Shaun Murphy headlines the action when he locks horns with Luca Brecel in a tricky clash on the final day of the 2017 Riga Masters Qualifiers, while former finalist Mark Allen is also on display at the Preston Guild Hall on Friday.
World number eight Murphy is the highest-ranked player appearing on day three in Preston and will be looking to make a strong start to the new season.
Although, the Magician faces a potential banana skin in Brecel, who notably enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 whitewash in the most recent meeting between the players over the best of seven frames at last season’s Northern Ireland Open.
The world number 27 shall be aiming to make strides towards the top 16 this term and another victory over Murphy would provide the perfect platform for him to build on.
Mark Allen is the other elite player in action on Friday. The Pistol will want to come out all guns blazing against fellow left-hander Jack Lisowski, as former World champion Peter Ebdon faces Daniel Wells.
Three more of the world’s top 32 players are also on display including Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King, who plays Chris Totten, while Ricky Walden begins his quest to climb back into the top 16 against Cao Yupeng and Michael White locks horns with Rhys Clark.
Other notable matches see veterans Dominic Dale and Nigel Bond go head to head, while there is an exciting all-amateur clash to look forward to with 15-year-old Jackson Page facing James Silverwood.
Day three of the 2017 Riga Masters Qualifiers breaks off at 10am BST on Friday, with all matches contested over the best of seven frames at the Preston Guild Hall.
Riga Masters Qualifiers 2017 Schedule
Friday June 2
49 Nigel Bond v Dominic Dale
50 James Silverwood v Jackson Page
51 Rory McLeod v Xiao Guodong
53 Adam Duffy v Noppon Saengkham
54 Ricky Walden v Cao Yupeng
55 Matthew Selt v Sam Baird
26 Jack Lisowski v Mark Allen
56 Michael White v Rhys Clark
57 Billy Joe Castle v Alexander Ursenbacher
58 Elliot Slessor v Jamie Clarke
62 Daniel Wells v Peter Ebdon
64 Lee Walker v Mei Xi Wen
34 Chris Totten v Mark King
59 Robbie Williams v Xu Si
60 David Grace v Ashley Carty
63 Shaun Murphy v Luca Brecel