Masters 2019 draw: Mark Allen v Luca Brecel; Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stuart Bingham

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport at the York Barbican
2019 Masters
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 13-20 January
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Northern Ireland's Mark Allen will begin the defence of his Masters title against Belgium's Luca Brecel.

Allen claimed the title by beating Kyren Wilson, who faces world number five Judd Trump in the pick of the first-round matches.

Seven-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan plays former world champion Stuart Bingham, while China's Ding Junhui faces debutant Jack Lisowski.

The invitational event for the top 16 takes place from 13 to 20 January.

Wilson squeezed 6-5 past Trump to reach the final last January and there is a little edge between the two players following comments made last month.

Englishman Wilson suggested he "wanted it more" than his compatriot when he saw him sitting down in the practice room during a tournament, while Trump responded by saying their personalities "clash a little bit".external-link

Elsewhere, world champion Mark Williams faces Australia's Neil Robertson, world number one Mark Selby is up against Stephen Maguire, while Scotland's John Higgins plays Welshman Ryan Day.

The draw was made during the interval of the UK Championship final between Allen and O'Sullivan.

Masters first-round draw

All times GMT

Sunday, 13 January

13:00: Mark Allen v Luca Brecel

19:00: John Higgins v Ryan Day

Monday, 14 January

13:00: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stuart Bingham

19:00: Ding Junhui v Jack Lisowski

Tuesday, 15 January

13:00: Mark Williams v Neil Robertson

19:00: Barry Hawkins v Shaun Murphy

Wednesday, 16 January

13:00: Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson

19:00: Mark Selby v Stephen Maguire

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