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John Higgins v Judd Trump: Scottish Open 2016 Semi-Final Preview - In-form duo battle for Final berth

John Higgins is eyeing a place in the Scottish Open Final (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

John Higgins and Judd Trump go head to head on in an eagerly anticipated Last-Four clash in the Scottish Open at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday.

It promises to be a highly entertaining and closely fought encounter between the players ranked third and fourth in the world, with the winner advancing to the Final and having a chance to lift the inaugural Stephen Hendry trophy.



This will already be the fifth time the players have locked horns this season, with Trump coming out on top on three occasions while Higgins stopped the rot most recently on his way to winning the Champion of Champions.

Despite also capturing the China Championship title, the home favourite is set to appear in his first ranking event semi-final of the campaign after dropping just three frames in front of his local crowd.

The four-time world champion continued his recent momentum with another impressive victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan 5-2 in the quarter-finals - producing a wonderful total clearance of 104 to seal the deal against the Rocket.

Although delighted to prevail, Higgins voiced his concerns regarding the table conditions following that win but, with a new cloth being fitted for the semi-finals, should have no complaints come Saturday.

Judd Trump is appearing in the 20th ranking semi-final of his career (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, European Masters winner Trump is appearing in his fourth ranking event semi-final of the season and the 20th of his career.

Having opened the tournament with three straight whitewashes, the English Open finalist has also enjoyed 4-2 and 5-3 victories over Kyren Wilson and Robert Milkins respectively on the way to a second Last-Four spot during the Home Nations Series.

Trump has responded brilliantly to early exits at the UK Championship and German Masters so far this week, but knows he will have to be at the top of his game in order to overcome Higgins.

Play gets underway at 1pm GMT on Saturday with the best of 11 frames determining who will progress to the Scottish Open Final at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.



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John Higgins v Judd Trump: Scottish Open 2016 Semi-Final Preview - In-form duo battle for Final berth

John Higgins and Judd Trump go head to head on in an eagerly anticipated Last-Four clash in the Scottish Open at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday.

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