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Mark Selby v Marco Fu: Players Championship 2017 preview - Silent Assassin out to shoot down Jester

Mark Selby (L) and Marco Fu go head to head in Llandudno (credit: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Mark Selby will be looking to maintain his dominant head-to-head record with Marco Fu when the two players lock horns in the Players Championship quarter-finals at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Thursday.

The world number one has won 10 of his 13 previous meetings with Fu including, most recently, a narrow 17-15 victory in their epic World Championship semi-final clash at the Crucible last April.



Neutrals will be hoping for more of the same in Llandudno this time around, with a place in the Last Four at stake at Venue Cymru.

Although he made breaks of 91, 75 and 87, reigning World champion Selby was pegged to 4-4 from 4-2 up by Ryan Day in the opening round.

However, the Jester used all of his big-match experience and trademark determination to eventually scrape through in the decider.

As a result, he remains on course for a fourth title of the season, having already captured the Paul Hunter Classic, International Championship and UK Championship, and would love to add to that ahead of his World title defence next month.

But, despite having the better of the head-to-head statistics, Selby will certainly not take anything for granted against Fu, who lifted the Scottish Open in December and has played some of the best snooker in his career this term.

The Hong Kong cueist, who last overcame the Jester in the 2013 International Championship quarter-finals, looked set for a hard-fought battle when he sat out a break of 87 in the opening frame against Anthony McGill in round one.

Nevertheless, the three-time ranking event winner responded with runs of 94, 53 and 56, as he reeled off the next five on the bounce to soar into the quarter-finals.

The 39-year-old is aiming for a fifth semi-final appearance this term and, having failed to qualify for the China Open later this month, this is his last opportunity to really build some momentum ahead of descending upon the Crucible.

Play at Venue Cymru in Llandudno gets underway at 7pm GMT on Thursday, with the best of nine frames determining who will progress to the Last Four of the 2017 Players Championship.



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Mark Selby v Marco Fu: Players Championship 2017 preview - Silent Assassin out to shoot down Jester

Mark Selby will be looking to maintain his dominant head-to-head record with Marco Fu when the two players lock horns in the Players Championship quarter-finals at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Thursday.

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