The quarter-finals of The Masters (Outright – O’Sullivan 7/2, Robertson 9/2, Higgins 6/1, Williams 20/1) gets underway on Thursday with a high-quality field made up of four former world champions taking part in Thursday’s sessions.

The non-ranked event at Alexandra Palace, one third of snooker’s “Triple Crown”, is for the top 16 players in the world, so quality is never in short supply.

Ronnie O’Sullivan kicks things off in the afternoon session as he takes on Australian Neil Robertson (Match betting – Robertson EVS, O’Sullivan 4/5), before two members of snooker’s Class of ’92 face off when John Higgins takes on Mark Williams in the evening match.

Six-time world champion O’Sullivan, who is gunning for an eighth Masters title, was in fine fettle during round one as he comfortably dispatched Jack Lisowski 6-1.

The 46-year-old, who has been the box-office draw in snooker for so long, hit breaks of 127 and 125 on his way to an easy win and will now face Robertson, who won his only Masters title ten years ago against Shaun Murphy.

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The Australian had to battle his way past Anthony McGill 6-3 in a contest littered with errors and he knows he must improve against O’Sullivan, who has won six of their last eight meetings and is sure to have a boisterous London crowd on his side.

Later on Thursday, Higgins and Williams (Match betting – Higgins 8/15, Williams 6/4) face off in a contest between two old-timers of the sport.

Williams was impressive in knocking out last year’s champion Yan Bingtao 6-4 in his opener after initially being 3-1 down.

The Welshman hit four half-centuries to halt the progress of the Chinese youngster as he attempts to win his first Masters title since 2003.

In a repeat of the 2018 World Championship final, he takes on Scot Higgins who knocked out recent UK Open winner Zhao Xintong in round one, hitting two centuries in the process.

Since that world final, where Williams won 18-16, Higgins has won five of their seven meetings and is hoping for a first title of the season after reaching three finals already.

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