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Live Snooker on Friday: Scottish Open 2016 Quarter-Finals Preview and Order of Play

Ronnie O'Sullivan (L) and John Higgins (R) go head to head in a clash of the Titans (credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins go head to head in a mouth-watering Scottish Open quarter-final showdown between the crowd favourite and home favourite on Friday, while Judd Trump and Liang Wenbo are also among the last eight men standing at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

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

It will be a repeat of their entertaining clash in the Final of the Champion of Champions last month, which the Scotsman won 10-7.

The Rocket has looked generally solid so far this week and, despite problems with a new tip hindering his performance as he saw off good friend Jimmy White 4-2 on Thursday, he responded later in the day with back-to-back centuries on the way to overcoming Mark Allen by the same scoreline.

Higgins has dropped just a single frame so far in his home tournament, while he continued his strong form with consecutive whitewashes over Mei Xi Wen and Dominic Dale in the third and fourth round respectively.

Judd Trump takes on Robert Milkins in the Scottish Open quarter-finals (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Elsewhere, European Masters champion Trump continues his bid for a second title of the season against Robert Milkins.

The Ace has ensured his passage with three whitewashes before enjoying an impressive 4-2 victory over Kyren Wilson in the Last 16 but will not take anything for granted against Milkins, who is embarking upon his best run of the season so far and has won three of the four previous meetings between the players.

Marco Fu is looking to continue his strong form that has seen him hit seven centuries in Glasgow when he takes on Mark Davis.

The Hong Kong cueist reached the Last Eight after prevailing in a nail-biting decider with Neil Robertson, while Hastngs' Davis booked his third appearance at this stage of a ranking event during this campaign by scraping past two-time world champion Mark Williams.

An all-Chinese affair marks the final tie of the round, with English Open winner Liang Wenbo resuming his quest for a second success in the inaugural Home Nations Series against Yu De Lu.

Liang produced a stunning clearance to edge his nose past Barry Hawkins in the Last 16 but will not count his chickens against 29-year-old Yu, who has already beaten the likes of Ding Junhui and Stuart Bingham this term and will relish the occasion of his second-ever ranking event quarter-final.


Scottish Open 2016 Schedule

Friday December 16

Quarter-Finals

12pm
Ronnie O'Sullivan v John Higgins

2pm
Judd Trump v Robert Milkins

7pm
Liang Wenbo v Yu De Lu
Marco Fu v Mark Davis



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Live Snooker on Friday: Scottish Open 2016 Quarter-Finals Preview and Order of Play

Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins go head to head in a mouth-watering Scottish Open quarter-final showdown between the crowd favourite and home favourite on Friday, while Judd Trump and Liang Wenbo are also among the last eight men standing at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

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