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Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ali Carter Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Rocket to face stiffest test at Welsh Open

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ali Carter predictions for the Welsh Open quarter-finals match.
  • The match is being played at Celtic Manor Resort on Friday (2.00pm GMT).
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan has won his last 3 matches against Ali Carter.
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan faces his toughest test at the Welsh Open (Getty Images).
Gary Emmerson 19 Feb 2021
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Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ali Carter Predictions


Ronnie O'Sullivan has dropped just one frame en route to the quarter-finals. Ali Carter will offer a much tougher test, but the Rocket should still come through comfortably.

O'Sullivan has won 10 of their last 11 meetings and have covered a -2.5 frame handicap in two of the last three matches

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan is a four-time Welsh Open winner.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan has dropped 1 frame in the opening four rounds.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan holds an 18-2 head to head advantage over Ali Carter.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan has won by 3 or more frames in 2 of the last 3 matches against Ali Carter.
  • Ali Carter is on a 7-game winning streak.
  • Ali Carter has twice needed a final frame decider to reach the quarter-finals

Head to Head


Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter have met 20 times with the Rocket winning on 18 occasions. Carter's last win was at the 2018 World Championship.

O'Sullivan has won the three matches played since at the Northern Ireland Open and World Grand Prix last year, and the Championship League last week.

Ronnie O'Sullivan Form


World number three 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.

At the latest Championship League event last week, O'Sullivan won his opening four games before losing three in a row.

He made a winning start at the Welsh Open when quickly defeating Robbie Williams 4-0 in the opening round. O'Sullivan then repeated the whitewash as he beat Jimmy White in the second round.

It was another 4-0 win against Martin Gould in the third round before he dropped his first frame of the tournament in a 4-1 win over Yuelong Zhou on Thursday.

Ali Carter Form


World number 26 Ali Carter is on a seven-match winning streak. He followed three straight Championship League wins last week with four victories at the Welsh Open.

Carter has had a tough route to the quarter-finals. He was taken to a decider before beating Daniel Wells 4-3 in the first round, then got the better of Aaron Hill 4-1 in the second round.

It was another final frame decider in a 4-3 win over world number six John Higgins in the third round. World number 10 Mark Allen was next as Carter triumphed 4-2 on Thursday.

Carter has been busy in the Championship League, which has been his only previous action this year. He played 15 matches last week, losing just three of them - one against O'Sullivan.

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Verdict

O'Sullivan has been on cruise control at the Welsh Open. Carter will pose a tough test, but O'Sullivan has covered a -2.5 in two of his last three matches against the Captain and can do so again.

Best Bet: O'Sullivan -2.5 Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: O'Sullivan 5-2 Correct Score @333.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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