16 top snooker players will compete in the first snooker event of the year, in the 2021 Masters which will take place between the 10-17 January in Milton Keynes. We can find all the big names in the favorites in the 2021 Masters betting predictions. Like Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson while defending champion Stuart Bingham has less chances now.
The Masters is a non-ranking event but it is still an important event of the snooker season. It was held first in 1975 while it is also the second of the three Triple Crown events. In the invitational tournament the top 16 players take part, with two players, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Yan Bingtao making their debuts this year. The 2021 Masters will be held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes instead of the original location, the Alexandra Palace in London. Players still need to play behind closed doors, but the £750,000 prize fund is worth fighting for. Last year Stuart Bingham won the tournament defeating Ali Carter in the final following the slips of the favorites. Let’s see what are the odds for this year’s event.
2021 Masters betting predictions predict Trump to get the trophy
Judd Trump finished last year on a high note after winning the World Grand Prix in December. Before this victory he also won the English and Northern Ireland Open and reached the final two more occasions in the 2020-21 season. Now the world No1 can continue his winning streak in the same location at the 2021 Masters. Online sportsbooks in the UK favor him to win the event with the odds of 3.30. Even though last year he was knocked out in the first round last season by Shaun Murphy. This year Trump will start against David Gilbert and has the odds of 1.20 to win the tie.
One of his biggest rivals, Ronnie O’Sullivan didn’t play last year in the tournament but he has won it the most times, on seven occasions. In the last few tournaments he didn’t play on top level and couldn’t win any tournament in the new season. Even though he was close to it twice, but lost against Trump and Selby eventually. Now his odds are 5.00 to start the year with a victory according to the 2021 Masters betting predictions.
Robertson and Selby are also in the favorites
Online gambling sites in the UK offer the same odds for the victory of Neil Robertson who is currently second in the world ranking. The Australian won the Masters in 2012 but was out in the first round last year. Now the winner of the UK Championship can improve on his record against Chinese player Yan Bingtao. Mark Selby is also mentioned in the favorites with the odds of 7.00. He also lost the first game in 2020 against future finalist Ali Carter. Now he will start against Stephen Maguire and should get through to the next round easily.
While other former winners Mark Allen and Stuart Bingham have less chance of winning this time. Allen managed to win the previous non-ranking event, the Champion of Champions tournament but he will face a tough first opponent in John Higgins. Bingham won the event last year after all top contestants were out early, but getting another victory here would be a surprise from the world No12. His odds to do so is 23.00 on bet365.