There is only one match snooker fans will be watching this weekend and that is the tantalizing World Snooker Championship second-round clash between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ali Carter.

The pair square off in a replay of last year’s final, when O’Sullivan emerged 18-11 victor, and this weekend’s clash promises to be a close and skilful encounter that pits the modern-day master of the sport against snooker’s nearly man.

O’Sullivan, who is the current favorite in the World Snooker Championships odds, delighted fans this month when he confirmed that he would play Sheffield’s historic Crucible theater once again; he is now primed to win his fifth WSC crown.

Ronnie O'SullivanThe 37-year-old regained his taste for the sport with his WSC triumph last year and the fact that he faces Carter in such an early round this season makes the spectacle even more interesting.

O’Sullivan has won 24 ranking titles in his 20-year career. Carter, meanwhile, has won three of six major finals since his burst onto the scene in 2008, yet has fallen to O’Sullivan twice at the WSC last hurdle.

German Masters

This weekend, the German Masters champion is out for revenge and, after a convincing 10-4 victory over Ben Woollaston got his tournament underway, he should prove a threat. O’Sullivan, equally, took his first match 10-4 over Marcus Campbell and the number one seed is unlikely to let slip this momentum.

Fans of the World Snooker Championships betting should expect a close game and don’t be surprised if Carter takes an early lead on Saturday afternoon, only for O’Sullivan to rein in the frames.Ali Carter

We’ve a best-of-25 showdown on our hands this weekend and it could go to the wire. There may be seven other matches also playing out but no one will be looking anywhere but here.