2020 Dafabet Masters – John Higgins vs Barry Hawkins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is John Higgins vs Barry Hawkins taking place? Alexandra Palace, London

When is John Higgins vs Barry Hawkins taking place and what time does it start? Tuesday 14th January, 2020 – 19:00 (UK)

What channel is John Higgins vs Barry Hawkins on? BBC Red Button

Where can I stream John Higgins vs Barry Hawkins? BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

Where can I get tickets for John Higgins vs Barry Hawkins? Tickets for the 2020 Dafabet Masters can be purchased here

THE LOWDOWN

JOHN HIGGINS

  • John Higgins is yet to make the final of a ranking event this season but will have high hopes of rectifying that at Alexandra Palace.
  • Higgins is a two-time former winner of this event but the Scot's last win was back in 2006 although he was a semi-finalist in 2018.
  • With just 17 centuries to his name this season, Higgins will have to improve his scoring to have a deep run in this tournament.

BARRY HAWKINS

  • Barry Hawkins was whitewashed in the first round of the Scottish Open and will need a much-improved performance in this tournament
  • Hawkins sits on eight wins in career matchups against Higgins but a victory here would bring their all-time record to nine wins apiece.
  • 2016 was Hawkins' best effort in a Masters having made the final but he has only managed to win once over the last two renewals of this event.

THE PREDICTION

Barry Hawkins will hope his recent performance at the Scottish Open was just a blip as he bids to overcome John Higgins in the first round of the Masters. Hawkins never got going in that 4-0 loss to John Astley and with Higgins coming into this in better form, the Scot is likely to claim the win.

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