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Live Snooker on Thursday: Players Championship 2017 Day Four preview and order of play

Neil Robertson has a very good record against Ali Carter (credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Neil Robertson will be looking to continue his impressive record against Ali Carter in the Players Championship quarter-finals, while Mark Selby faces a tricky test in Marco Fu as the Last Eight continues at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Thursday.

Robertson has won each of his last six meetings with Carter, whose last victory came in the Semi-Finals of the 2013 German Masters.



The Aussie should be confident of making it seven on the spin following his surprisingly comfortable 5-0 whitewash of the in-form Barry Hawkins in round one.

After stealing the opening frame with a break of 65, further runs of 83 and 123 did the trick for the Riga Masters champion, who is now looking to progress beyond the Last Eight for the first time since the European Masters in October.

Meanwhile, World Open winner Carter will be eager to stop the rot and demonstrated his trademark determination against Shaun Murphy in the opening round.

Despite centuries of 115 and 107, the Captain was locked at 4-4 with the Magician, but a contribution of 51 in the decider proved to be enough and saw him through.

Mark Selby (L) and Marco Fu face off in Llandudno (Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Elsewhere, World number one Selby also boasts a dominant record against Fu, having won 10 of the 13 previous meetings between the players including a narrow 17-15 success during their epic World Championship semi-final last year.

Although he made breaks of 91, 75 and 87, the World champion was pegged to 4-4 from 4-2 up by Ryan Day in the opening round, but used all of his big-match experience to eventually scrape through and stay on course for a fourth title of the season, having already captured the Paul Hunter Classic, International Championship and UK Championship.

However, 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 sat out a break of 87 in the opening frame against Anthony McGill in round one, but responded with runs of 94, 53 and 56 as he reeled off the next five on the bounce to soar into the quarter-finals.

Day four of the 2017 Players Championship gets underway at 1pm GMT on Thursday, with both matches being contested over the best of nine frames at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

Ladbrokes Players Championship 2017 Schedule

Thursday March 9

Quarter-Finals

1pm
Neil Robertson v Ali Carter

7pm
Mark Selby v Marco Fu



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Live Snooker on Thursday: Players Championship 2017 Day Four preview and order of play

Neil Robertson will be looking to continue his impressive record against Ali Carter in the Players Championship quarter-finals, while Mark Selby faces a tricky test in Marco Fu as the Last Eight continues at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Thursday.

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