German Masters Qualifying Round: Snooker Predictions & Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 4:54 PM UTC

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the German Masters qualifying round for
<div><h2>Mark Allen v Kurt Maflin</h2><p><strong>Saturday 21st December, 19:00 at Barnsley Metrodome</strong></p><p><strong>Head to Head: Mark Allen 1-0 Kurt Maflin</strong><br /><strong>Betting Odds: Mark Allen 1.30 (1/3), Kurt Maflin 4.00 (3/1)</strong></p><p>Only two weeks’ previous these two players contested a high-quality round of 16 at the UK Championship that Mark Allen won 6-5 having trailed 1-3 at the mid-session interval. This has to be the pick of the qualifying round matches with two in form players crossing swords at the last 128 stage.</p><p>Northern Irishman, Mark Allen has been a model of consistency in the current season with a phenomenal six semi-final appearances in the nine tournaments he has entered illustrating why his profile is amongst the very best in World Snooker and a constant fixture in the top 8 of the world rankings. It is not difficult to imagine that Allen must be frustrated by the constant deep runs not being converted into tournament victories however last week's semi-final at the Scottish Open (Jack Lisowski) and the UK Championship semi-final (Stephen Maguire), the week previous he encountered opponents who both admitted to playing their best ever matches. It is also accurate to state that Allen was not at his brilliant best in either match but his superb matchplay almost allowed him to beat Lisowski. Patience is a requisite quality for a snooker professional and previously Allen has proved himself a winner on seven occasions with the 2018 Masters victory the highlight.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><p>Since reaching the quarter final at the Welsh Open at the start of 2019 the Norweigen, Kurt Maflin has become one of the most improved and consistent players on tour. Originally born in Southwark, London but based in Norway since 2004 he now represents Norway in the snooker World Cup. This current season he started by reaching the semi-final of the Riga Masters followed by another quarter-final at the China Championship. Respected by his peers for many years, Maflin is now starting to show the form many knew he was capable of with his impressive potting and break building (won highest break scorer 20 from 27 matches this season) that statistically is that of a player who could be higher ranked.</p><p>Two weeks ago, when these two met at the UK Championship, Mark Allen considered himself lucky to beat his good friend Maflin. During the eleventh and deciding frame Maflin held a vice like grip until missing a crunch brown into the centre pocket to let Allen in for a clearance to win on the final black. That was a match of the highest quality that contained three century breaks, two of which were for Maflin. Similarly, we can expect the same again this week with potential for Maflin to get revenge. The reason Maflin is a danger to Allen is not only his own good form but potential fatigue for his opponent due to his consistency during the first half of the 2019/2020 season. Mark Allen has needed to win many long matches in recent weeks, in actual fact he needed three 6-5 wins at the UK Championship. In those recent matches Allen's high-quality break building has declined slightly which is to be expected with tiredness while his savvy match playing skills have allowed him to still win a high volume of them. Kurt Maflin for the Highest break scorer, a market he has won twenty times in twenty-seven matches this season looks the bet.</p><p><strong>Recommended Bets: Kurt Maflin – Highest break scorer @ 2.63 (13/8) <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a></strong></p></div>
comment here