Masters Snooker 2016 day four: Higgins and Robertson enter fray
Lee Gormley | January 12, 2016
Masters Snooker 2016
- Masters Snooker, day four
- Wednesday, January 13th
- Break-offs: 13:00 GMT and 19:00 GMT
- Alexandra Palace, London
- Live on BBC Two or Eurosport
Higgins faces Wenbo test in afternoon
On day four of the Masters 2016, two-time winner John Higgins opens proceedings in his clash with Chinese cueist Liang Wenbo, a player he has never lost to competitively in seven previous meetings since 2008.
The experienced Scot met his younger opponent twice during the course of last year and only dropped two frames across a double of comfortable victories, including a 5-1 thrashing in the Shanghai Masters last 32.
Although, talented potter Wenbo has discovered a consistent level of form in the past year, most recently reaching the UK Championship final in York and he is 11/4 with Coral to overcome the four-time world champion.
Wenbo form a boost ahead of Higgins clash
On his way to the 2015 UK final, Wenbo impressively toppled fellow countryman Marco Fu, David Grace and Judd Trump before tasting a 10-5 defeat at the hands of Neil Robertson in a high-standard match-up.
However, such a rotten record against Higgins may be some cause for concern to the Chinese break-builder, who is into his 11th year on the professional circuit, with his rejuvenated rival 5/6 to triumph and make the highest break.
These two potters have never met over a best-of-11 encounter, but the most encouraging performance from Wenbo during his poor run against Higgins came in a 2012 Crucible clash when he was edged out 10-9. The China number two is 13/2 to lose another final frame shootout here and 10/1 to gain revenge with a narrow 6-5 win in London.
Robertson rallying for further silverware success
Australia’s finest export Robertson takes to the Alexandra Palace baize for his opening clash with another clinical Chinese cueist Fu in day four’s evening session.
The 11-time ranking event winner comes into the famous London venue full of confidence after his emphatic UK coup, having beaten the likes of Higgins, Stephen Maguire and world number one Mark Selby via a 6-0 whitewash on his way to a second career victory in Yorkshire.
Robertson is 6/5 to send Fu crashing out and make the highest break of their match, having won both meetings with his opening Masters opponent last year.
Although, it’s actually 2011 Masters finalist Fu that is narrowly ahead in head-to-heads with Robertson, after earning eight previous victories to his opponent’s seven, and he is 15/8 to add another win to that record.
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