November 3, 2016

The Chinese Masters Final Stages

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:57 pm

Perhaps not the four names that everyone expected to be contesting the semi-finals of this lucrative event but a field nevertheless of proven winners who will be contesting the best of 17 on the two tables on Friday.

The bookies make Shaun Murphy the marginal favourite but he is up against the man who pipped him to the World Title two years ago Stuart Bingham who is now back to his best after a season arguably anchored down as World Champion and one that he struggled to cope with on the table at least. Murphy beat Marco Fu who struggled and had an enormous watch on and I feel that Shaun needs to up it a notch given the form his opponent is in.

Mark Allen came through a great match with Mark Selby and finally ended The Jester’s fine winning run, but not without a nearly incredible comeback from the World Champion that would have had his fans in raptures had he pulled it off, Allen in the end, after a superb performance early in the match, somewhat stumbling over the winning line, a very relieved man.

Allen now faces John Higgins who was solid in beating Ali Carter, who was far from his best it has to be said. That one to me is very hard to call but given that Allen has had a scare and must have the wind in his sails I’d say he’ll marginally pinch it.

So if Marco Fu put a giant watch to my head just before the alarm was about to go off and deafen me I’d plump for Bingham and Allen to win, but not by much, might be worth looking at the handicaps on these from a betting point of view as I can’t see the Allen/Higgins match being won by any more than two frames, possibly the same for the other one. 

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