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Masters final preview: Can Mark Williams roll back the years against Judd Trump?

The top 16 snooker players in the world set out to capture the Masters crown and now just Mark Williams and Judd Trump remain to battle it out for the title.

Trump is an 8/11 chance to pick up his second Masters title, while Williams, who is happy to play the underdog, is an 11/10 shot in the To Win Match market.

WhatJudd Trump v Mark Williams
WhereAlexandra Palace, London, England
When13:00, Sunday 15th January
How to watchBBC, Eurosport and bet365's Sports Live Streaming
OddsJudd Trump 8/11, Mark Williams 11/10

Williams on the march

Williams had not reached the Masters final since he won this event in 2003 but has rolled back the years with a series of impressive performances to secure his spot in the final two.

The Welsh Potting Machine began with a 6-2 victory over David Gilbert before he overcame long-time rival Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 in the quarter-finals.

Williams was 3-0 down against the Rocket but managed to claw his way back into the encounter and secure his first win over O'Sullivan, the most decorated player in Masters history, in eight years.

Following that, the 47-year-old secured his spot in the final with a whitewash victory over Jack Lisowksi, beating him 6-0 in Saturday's semi-final.

Now Williams is into his fourth Masters final, and his first in 20 years. He has won the title twice before, in 2000 and 2003.

Trump shows grit to reach second final

Trump is undoubtedly one of the most talented snooker players around but almost fell at both the first and second hurdles in this year's Masters.

The Juddernaut struggled throughout his clash with Ryan Day in the opening round before coming back from 5-3 down to win 6-5 after capitalising on several errors from his opponent.

Trump then followed that up with another scrappy affair against Barry Hawkins, which also went to a decider but the Bristolian again came out on top.

The 33-year-old was not at his best in the semi-final either but managed to secure a comfortable 6-1 win over Stuart Bingham to reach the final.

Trump has managed to reach this point by showing grit and determination to win scrappy frames and come from behind and he may need to do so again if he is to beat the in-form Williams.

This is just the second Masters final for the 2019 world champion, who took the title in that same campaign, and has fallen at the semi-final stage on four occasions.

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Rematch of World Championship thriller

The last time this pair met it was a match to remember as Judd Trump edged a World Championship semi-final that went down as an instant classic.

Trump eventually won the mammoth clash 17-16 before losing out to O'Sullivan in the final.

Williams fought back from 9-2 and 11-4 down to take the lead at 16-15 in that game until Trump rallied late on to regain the lead in the final frame and secure his progression.

The match was indicative of the fighting spirit and natural ability that this pair both possess so this looks set to be a match to savour.

Protracted battle looks likely

Given the close nature of their meeting last year, it makes sense that the prices indicate another long battle looks to be in store.

Over 16.5 frames in the Total Frames 2-way is an 8/11 shot in this best of 19 final while it is 1/1 money for the match to be finished in less than 16 frames.

While neither player made a century break in their semi-final wins, the fact that their opponents won just one frame between them gave them less opportunities to rack up a big score.

The pair are some of the best break builders around and it is no shock to see the 10/11 about there being four or more centuries in this final given the outstanding quality on show.

However, both men have shown their battling qualities throughout the tournament and they could be arguably as important as their high-scoring in what is set to be a competitive clash.

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