Neil Robertson can make light work of Jamie Barrett


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Former world champion Neil Robertson has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence in 2017 and he should have no problems in getting past Jamie Barrett in European Masters qualification on Thursday.

Robertson won the Hong Kong Championship earlier this year after a disappointing first-round Riga Masters exit.

The event in Hong Kong may have been a non-ranking event but he did down Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final – and a win over ‘The Rocket’ has to be a confidence-booster for any player.

The Australian is just 1.02 to get past Barrett, who can be backed at 12.00, and it is hard to see anything other than a fairly comfortable win for the former world number one.

Barrett has managed just one victory in his last 12 matches and went down 10-0 to Welshman Jamie Jones in World Championship qualifying.

Robertson, who has won all three Triple Crown events, is 2.25 to claim a 4-0 victory as he bids for a place in the tournament in Lommel, or a 4-1 win can be backed at 2.50.

The 35-year-old is occasionally guilty of giving away cheap frames but Barrett has struggled against lesser opposition in his recent outings and Robertson should be able to secure a win without too many issues.

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