Neil Robertson looks to maintain his impressive record against Mark Selby when they collide in the Scottish Open quarter-finals.
The players ranked second and fourth in the world respectively – and two former winners of this event – lock horns in what promises to be a mouth-watering clash at the Meadowbank Sport Centre in Edinburgh on Friday.
Both are just three wins away from becoming the joint-most decorated players in Home Nations history, joining Judd Trump on four titles.
The recent head-to-head record would certainly favour Robertson, who has won each of the last six meetings between the players, including a 5-2 victory at this stage of the Northern Ireland Open in October.
The Thunder has responded brilliantly to his first-round UK Championship exit at the hands of good friend Joe Perry last month, winning each of his subsequent six matches.
The 2017 champion has dropped just five frames this week on the way to seeing off Perry, Mark Davis, Himanshu Jain and Anthony McGill, and is now looking to join Selby as a multiple Scottish Open winner since the event returned to the calendar in 2016.
You must go back to a 13-7 victory in the 2020 World Championship quarter-finals for the Jester’s most recent triumph in this fixture, and he will be desperate to end the losing streak here.
Having reached just a single ranking quarter-final since landing his fourth Crucible crown in May 2021, this is Selby’s third of the season – and fifth across all competitions.
Like Robertson, the 2019 and 2020 winner has only conceded five frames in his quest to complete a hat-trick of titles, putting Aaron Hill, John Astley, Robert Milkins and Jack Lisowski to the sword.
The winner of this match will play either Ricky Walden or Joe O’Connor in the Scottish Open semi-finals.
Play gets underway at around 7pm BST on Friday with the match contested over the best of nine frames at the Meadowbank Sport Centre in Edinburgh.