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Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Barry Hawkins Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Hawk to push Rocket close

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Barry Hawkins predictions for the Tour Championship semi-final
  • The match is being played at Celtic Manor in Cardiff on Saturday (1.00pm GMT)
  • O'Sullivan has won 13 of his previous 16 clashes with Hawkins
  • The Rocket is tipped to book a spot in the final but Hawkins can push him close
  • Match preview, stats and predictions
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Ronnie O'Sullivan has won 13 of his last 16 matches against Barry Hawkins (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 26 Mar 2021
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Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Barry Hawkins Predictions


Ronnie O'Sullivan has got the measure of Barry Hawkins, but the underdog is predicted to make a good fist of things in the semi-final.

Even though I'm expecting O'Sullivan to reach the final, I'm expecting this to go close with over 16.5 frames value.

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan won the inaugural Tour Championship in 2019.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan won 10-8 against John Higgins in the quarter-finals.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan holds a 13-3 head to head advantage over Barry Hawkins.
  • Barry Hawkins has taken Ronnie O'Sullivan to the penultimate or final frame in the last 4 matches played over 11 or more frames.
  • Barry Hawkins won 10-7 against Judd Trump in the quarter-finals.

Head to Head


Ronnie O'Sullivan has won 13 of his previous 16 matches against Barry Hawkins.

O'Sullivan won four in a row prior to losing to Hawkins earlier this year with a 3-1 defeat in their Championship League match. 

But O'Sullivan gained revenge with a 6-4 victory in the Players Championship semi-final last month.

Ronnie O'Sullivan Form


World number two Ronnie O'Sullivan ended 2020 by reaching the finals of the Scottish Open and the World Grand Prix, but lost in both deciders.

He went down 9-3 to Mark Selby in the Scottish Open final, and was comprehensively beaten 6-1 by Judd Trump in the final of the World Grand Prix.

O'Sullivan beat Ding Junhui in the opening round of The Masters in January, only to then lose to John Higgins in the second round.

O'Sullivan reached the final of the Welsh Open, dropping just two frames along the way. But he lost the decider 9-8 to Jordan Brown.

At the Players Championship, the Rocket defeated Ding Junhui 6-5, thrashed Jack Lisowski 6-1 in the quarter-finals and then got the better of Barry Hawkins 6-4 in the semi-finals.

It was another defeat in a final for O'Sullivan as he lost to Higgins. But he gained revenge by beating the Scot 10-8 in the quarter-finals of the Tour Championship on Monday.

Barry Hawkins Form


Barry Hawkins reached the semi-finals of the German Masters before losing 6-5 to eventual champion Judd Trump in January.

He reached the second round of the Snooker Shootout at the start of February, and had a 5-7 win-loss record in two rounds of the Championship League in the same month.

At the Welsh Open, Hawkins exited at the last 16 stage after a 4-3 defeat to Shaun Murphy before going down 6-3 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals of the Players Championship.

Hawkins was eliminated in the second round of the Gibraltar Open after a 4-3 defeat to Matthew Selt at the start of March. 

At last week's WST Pro Series, Hawkins had a very productive time of things. He ended with an 11-3 win-loss record.

Hawkins pulled off an upset in the Tour Championship quarter-final on Thursday when he defeated world number one Judd Trump 10-7.

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Verdict

Barry Hawkins was impressive against Judd Trump in the quarter-finals. He can push Ronnie O'Sullivan close but ultimately I expect the Rocket to come out on top in a tight one.

Best Bet: Over 16.5 Frames Total Frames @110.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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