The two most exciting snooker players in the world meet for a place in the semi-final, with the bookmakers finding it hard to call which player will win the game. The Rocket beat reigning champion Ding Junhui in the last sixteen and he is a best price 4/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim another victory.
O’Sullivan seems to be in great form ahead of the World Championships in April, although he will have to take his chances against an in-form Judd Trump who always held Stuart Bingham at arm’s length during a 6-3 win in the first round.
The Bristolian is 11/10 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to beat his one-time idol and is probably the value bet based on the fact he can meet fire with fire when it comes to playing O’Sullivan.
John Higgins will be heavy favourite for his quarter final match whether the Scot will be up against Ali Carter or Graeme Dott, with the two players battling it out on Wednesday night in a best of 11 frame contest.
Higgins will have had more time to prepare than his opponent and another victory will set him up for a match against Mark Selby or Shaun Murphy in the semi-final.
Selby was made to work hard for his 6-4 win over Stephen Lee in the first round of the 2012 Masters and the Leicester player was guilty of some sloppy errors to let his compatriot back into the game.
He won’t be allowed to make the same mistakes against the 2007 champion although he is the 8/13 favourite with the bookies to book his place in the last four. Murphy was too good for Martin Gould in his opening match and can be backed at 6/4 to claim victory in this one.
The final quarter final match sees Neil Robertson meet Mark Williams and we should expect another evenly-matched contest between the Aussie and the Welshman. It might surprise some to find that the latter is available at 11/10 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets)
Williams fought hard to beat Stephen Maguire in the first round by a 6-4 scoreline, while Robertson was pretty clinical when beating Mark Allen.