2020 Dafabet Masters – Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter taking place? Alexandra Palace, London

When is Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter taking place and what time does it start? Saturday 18th January, 2020 – 13:00 (UK)

What channel is Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter on? BBC One

Where can I stream Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter? BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Shaun Murphy vs Ali Carter? Tickets for the 2020 Dafabet Masters can be purchased here

THE LOWDOWN

SHAUN MURPHY

  • Shaun Murphy looked comfortable throughout as he won his quarter-final clash with Joe Perry and will have his sights set on progressing into what would be his third Masters final.
  • Having suffered three first-round losses in his last four appearances at the Masters as well as making the quarter-finals in the other appearance, this represents Murphy’s most successful Masters since 2015 when he won the event.
  • Murphy meets Ali Carter for the first time since the 2018 Masters and will hope for a similar outcome after winning that first-round contest 6-4.

ALI CARTER

  • Ali Carter produced a strong display as he overcame John Higgins in their quarter-final contest at the Masters with the Englishman managing to edge the tighter frames.
  • In his previous 11 Masters appearances, Carter had only ever made it to the quarter-finals twice but at the 12th time of asking, he has progressed to the last four of the competition.
  • Carter has faced Shaun Murphy on 32 occasions throughout his career and has had the better of his compatriot having won 18 matches with two others ending in a draw.

THE PREDICTION

Shaun Murphy was impressive in his win over Joe Perry and did not give his opponent much of a sniff other than on the back of a few errors that he made. If he can eradicate those errors, Murphy will have every chance of making his first Masters final since 2015 and he should be able to do just that.

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