Friday, January 9, 2009

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At this time of year when it's a bit cold, miserable and dark the Masters snooker is exactly what people want to watch.

There is nothing better than engrossing yourself in some of the mouth-watering matches we have in prospect.

We are always guaranteed really good matches at Wembley as the invitational field is made up of the world's top 16 players, plus one qualifier and a wild card.

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Joe Perry is on the first day and that's a great way to get the tournament up and running.

They have had some intriguing battles this year and Perry enjoyed a notable scalp by coming from behind to beat Ronnie at the UK Championship in December.

O'Sullivan is the favourite as always, but it's fascinating to see how he feels about any given tournament and we never find that out until he turns up on the day.

He has played his part in some of this event's most iconic matches over the years. He is an integral part of the history of this tournament and will be the man to beat.

But watch out for Shaun Murphy, who I think is going to be dangerous. He really seems to have the bit between his teeth, he's refocused his life a bit and he'll have a huge amount of confidence following his UK Championship win.

One enticing second-round match is Peter Ebdon v Ali Carter.

The two of them have enjoyed some fantastic battles over the past few years most notably at the Crucible last spring when Carter made a 147 break en route to the final.

From a personal perspective, this is my first experience of the Masters at Wembley as in previous years I've been up a mountain working on Ski Sunday, so it's very exciting to be involved.

Enjoy your weekend,


Hazel presents coverage of the Masters Snooker from this Sunday on BBC TV, Red Button and online.

Hazel was talking to Paul Birch.

 All the TV and radio times


Masters Snooker (1100-2300, BBC Red Button/online; 1330-1700, BBC Two/online; 0020-0310, BBC Two).


Football Focus (1210, BBC One/online); Premier League commentaries (1245, 1500 & 1730, BBC Radio 5 Live/online); Final Score (1430, BBC Red Button/online; 1630, BBC One/online); Championship commentaries (1500 & 1720, BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra/online); Match of the Day (2215, BBC One).

Match of the Day repeat (0740, BBC One/online); Premier League commentaries (1330 & 1600, BBC Radio 5 Live/online); Match of the Day 2 (2200, BBC Two/online).


BDO World Championship semi-finals (0600-1430, BBC Red Button; 1430-1630, BBC One/online; 1630-1830, BBC Two/online; 1830-2200, BBC Red Button/online).

BDO World Championship final (1750-2000, BBC Two/online).


Athletics: International Cross Country (1300-1430, BBC One/online); Ski Sunday Special: The Alps (1530-1630, BBC Two)


Lawro's predictions
 Mark Lawrenson's view on the weekend's football

Key tests at top
 BBC's Phil McNulty blogs on the Premier League

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