Well, the 2021 snooker calendar has started with a bang in Milton Keynes.
Pre-tournament favourites Mark Selby and Neil Robertson have both fallen at the first hurdle at the Masters, with world number one Judd Trump being forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test.
You know who that leaves, don’t you?
“The Rocket” Ronnie O’Sullivan is licking his lips at the scattered seeds this season and is now the bookies favourite to grab his eighth Masters crown.
Read on to find out top Odds Picks for two cracking quarter-finals.
Our Top Odds Pick – Stuart Bingham v Shaun Murphy – Over 9.5 frames – 11/10 at Paddy Power
Both Bingham and Murphy were 6-4 winners in their openers,with Murphy relying on a slice of luck early in his match against Mark Williams before kicking on to win the final two frames.
Bingham is defending his title from 2020 and took a 5-1 lead against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh before finally grinding out the match.
An 114 break was the icing on the cake of an opening round win, and “Ball-run” looks in the mood this week.
This one feels like it should go the distance. Neither man is in blistering form, but are both playing well enough to trade weighty blows.
Our Top Odds Pick – Ronnie O’Sullivan (-2.5 frames) v John Higgins – 6/4 at bet365
“The Rocket” is ready for take off.
O’Sullivan beat Ding Junhui from 3-0 and 5-3 down in his opening round fixture, displaying the sort of grit and determination we’d expect of the seven-time champion over twenty years ago.
This performance speaks volumes of O’Sullivan’s desire to reign again at the Masters, and we reckon he’s got enough fuel to walk through Higgins.
Higgins had to leave it late as well against Mark Allen and will be similarly drained.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.