Kyren Wilson looks to maintain his impressive Champion of Champions form when he locks horns with Ryan Day on Tuesday.
Group Three continues at the Bolton Whites Hotel with two of this season’s silverware winners going head to head for the right to play Fan Zhengyi in the final later on.
Wilson claimed his fifth ranking title at the European Masters in August, while Day took his career tally to four when he triumphed at the British Open a few weeks later.
Since debuting in 2015, the Warrior has reached at least the semi-finals in three of his five appearances at the prestigious invitational event, including last year when he was whitewashed 6-0 by an inspired Judd Trump.
Wilson was just a few pots away from adding his name to the roll of honour in 2018, but he could not get over the line and eventually suffered an agonising 10-9 defeat against Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The former World and Masters runner-up was a commanding 6-1 winner when he last met Day in the opening round of the 2021 Players Championship, and he will be hoping for more of the same here.
Although, he has struggled to build on the momentum of his European Masters triumph; subsequently suffering early exits at the British Open and Northern Ireland Open.
Meanwhile, Day has the better of the head-to-head record, winning 10 of the 17 previous meetings.
And outside the Championship League, the Welshman has gone on to lift the trophy after his two most recent victories over Wilson – doing so at the 2017 Riga Masters and 2018 Romanian Masters.
Like the Warrior, Day was on the receiving end of a Trump whitewash 12 months ago, but he returns this year for his fourth Champion of Champions appearance.
The 42-year-old is aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first time, and he arrives in Bolton fresh having not played since defeating Mark Allen to land the British Open crown early last month.
The winner of this match will face a tough test in the Group Three final later on Tuesday, with former European Masters champion Fan having stunned Neil Robertson in a deciding frame.
Play gets underway at around 3.45pm GMT with the match contested over the best of seven frames at the Bolton Whites Hotel.
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