back to his best after lots of hard work.
Marco Fu has a squeak here too at long odds. His does blow very hot and cold at times but reached the last eight in York going down to the resurgent Maguire. In the opposite half of the draw he opens against Stuart Bingham and is a good long-priced each-way saver so definitely worth the 40/1 (general) on offer.