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Bet of the day: Murphy beats Allen and makes highest break

| 10.01.2016

Lee Gormley | January 10, 2016

Coral’s bet of the day

  • Shaun Murphy enters Alexandra Palace as defending champion
  • He has beaten Mark Allen 11 times from 15 meetings
  • The Magician has won their last three match-ups
  • Murphy the heavy odds-on 8/15 favourite

Murphy 6/4 to win and make highest break

With the Masters once again breaking-off at Alexandra Palace today, Coral’s bet of the day comes from the tournament opener with defending champion Shaun Murphy 6/4 to overcome Mark Allen and make a match highest break.

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The PDC World Darts Championship has just come to a thrilling conclusion at the prestigious venue in London and it’s snooker’s turn to takeover, with the Magician aiming to retain his coveted crown.

Starting with a clash against Northern Ireland’s Pistol, Murphy is the heavy odds-on 8/15 favourite to overcome his top 16 rival and edge into the next round of the sport’s most illustrious non-ranking event.

Magician holds rampant head-to-head record

Allen may be a constant top 16 competitor, but the Magician has been on a different level in previous tournaments and has also enjoyed truly emphatic form in this potting pair’s recent competitive match-ups.

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The 33-year-old reigning champion stormed to victory at the Alexandra Palace 12 months ago, destroying Australian Neil Robertson 10-2 to earn himself a career Triple Crown, having also reigned supreme at the Crucible back in 2005.

He will be confident of toppling Allen and moving towards retaining that trophy today with a dominant head-to-head over his first round opponent. From 15 previous encounters, which have produced 113 frames since their maiden meeting in 2006, Murphy has supremely won 11 of those clashes.

Having also prevailed in the previous three baize battles with Allen, the Magician will hope to wave his magic cue once again and is a tasty 6/4 to down his Northern Irish rival while also knocking in the highest match break.


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Coral’s top tip: Back Shaun Murphy to beat Mark Allen and make the highest break of the match at 6/4.

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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.