Who will win the Masters Snooker 2020?

Can Trump defend his Masters title?

Joe Perry /England ©imago images / VCG 13.01.2020

The Masters, one of the most prestigious snooker tournaments around, received its annual renewal on January 12th, 2020. The Masters, despite not being a ranking tournament is held in high honour and is the middle leg of the Triple Crown of snooker (UK Champions and World Championship).

Masters Snooker 2020 Winner Odds*

Judd Trump 15/8
Neil Robertson 9/2
John Higgins 9/1
Mark Allen 11/1
Kyren Wilson 16/1
Alli Carter 16/1
Shaun Murphy 18/1
Mark Williams 18/1
Barry Hawkins 18/1
Stuart Bingham 2/1
Jack Lisowski 28/1
Joe Perry 25/1
Stephen Maguire 40/1
* (betting odds taken from Boylesports

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Can Judd Trump defend his crown

England’s Judd Trump had one of the biggest moments of his career twelve months ago. He thrashed Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 in the Masters Final. It was a really tough run that Trump had had to get his hands on the title, beating Kyren Wilson, former Masters champions Mark Selby and Neil Robertson along the way.

Kyren Wilson Outright
16/1

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Trump started this new season in some style, winning three of the first five ranking events (International Championship, World Open and Northern Ireland Open).

However, a shocker of an early exit at the UK Championship to Nigel Bond and then a tame quarter-final bow at the Scottish Open against David Gilbert, saw a significant drop off in performance levels from Trump. One trend is that ahead of last year’s Masters success, he has won the Northern Ireland Open, which he did this year.

Neil Robertson

The Australian should be a strong contender. He was back on his game big time during 2019 collecting three titles. In picking up the Champion of Champions title in November last year, it did see a return to form from Robertson.

However, that has been a highlight in a really lacklustre season from him. Aside from that Champion of Champions crown in Coventry, Robertson has not been past the fourth round in any ranking event since.

But then no other player has made more Masters Finals since it moved to the Alexandra Palace than Robertson, aside from Ronnie O’Sullivan. Robertson was a losing semi-finalist last year, bowing out against eventual winner Judd Trump.

Mark Allen

Sixth Seed Mark Allen has been knocking on the door of titles this season. He is a former Masters winners as well, having claimed the title in 2018. He bombed in the first round of his title defence last season, however. But this season, he has recorded six semi-finals in total across nine ranking and non-ranking events played.

Allen reached the final four of the UK Championship and the Scottish Open in his last two ranking appearances. He’s knocking on the door without question and although there could be an early clash with Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals, if he gets past that, the bottom half of the draw is there for the taking.

The Dark Horses

The Masters is a tournament where players like to get on the front foot. So it’s worth sizing up players like Kyren Wilson as 2020 Masters Snooker betting options. He has so much potential in his arsenal and although he is still waiting for that big breakthrough of a major title, and he did reach the 2018 Masters Finals. He got a bum draw in facing Trump in the first round of last season’s campaign.

Young attacking players Jack Lisowski and David Gilbert have to fit the bill of dark horses as well. Lisowski had his first crack at the Masters 12 months ago and made an early exit. But he’s an exciting talent and can scrap things out.

Gilbert is at the Alexandra Palace courtesy of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s withdrawal. The interesting thing is that Lisowski and Gilbert face each other in the first round, so one of the dark horses will be in the final eight.

Masters Snooker 2020 Predictions

The form player of the 2019/20 season is Mark Selby without question. But his shock first-round exit against Ali Carter, coupled with Ding Juhui’s crash against Joe Perry has blown the top half of the draw wide open.

Who does that favour the most?

Judd Trump if he can hold his nerve and he is the 2/1 favourite and has to be top of the Masters 2020 snooker betting tips. He has been well below par recently, but shouldn’t need any motivation to get back into the groove with a title defence at stake.

The other pick, again going with form would have to be former winner Mark Allen as an 11/1 option. He’s proven he can go deep in tournaments this season and with this being a small bracket, he could show up.

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