Roy The Boy Blog and he thinks Ronnie O'Sullivan is once again the man to beat in The Masters.
Ronnie to kick off 2019 in style and Rea to end it in triple odds glory?
Ronnie to win another crown?
Snooker’s ‘Masters’, sponsored by Dafabet, starts on January 19th. Restricted to the top-16 players in the world rankings, it’s a cracking competition. But, remarkably, there has only been one back-to-back winner of this event since Paul Hunter claimed the title in 2001and 2002. That was Ronnie O’Sullivan who landed The Masters in 2016 and 2017.
The ‘Rocket’, who also won this tournament in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 20014, is top-priced 13/5 to claim the title in 2019 and he is one of just three players priced at 10/1 or shorter. Mark Selby is 6/1and Judd Trump, 8’s.
43-year-old O’Sullivan, who is set to meet Stuart Bingham in the opening round, looks like value. Conversely Judd Trump seems way too short in the betting given his poor record in this tournament which has seen him exit at the first hurdle three times in the past five years and never reach the final.
Selby is also unattractive. He arrives at London’s Alexandra Palace, home of the Masters, in inconsistent form. He’s been eliminated in the opening round of two of the last three competitions he has played (defeated by James Cahill 6-3 and Neil Robertson 4-3). He’s not alone, Luca Brecel, Ryan Day, Stuart Bingham, Barry Hawkins, Stephen Maguire, Mark Williams and John Higgins have all been very disappointing in recent competitions.
Still loving Rea
Quick off the mark, Paddy Power have already opened their market on Sports Personality of the Year 2019 and Jonathan Rea does no feature in the betting. We must presume a POA (price on application) will give us 150/1+ (as their top-price amongst quoted athletes is 125/1).
Why should he win in 2019 when he was not nominated in 2018? A) Because he should have been nominated by the judging panel in 2018, B) Because he came second in 2017 beaten by less than 3,000 votes C) Because the world Superbikes champion 2019 CV will be all the more impressive and he should be nominated. Three big ‘becauses’ combine to make any 150/1 you can get a great bet to nothing.
Ronnie O’Sullivan to win The Masters 13/5 Unibet
Jonathan Rea to win SPOTY 2019 150/1? Powers