Masters Snooker Daily Tips: Selby set for yet another long match
Paul Krishnamurty previews Wednesday's matches, involving Judd Trump and three-time champion Mark Selby...
"Wilson looks like the next Selby - a superb match player with exactly the right attitude. He's a third of last year's odds when reaching the final here and rightly so."
Back Kyren Wilson at [2.3] v Trump
The quarter-final line up will be completed on Wednesday with the match many billed as the pick of the first round, while three-time champion Mark Selby starts his bid for a ninth major title.
Trump v Wilson is the next great rivalry
The emerging rivalry between Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson became a talking point after their Champion of Champions clash. After beating him for the fourth straight time, Wilson questioned whether his opponent wanted it as much. For his part, Trump keeps stressing how much more he's achieved in the game.
Personally, I've long been in Kyren's camp. Trump may have more natural ability and be more devastating at his best, but he hasn't improved in the eight years since he lost the world final.
Wilson's game is perfect for majors
Wilson looks like the next Selby - a superb match player with exactly the right attitude. He's a third of last year's odds when reaching the final here and rightly so. Since stunning Trump by overturning a 2-5 deficit in the semi, he's won 16 out of 21 frames between the pair.
For what its worth, Trump has since won two Championship League encounters. I don't regard that as a serious competition but they must offer a confidence boost. So too must his Northern Ireland Open win and generally excellent recent form.
In truth, Trump's recent improvement (he's looked better than for at least a couple of years) is prompting second thoughts. They are going to be closely matched for years and will likely beat one another in turns. Backing Wilson at odds of [2.3] every time will, in my view, yield a profit.
Selby overdue another good Masters run
What are we to make of Mark Selby? His lead in the world rankings are slipping after a couple of disappointing seasons. Although winning three prestigious titles during that period, the Jester from Leicester has lost or laboured to beat a long list of vastly inferior opponents.
Perhaps that is just an inevitable blip after a particularly prolific run in majors. Selby absolutely thrives in the one-table format and pressure situations of a Masters and remains the one to beat in this bottom half of the draw.
He must be fancied to beat Stephen Maguire, who has been suffering from sciatica and rarely at his best this term (although he had his moments en route to the UK quarter-finals). I doubt it will be one-sided, though.
Selby leads their head-to-head 9-6, by 73 frames to 63 - which reads pretty well for Maguire, who has nearly always been the inferior player and big outsider. Among 23 best-of-11 matches involving Selby at the Masters, 15 finished 6-4 or closer. I'm happy to take 6/5 this one does too.
Back Kyren Wilson 4u @ [2.3]