Neil Robertson vs Yan Bingtao Snooker Betting Tip Robertson -3.5 handicap – 12th January 2021

Robertson to cruise through against Bingtao at the Masters

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AustraliaNeil Robertson vs Yan BingtaoChina
12th January 1300hrs
Rugby – England – Masters
Pick Roberston -3.5 handicap
Bookmaker Coral
Odds: 6/4 odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January

The first round of the Masters Snooker continues on Tuesday with one of the front runners, Neil Roberston stepping into action.

He is the red hot favourite to claim the victory in this opening round match.

The Australian takes on China’s Yan Bingtao for a place in the quarter finals where Mark Selby or Stephen Maguire awaits.

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Neil Robertson Preview – Robertson expected to power through

Former Masters champion Neil Roberston is the 2/9 favourite to win this fixture* (odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January).

Robertson does bring some current into proceeding here after claiming the UK Championship title in early December.

The one Masters title that Robertson claimed was in 2012.

He has been past the first round in all but one of his last eight Masters appearances, reaching the final twice since claiming that title.

This does appear to be a fairly comfortable opening fixture for Robertson as this year’s Masters.

For a bit of extended value, a Robertson 6-2 correct score option is at 4/1* (odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January).

This will be just the third meeting between the two players.

Our betting prediction:
Both teams to score

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(odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January)


The head to head is one win each from those two previous meetings.

Robertson won the first clash at the 2015 Champion of Champions tournament.

The most recent meeting happened in the 2019 UK Championship when Bingtao powered to a big win.

Given that Robertson has been to two ranking tournament finals this season along with reaching the final of the Champion of Champions event in November, he looks a strong snooker betting option.


Yan Bingtao Preview – Can Bingtao pull off an upset?

China’s Yan Bingtao only has five seasons of professional snooker behind him.

But he has done enough to earn his spot at the Masters for the first time.

So this is a big occasion for him and Yan Bingato is the current 10/3 underdog to collect the match win* (odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January).

It would be quite a sizable upset, but then last year’s Masters was full of shock first-round results.

The best efforts that Bingtao has come up with in the big ranking events of the season was quarter final berths.

He got to the final eight in both the European Masters and the Northern Ireland Open.

In his last three ranking events though the Chinaman has gone out in the second round each time.

So he’s not expected to turn up here in Milton Keynes and be a particularly big threat in the Masters field.

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A Yan Bingtao +1.5 handicap is at 2/1 for Masters snooker betting* (odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January).

We think that he will do well to get anywhere near Robertson on the day, at least that is what it looks like on paper.

But then if he needed any confidence he could look back to that UK Championship win over Roberston in 2019 which was emphatic.


Neil Robertson vs Yan Bingtao Betting Advice

We only see this going one way and that is a win for Neil Roberston and a comfortable one at that.

With that in mind, a Robertson -3.5 handicap is at 6/4* (odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January).

He has been one of the top-performing players on the snooker circuit in the last eighteen months or so.


Key Facts – Neil Robertson vs Yan Bingtao Betting Tip

  • Neil Robertson is W1 L1 in the head to head with Bingto
  • Neil Robertson won the UK Championship in December
  • Yan Bingtao makes his Masters debut


Roberston also has a good record of getting past the first round of the Masters, only failing to have done so three times in his career.

Yan Bingtao got that fantastic win over Roberston the last time they met, but we think that was a big anomaly.

The Roberston 6-2 correct score option has plenty of appeal in Masters snooker betting at 4/1* (odds taken 19:34 GMT Monday, 11th January).


The best betting odds for Neil Robertson vs Yan Bingtao

Neil Robertson to win: 2/9 at Bet365
Yan Bingtao to win: 10/3 at Bet365