European Masters Snooker 2023 – Day 4 Tips and Betting Preview

The fourth day of action at the European Masters will see the last 16 conclude and all four quarter finals being played out over the course of the three sessions of play out in Germany. By the end of the day we will know the line-up for the semi-finals.

Some big names have made it through to the action on Friday and that should make for a decent day of snooker. We are down to four and then two tables so all of the action from here on in is on the streamed tables.

Morning Session

The final four last 16 matches form the action in the morning session and the headliner is the world champion Luca Brecel. He has the chance to reach the number one spot in the world rankings over the course of the day if he can see off Barry Hawkins and then win his quarter final later in the day. The man Brecel beat to win the world title is also on show in this session when Mark Selby meets Ashley Hugill. Dave Gilbert is looking to get back into the top 16 in the world rankings and he faces Lyu Haotian with the other match seeing the former winner Jimmy Robertson meeting Lyu Haotian.

Afternoon Session

We move into the quarter finals in the afternoon session and we have the tie of the round on the main table as the defending champion Kyren Wilson takes on the legend John Higgins in a repeat of what was a surprisingly one-sided contest at the World Championship where Wilson had cue issues. Judd Trump will be in action on the other table. He looks to make it into the semi-final at the expense of Ashley Carty, who will be competing in his first ranking event quarter final.

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Evening Session

The four winners from the morning session return to get stuck into the quarter finals in the evening session. This could be the session in which Luca Brecel becomes the world number one. Either he or Barry Hawkins will meet the winner of Noppon Saengkham or Jimmy Robertson in one of the quarter finals. The other match will see whoever comes out on top between Ashley Hugill and Mark Selby facing the winner of Lyu Haotian and Dave Gilbert.


Kyren Wilson has only lost three frames on his way to the quarter final this week but he clearly faces his toughest test of the lot in the last eight when he meets a John Higgins who looks like he has got the bit between his teeth once again. Wilson saw off Si Jiahui in the third round of the tournament but either side of that he has played three players outside the top 80 in the world rankings. Higgins has done it much harder than that.

In qualifying before he even got here he took care of Martin Gould and in the three matches he has played in this event in Germany he has seen off competent opposition in Dylan Emery and Zhou Yuelong and then beat the form man of the last six months or so in Shaun Murphy. Higgins banged in a couple of tons in beating Murphy and is looking very good. It might be that Higgins brings the best out of Wilson and that is enough but we know Higgins is playing well whereas Wilson might just have had a favourable draw. At even money I like Higgins here.


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