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Masters Snooker 2016 semis: Trump and Rocket fancied for final

| 16.01.2016

Lee Gormley and Jamie Clark | January 15, 2016

Masters Snooker 2016

  • Masters Snooker, semi-finals
  • Saturday, January 16th
  • Break-offs: 13:00 GMT and 19:00 GMT
  • Alexandra Palace, London
  • Live on BBC Two or Eurosport

In-form Trump tackles the Hawk

After an incredible performance to dispatch UK Championship winner Neil Robertson 6-5, in-form Judd Trump takes to the baize again for his Masters 2016 semi-final encounter with defiant potter Barry Hawkins.

Dafabet Masters 2016 - Day Six - Alexandra Palace

Bristol-born Trump edged out his previous Australian rival in a deciding frame, during a sublime showing in which he potted the tournament’s highest break of 140, and he is 2/1 with Coral to rally to a 3-1 first session lead over Hawkins.

Despite the Juddernaut’s massive impact on the baize in recent seasons, the 26-year-old has been held to a close head-to-head record against ‘the Hawk’, with five victories apiece in competitive meetings since 2012.

Although, one of Hawkins’ previous triumphs over Trump came during a Six Red World Championship clash, but he is 13/8 to soar to victory once again, while Robertson’s recent conqueror is 6/1 to successfully come through another final frame shootout to reach the Masters final.

Rocket battles Ball-Run Bingham

Tournament favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan will not be underestimating his final four opponent Stuart Bingham, however, as Ball-Run knocked the Rocket out of the 2015 World Championship en route to Crucible glory when they last met.

Snooker - Betfred World Championship - Day Twelve - Crucible Theatre

Rocket Ronnie remains odds-on 4/11 match favourite, however, because of a brilliant head-to-head record of 11-3 over Bingham, who is not without merit at 9/4 to repeat his Sheffield slaying of O’Sullivan.

While sending Mark Selby out of the Masters was hardly a surprise from the Rocket, Ball-Run beating John Higgins 6-3 in the last quarter-final suggests he will capitalise on any errors.

And yet there is something irresistible about backing O’Sullivan, especially at a nifty 9/2 to run out a 6-3 winner against Bingham.


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Coral’s top tip: Back Judd Trump at 2/1 to take a 3-1 lead over Barry Hawkins going into the mid-session interval of their semi-final encounter.

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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.