2019 Dafabet Masters – Ryan Day vs Ronnie O’Sullivan Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ryan Day taking place? Alexandra Palace, London

When is Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ryan Day and what time does it start? Thursday 17th January – 13:00 (UK)

What channel is Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ryan Day on? BBC Two

Where can I stream Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ryan Day? BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ryan Day? http://www.worldsnooker.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/2019-Dafabet-Masters-Ticket-Information-V2.pdf

THE LOWDOWN

RONNIE O’SULLIVAN

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the quarter-finals courtesy of a 6-2 win over Stuart Bingham on Monday and looks in ominous form as he seeks a record eighth Masters title.
  • The Rocket stated in the aftermath of that match that he felt tired and he was typically critical of his own performance but he knocked in two centuries to take his career tally to 988 as he closes in on the landmark of 1000 tons.
  • O'Sullivan leads Day 5-2 in terms of career meetings although they have only faced each other once in the last eight years.

RYAN DAY

  • Day came through a final-frame decider to beat two-time champion John Higgins in the first round to reach the quarter-finals stage at the Masters for the third time in his career.
  • The Welshman's previous two appearances in the last eight have resulted in 6-1 defeats - to Stephen Maguire in 2010 and John Higgins in 2018 - so he will be looking to at least improve on that record.
  • Day is enjoying his most consistent season for some time having reached four quarter-finals on tour and will feel this is as good a chance as any to claim the scalp of O'Sullivan.

THE PREDICTION

Day - a winner of three events last season - should not be underestimated here, especially after his confidence-boosting final-frame victory over John Higgins in the first round. However, it has to be said that he benefited from a below-par performance from his opponent and the Welshman's general level of play was inferior to that of O'Sullivan's in his own first round match. The Rocket has a superb record at The Masters and is the favourite for the title, so we should see him book a spot in the semi-finals at the expense of the Welshman.