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Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson vie for an English Open semi-final place in a mouth-watering battle of the former runners-up on Friday.

It promises to be a closely fought clash at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes between the players ranked fourth and fifth in the world respectively.

Robertson was runner-up to Judd Trump in this event 12 months ago, narrowly losing 9-8 in the final.

The Australian is appearing in the 71st ranking event quarter-final of his career, having demonstrated brilliant character to recover from 2-0 and 3-2 down before seeing off Mark Davis in the fourth round.

A former Scottish and Welsh Open winner – making him one of only five multiple champions of Home Nations events – Robertson would move level with Mark Selby on three such titles if he goes on to lift the Steve Davis trophy this week.

Although, the Thunder has been rumbled in each of his three previous meetings with Wilson; all of which have been in ranking event quarter-finals.

The most recent of these came at the Crucible in April, when the Warrior reeled off five successive frames from 8-8 to run out a commanding 13-8 victor.

Wilson reached the showpiece of this tournament back in 2017, before succumbing 9-2 against an inspired Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The world number five caused headlines after sharing his reservations at being placed on the outside tables during the earlier rounds, claiming his ranking “counts for nothing.”

However, the four-time ranking event winner has since let his snooker do the talking; notably producing a marvellous 62 clearance in round three to snatch a dramatic victory against Ben Woollaston on the final black.

The winner will take on Mark King in the Semi-Finals on Saturday.

Play gets underway at 7pm GMT with the match contested over the best of nine frames at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.