The last three places in the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters are up for grabs on Wednesday when the last 16 of the tournament concludes. It was meant to be four spots but Shaun Murphy withdrawing means there are only three matches on the third day of action.
We’ve seen some fantastic snooker in the tournament so far and we are yet to see Ronnie O’Sullivan grace the baize yet. He will do so on Wednesday while the world champion Mark Williams is also in action for the first time this week too.
There are two matches in the morning session with the world champion Mark Williams taking centre stage in one of the games. He goes up against Anthony McGill in what looks like a juicy battle while on the other table John Higgins will be beginning his campaign for another big title when he goes up against the much improved Ryan Day.
There is only the one match in the afternoon session which sees Ronnie O’Sullivan in action for the first time this season. He takes on a Neil Robertson who has already showed some wonderful form in this campaign so this should be a cracking contest with all eyes on it with the other table left free in the session.
Anthony McGill looked very good to me in the first round. He put together runs of 69, 134, 67, 79, 79 and 62 in his win over Yan Bingtao and that makes me think he can keep things close when he takes on Mark Williams on Wednesday. McGill is a good match player but when you put that sort of scoring on things he could be tough to beat. That said, Williams is in fine form himself at the minute and so taking him to lose isn’t the right way to go about things. Instead I’m happy to take the 4/5 on McGill getting at least four frames.
The big match in the afternoon session should be high scoring. I’m expecting a fair number of frames in the match and so with it I’m expecting more than 7.5 50+ breaks. Neil Robertson scored like a dream in the first round and Ronnie O’Sullivan is going to score well on tables playing as well as these ones are. With no other table distractions these two should get down to a quality match so over 7.5 50s is the way to go. We should only need nine frames to get this covered and we should get them.
Back A.McGill (+2.5 frames) to beat M.Williams for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with BetVictor
WON – Back R.O’Sullivan vs N.Robertson – Over 7.5 50+ breaks for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with Paddy Power