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Resurgent Mark Williams should continue his Masters progress

Mark Allen can keep tabs on the Rocket

Mark Allen was an impressive winner against Luca Brecel in the first round
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R O’Sullivan v M Allen
BBC2 & Eurosport 2, 1pm Thursday
Ronnie O'Sullivan looked in a class of his own when demolishing Marco Fu 6-0 in the opening round of the Masters but he could face stiffer resistance from Mark Allen.

It seems folly to oppose the Rocket given just how dominant the Chigwell potter was against Hong Kong man Fu, but Allen is not the type of cueman to be intimidated by O’Sullivan, and the evens about the Pistol getting a 2.5-frame start looks to be going a bit too far.

Allen was impressive himself in the first round when brushing aside the fast-improving Luca Brecel and the Antrim ace’s scoring power was there for all to see.

He hit knocks of 72, 86, 120 and 135 against the Belgian Bullet and should this contest develop into a test of scoring punters can expect Allen to at least hold his own.

Recommendation
M Allen +2.5 frames
1pt Evs Betfair, Paddy Power

K Wilson v M Williams
BBCi & Eurosport 2, 7pm Thursday
World number one Mark Selby was no match for Mark Williams in the first round and it’s unlikely that Kyren Wilson will stop the Welshman’s progress.

Williams has returned to form in some style this season, and the Welsh potting machine claimed his first ranking title since 2011 when landing the Northern Ireland Open in November.

He puts his improved performances down to a new cueing technique and whatever has changed certainly seems to have ignited the Welshman’s scoring power.

Williams made breaks of 58, 81, 89 and 135 against Selby, showing that he can again compete in the break-building department.

Wilson enjoyed a couple of fortunate moments against Barry Hawkins in the first round but could see his luck run out.

Recommendation
M Williams
2pts 4-6 BoyleSports


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It seems folly to oppose the Rocket given just how dominant he was against Fu, but Allen is not the type of cueman to be intimidated by O’Sullivan
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