Shanghai Masters Quarter Finals Preview and Snooker Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:24 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019 1:24 PM UTC

Shaun Murphy expected to continue his good form in the quarter-finals
<div><h2><strong>Jack Lisowski v Shaun Murphy </strong></h2><h2><strong style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:15px">Thursday 12<sup>th</sup> September, 07:00</strong><br /><strong style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:15px">Head to Head: 0-4</strong><br /><strong style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:15px">Betting Odds: Jack Lisowski – 2.10 (11/10) v Shaun Murphy – 1.80 (4/5)</strong></h2><h2><strong>Player Analysis</strong></h2><p>Jack Lisowski is starting to look at home as an elite top 16 player in the World Snooker rankings. An impressive win over triple world champion Mark Selby in his round of 16 match that included two century breaks was vindication of that fact. There has never been any doubt about the Cheltenham player's natural ability, but it has taken him a long time to harness the talent into results. Having turned professional in 2010 it was last season he started to justify that promise reaching two world ranking finals at the Riga Masters and China Open. The effortless way he plays reminds me of Jimmy White in the late 80s and early 90s, both left handers and sublime strikers of the cue ball. If that is not enough plaudit, he also has traits of Ronnie O'Sullivan in his cue action which looks remarkably similar. The upside of that high-level functioning talent when in stroke, is he can be a frightening opponent taking control of the match, racking up frames in quick succession. The downside is at times he can appear lacklustre and more vulnerable than most.</p><p>Shaun Murphy will be mighty relieved to come through his round of 16 match versus Mark Williams. He began the match in frame 1 with a sublime total clearance of 136 which is the Highest Break of the tournament so far and backed that up in frame 4 with another century break of 123 to lead 3-1. After the interval the match had a different pace as the three-time World Champion Mark Williams started to use his tactical acumen and match playing skills to turn the momentum around. The turnaround was so extreme Williams found himself 5-4 in front and with a break of 57 leading the frame 57-0, only for Murphy to find his earlier form at the correct juncture with a superb 70 clearance to snatch the frame. He then carried on that form making a 56 break at his first visit in the deciding frame to snatch a victory from the ‘Jaws of Defeat’. After reaching the final of the China Open in August that result is another step in the right direction in rebuilding his growing confidence after a dreadful 2018/2019 season.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>Verdict</strong></h2><p>We have a mouth-watering clash between two of the sport's most entertaining and attacking players. Shaun Murphy holds a dominant head to head record but that is a small sample and Lisowski has improved significantly in the previous two seasons. At the prices though it is difficult to make a case for Lisowski because if the match is high quality affair as I anticipate there is no guarantee for either. The clinching ingredient for a bet, however, is Murphy's vast experience should the match become a nervy scrappy affair.</p><p>I think there is good chance both players play well in this match but as I mentioned earlier this is an important high-profile match for both players and there is always a chance it becomes rather nervy. Therefore, the over 50 break market for Murphy rather than the century market at Paddy Power makes appeal.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Shaun Murphy to beat Jack Lisowski @ 1.80 (4/5) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Shaun Murphy 50+ breaks – Over 3.5 @ 2.10 (11/10) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p></div>
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