Bet of the day: Allen beats Hawkins and makes highest break
Lee Gormley | January 14, 2016
Coral’s bet of the day
- Mark Allen won pair’s most recent meeting last year
- Northern Irishman holds dominant record over Barry Hawkins
- Allen knocked out reigning champion Shaun Murphy
Allen 15/8 for win and highest break
After downing defending Masters champion Shaun Murphy in his opener, Northern Ireland potter Mark Allen features as Coral’s bet of the day at 15/8 to topple Barry Hawkins in the quarter-final and make the match highest break.
The Antrim cueist showed his true talents on the baize in that impressive triumph over the Magician and will be confident of overcoming the Hawk now, having rallied to a rampant record over his next opponent previously.
Allen has emphatically prevailed in nine of the potting pair’s 13 ever competitive meetings, while Hawkins has only managed three wins. The Pistol also secured victory in their most recent match-up at the Champion of Champions last year, dropping just two frames in that clash in Coventry.
Pistol aiming for ranking success
Following his gallant victory over Murphy in the opening encounter of this year’s prestigious tournament, Allen is highly confident he can finally clinch a major ranking event and join compatriots Alex Higgins and Dennis Taylor in doing so.
“I didn’t feel at my best heading into that Murphy match but a couple of days on the practice table since and I feel I’m getting closer to it,” stated the current world number 12.
“If I produce my best I can definitely win one [major]”.
“I’ve got the game to win these big tournaments.”
Allen has produced the form capable of finally lifting one of snooker’s Triple Crown events in the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters, but he is looking to end his wait by securing the latter this month.
“In my matches I haven’t necessarily been at my best but I’ve got to a lot of later stages of events this season which shows you where my game is at,” he continued.
“Perhaps I haven’t showed it in my matches, but I know that I’ve got the game to win these big tournaments.”
With the clinical Pistol brimming with confidence ahead of his quarter-final meeting with a player he holds a truly superior record over, make sure to back Allen for victory and the highest break at a tasty 15/8.
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