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Mark Williams v Ronnie O'Sullivan: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Mark Williams produced a magnificent 10-5 semi-final victory over Mark Allen to set up a Tour Championship final against Ronnie O'Sullivan. 

It's a clash between two of snooker's leading lights and the first time the pair have played a ranking event final since 2000. 

Mark Williams v Ronnie O'Sullivan

Mark Williams v Ronnie O'Sullivan betting tips and predictions

Over 16.5 frames - 10/11

O'Sullivan is looking to land a sixth major title of the season when he tackles Williams in the final of the Tour Championship and the Rocket is 1/3 to add to this term's trophy haul. 

The Chigwell cueman has already collected the UK Championship, World Grand Prix, Masters, Shanghai Masters and World Masters crowns and the betting expects him to pick up the honours in Manchester on Sunday evening. 

O'Sullivan kept his cool to down a spirited Gary Wilson 10-7 in the semi-final and prior to that, the seven-time world champion hammered Ali Carter 10-2 at the quarter-final stage. 

The Rocket has been selective in the events he has competed in this term, but when the 48-year-old has arrived at the table, he has generally performed at an extremely high level. 

O'Sullivan is certainly the correct favourtie, but the final betting is intriguing. 

Williams was sent off an 10/3 chance to beat Judd Trump in their last eight clash, and judging by the tournament outright prices throughout this season, the Rocket is rated slightly superior to the Ace by the market.

It's interesting that Williams is considerably shorter, at 12/5 to beat O'Sullivan in the final, than he was to get the better of Trump, even with the Rocket priced above his rival in the pre-tournament market. 

You could make a case to say that O'Sullivan is too big a price to win the final on that basis and handicap markets etc, would hold some betting interest, but Williams' chances have been continually reconsidered as he has progressed in Manchester. 

The Welsh Potting Machine beat Tom Ford 10-9 in the first round, before going on to dominate the in-form Trump 10-4 in the quarter-finals. 

That was a seriously impressive scoreline against one of snooker's elite performers, but the three-time world champion may have been even more magnificent when getting the better of Allen 10-5 in the semis. 

Williams raced into an 8-0 lead after whitewashing the Pistol in the opening session of their last four clash and it's worth remembering that the Antrim Ace has won six major titles in the last two seasons. 

The Cwm cueman dismissed the challenge of a serial winner with ease, making breaks of 99, 105, 122 and 140 in that dominant semi-final victory. 

That level of performance would make the Welshman extremely difficult to beat in the final and there doesn't seem to be many reasons to think that the 49-year-old can't get somewhere near that peak in the final. 

At 10/11, it's worth backing the best-of-19-frame Manchester Central showdown to last at least 17 racks. 

Over 3.5 match centuries - 4/6 

It seems likely that the final between Williams and O'Sullivan could develop into a protracted battle between two of snooker's best ever performers, and lots of frames, should mean plenty of big breaks. 

Williams hit three century knocks, including a magnificent 140 against Allen in the semi-finals, suggesting that the break-building touch is very much present in the Welshman's game. 

O'Sullivan knocked in runs of 102, 110 and 129 in his last-four clash with Wilson and the break-building talents of the seven-time world champion need no introduction. 

There are 10 Crucible titles shared between Williams and O'Sullivan and the pair have collectively tallied 71 ranking crowns during their in long-standing and glittering careers. 

Of course, there's the Tour Championship prize at stake, in a major televised final, but this isn't Williams' or O'Sullivan's first rodeo.

There's also no pressure on the duo to collect ranking points or win their first major title and that should allow the final to be played with freedom and the centuries to flow. 

It's 4/6 that there are four or more centuries in Sunday's two-session Manchester Central showdown and that looks worth a punt. 

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Mark Williams v Ronnie O'Sullivan odds

Mark Williams - 12/5
Ronnie O'Sullivan -
1/3

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