John Higgins vs Ronnie O’Sullivan Betting Tip O’Sullivan -1.5 handicap – 15th January 2021

O'Sullivan to take the win over Higgins in the heavyweight quarter-final clash at the Masters

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Scotland John Higgins vs Ronnie O’Sullivan England
15th January 1900hrs
Snooker – England – Masters
Pick O’Sullivan 1.5 handicap
Bookmaker Coral
Odds: 4/6 odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 January

This is the final match of the quarter final stage of the Masters snooker 2021. It is a heavyweight clash as well.

Both Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins had their respective struggles in the first round of action.

But the clear market leader in the match outright for this fantastic clash is “The Rocket”.

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John Higgins Preview – Can Higgins upset Ronnie at the Masters?

John Higgins is the 7/4 underdogs in Masters snooker betting for this contest* (odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 January).

The Wizard Of Wishaw needed a deciding frame to get past Mark Allen in the first round.

So that was a long struggle there to close out the match against the Northern Ireland man.

An even sterner test could be awaiting him.

It was in the quarter finals last year that Higgins fell and he has made it past this round of action only once in his last eight Masters appearances.

So the trend from that would be to expect him to fall.

Higgins has lost his last three matches in a row against O’Sullivan, but this is the first time that they will have clashed since 2019.

Our betting prediction:
O’Sullivan 6-4 correct score

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(odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 January)


John Higgins is a former Masters champion. But his second and last title in the event was back in 2006.

It has not been a particularly prolific season from him with the best effort coming in reaching the semifinals of the English Open in mid-October.

In Masters Snooker Betting a John Higgins +1.5 handicap is running at a quote of 11/4* (odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 January).

He fell in the second round of the Scottish Open and the World Grand Prix, his most recent two ranking tournament efforts.


Ronnie O’Sullivan Preview – Ronnie escapes first round scare

Ronnie O’Sullivan looked down and out in his first round match against Ding Junhui.

“The Rocket” was trailing 5-3 in the match and with Ding having a chance to close out the fixture.

But the Chinese player lost his nerve a bit and O’Sullivan mounted a superb fightback to take the match 6-5.

He produced a lot of character and steel to get himself through to the quarter-finals.

O’Sullivan is the 4/9 odds-on favourite to win this quarter final match* (odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 January).

Ronnie O’Sullivan is on the hunt for what will be his record-extending 8th Masters career title.

He gets another tough fixture and the winner of this quarter final will meet surprise semi finalist David Gilbert.

While O’Sullivan has not picked up a ranking title this season, his recent form has been very good.

He reached the final of the Northern Ireland and Scottish Opens while running to the semi finals of the World Grand Prix all in his last four tournaments.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan has a commanding lead over John Higgins in the head to head with a W37 D3 L29 record.

The last time that they met was in the 2019 Champion Of Champions tournament with O’Sullivan taking a 6-3 win.

It was back in 2006 that the two players met in the Masters and that was in the final, which Higgins one.

It remains one of the best ever Masters finals, with Higgins winning a deciding frame, gaining revenge for having lost the 2005 final to O’Sullivan.

The only other meeting between the two at the Masters happened in 1995 with O’Sullivan taking a comfortable win, so he’s 2-1 up over Higgins in Masters meetings.


John Higgins vs Ronnie O’Sullivan Betting Advice

Even though O’Sullivan struggled in the early stages against Ding and really should have been knocked out, here he is.

We have to side with the O’Sullivan win here because he did show a lot of character to fight back from what appeared to be a hopeless position.

This is a fresh start and we are looking at the O’Sullivan 6-4 correct score option in this mouthwatering clash at 5/1* (odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 January).


Key Facts – John Higgins vs Ronnie O’Sullivan Betting Tip

  • John Higgins is a two-time Masters champion
  • Both players won their first round matches by a deciding frame
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan is a 7-time Masters champion


Higgins also had to work very hard in the opening round to get through, needing that decider against Mark Allen.

The Wizard of Wishaw is down in the Masters head to head against O’Sullivan and he has lost his last three meetings with him.

O’Sullivan has been the one that has been carrying the much better form over the last couple of months.


The best betting odds for John Higgins vs Ronnie O’Sullivan

John Higgins to win: 7/4 at Bet365
Ronnie O’Sullivan to win: 4/9 at Bet365