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Ronnie O'Sullivan v John Higgins: Champion of Champions 2016 Final preview - Decorated duo vie for glory

Ronnie O'Sullivan (L) and John Higgins (R) are eyeing the 2016 Champion of Champions title (credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins go head to head in a mouth-watering Final showdown on Saturday for the right to be crowned the winner of the 2016 Champion of Champions at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

On paper, there is very little to separate the two legends of the game, who were both born in 1975, turned professional 17 years later and have each collected 28 ranking event titles.



Overall, they share 100 tournament success in their careers including nine World Championships, eight UK Championships and eight Masters wins.

This will be their 55th meeting in professional competition with O'Sullivan claiming 27 wins to Higgins' 24, while it is the 17th major final that they have contested and first since the 2007 Premier League - the forerunner to this event.

O'Sullivan is aiming for a third title in Coventry, having won 11 out of 11 matches at the Ricoh Arena so far.

After choosing not to participate last year, the Rocket has maintained his perfect record in the popular invitational event - beating Robin Hull and Martin Gould in Group 3, before seeing off Mark Allen 6-2 in the Semi-Finals.

He was pegged back to 2-2 by the Pistol on Friday, but ran riot after the mid-session interval as he made three centuries in total, including stunning total clearances of 130 and 124.

However, O'Sullivan will certainly have his work cut against a resurgent Higgins, who appears to be back to his vintage best.

The China Championship winner comes into this clash having won each of his last seven matches, including a dramatic 6-5 victory over Ding Junhui in the Last Four on Friday.

Higgins survived four centuries from Ding to prevail in the final frame, while he has also put Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump to the sword so far this week.

The Scotsman, who collected £200,000 for his success in Guangzhou last weekend, will have won £300,000 for seven days' work should he go on to claim victory here over the best of 19 frames.

Play gets underway at 1pm GMT on Saturday with the first nine frames, before a maximum of 10 from 7pm will determine the 2016 Champion of Champions at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.



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Ronnie O'Sullivan v John Higgins: Champion of Champions 2016 Final preview - Decorated duo vie for glory

Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins go head to head in a mouth-watering Final showdown on Saturday for the right to be crowned the winner of the 2016 Champion of Champions at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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