Neil Robertson v Stephen Maguire Betting Tip 1 – 13th January, 2020

Robertson to make easy headway against Maguire

Stephen Maguire /Scotland ©imago images / VCG 13.01.2020

Former Masters champion Neil Robertson gets his latest campaign underway at the Alexandra Palace on Monday. The form of the Australian hasn’t been that hot so far in the season.

Is there a window of opportunity for big underdog Maguire? Read our betting tip for Neil Robertson v Stephen Maguire for more.

Neil Robertson v Stephen Maguire odds*

Neil Robertson 3/10
Stephen Maguire 5/2

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Robertson can raise his game at the Ally Pally

Robertson won the 2012 Masters and has been a very consistent performance at the event. In none of his last eight appearances at the Masters has he fallen in the first round of action. The Australian was well in contention last year but slipped in the semi-finals against eventual winner Judd Trump.

Robertson 6-2 Correct Score
9/2

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During the 2019 calendar year, Robertson was well on top of his game, collecting three ranking titles. But in the 2019/20 season, he has struggled to get his game up and going. From six ranking appearances, he has yet to make it past the fourth round.

He did win the Champion of Champions event in mid-December to finish the year with a bang. That’s what he’s capable of, but is one of those players who is prone to just switching off.

Head to head

The head to head is even at eight wins each between Robertson and Maguire
Robertson won the most recent meeting which was in the 2015 UK Championship
Maguire had won three in a row before that including a 2014 Masters meeting

Can Maguire upset Robertson?

14th seed Stephen Maguire is facing a big uphill task in this match according to the bookies. On-Fire Maguire really hasn’t been that this season. Although he did string together a very good run to reach the final of the UK Championship as a total outsider.

But those big tournament performances from him are few and far between. That was the first time that the Scotsman had been in a ranking final since the June 2017 Riga Masters. He doesn’t really have a Masters record to inspire.

Maguire is a four-time losing semi-finalist, but in his last two entries (he failed to qualify for two of the four most recent editions before this one) he went straight out in the first round.

Neil Robertson v Stephen Maguire Prediction and tip

This is a good chance for Robertson to get his eye in and perhaps get a bit of confidence going. There could be a big second-round clash to come against Mark Allen if he gets past this.

But first things first, Robertson should get the job done and he is at 10/11 for a -2.5 handicap to be successful* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on January 12th, 2020 at 4:34 pm).


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