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Master Snooker 2016 day two: Trump tackles Maguire meeting

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | January 10, 2016

Masters Snooker 2016

  • Master Snooker, Day Two/li>
  • Monday, January 11th
  • Break-offs: 13:00 GMT and 19:00 GMT
  • Alexandra Palace, London
  • Live on BBC Two or Eurosport

Trump must turnaround recent head-to-heads

Snooker - 2015 Dafabet Masters - Day Two - Alexandra Palace

Day two of the Masters Snooker 2016 has an attractive baize battle between the cue sport’s young pretender Judd Trump (11/2 third-favourite with Coral to win the tournament), and Glasgow’s man on-fire Stephen Maguire.

While the latter has actually lost his place in the top 16 coming into this Alexandra Palace encounter, he holds a terrific recent 13-6 record against the Juddernaut.

Maguire hasn’t lost a match with Trump when there have been 15 reds on the table since the semis of the 2014 UK Championship – an event that Coral sponsored!

Snooker - 2014 Coral UK Championship - Day Twelve - Barbican Centre

Although the Scot is struggling in the rankings, opponent Trump does look a little short as odds-on 1/2 match favourite as he’s suffered three defeats to Maguire (a terrific 13/8 punt) since and hasn’t made past round one of this tournament since 2013.

These two met at last year’s Masters at this stage, and on-fire Maguire took the contest 6-4. A repeat scroreline cannot be ruled out as an 8/1 shot.

In fact, 6-4 is a common result between Trump and the Glaswegian, so for punters who alternatively believe the hype surrounding the former may want to consider that as an alternative outcome at 11/2.

Hawkins could repeat Perry performance

Betway UK Snooker Championship - Day Five - York Barbican

The other first round Masters Snooker fixture on Monday pits under-rated pair Barry Hawkins and Joe Perry against one another soon after the Hawk beat the Gentleman in Championship League action.

As Hawkins edged that very recent encounter 3-2, he is made a narrow odds-on 8/11 match favourite, but the head-to-head record is in Perry’s favour, explaining an 11/10 price on victory.

It’s the Hawk who has won the last two meetings, though, dropping a couple of frames on each occasion. A 6-2 Hawkins victory has a superb 7/1 price to be the exact scoreline in an under the radar clash.

Related

There’s comprehensive coverage of all the betting on the Masters Snooker on our dedicated section.

Coral’s top tip: Maguire must be worth a punt at 8/1 to beat Trump 6-4.

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