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31st January 2012, 1:25pm

German Masters Betting: Matthew Stevens can come through a nice part of the draw to land German title

German Masters Betting: Matthew Stevens can come through a nice part of the draw to land German title


Hot off the heels of a fantastic weekend of snooker at the Snooker Shootout, the top names in the game head over to Berlin this week for the German Masters, a ranking event which will go a long way to deciding seedings for the World Championship later in the year. In total 39 players will be going for glory in this event with Judd Trump the 7/1 favourite with Bet365.

This is a tournament which although is a full ranking event it isn’t a major tournament like the UK Championship or World Championship and therefore can be slightly lower down the agenda’s of the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and a couple of the other big names. For those slightly below the higher echelons of the game this is a chance to make it far in a tournament which carries good ranking points.

The venue has a unique five table layout but there is no dividing partitions between any of the tables so players can see the other matches going on, as can the crowd. That is rare and another quirk of this tournament. With many players in good form at the minute and the amount of snooker making the competition strong it’s hard to find a portion of the draw to target outright but one quarter which might be a touch weaker than the rest is the second quarter.

Neil Robertson will be expected to come through this section of the draw after the way he won the Masters a couple of weeks ago. However he pulled out of the recent Shootout with a chest infection so whether flights and all that will help his recovery remains to be seen. Ronnie O’Sullivan is also in this section but he never seems to go well overseas these days and I’ll pass him over despite my belief that he will win a tournament this season. Ali Carter is the other seed in this quarter but his form is shocking this season.

That leaves the one remaining seed of Matthew Stevens who I think could be nicely priced to have a decent tournament this week. Stevens is back in the top 16 now and wants to consolidate his position in there. His form in ranking tournaments this year has seen him make the quarter finals in Shanghai and generally he goes ok overseas and with this draw I think he’s a good price to go well this week.

Back M.Stevens to win German Masters (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 41.00 with Paddy Power (1/2 1-2)

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