Shaun Murphy aims to continue his dominant record over Jack Lisowski when they lock horns in the UK Championship quarter-finals on Friday.
The players ranked 12th and 13th in the world collide in what promises to be an exciting attacking contest for a place in the last four at the York Barbican.
The head-to-head record would certainly favour Murphy, who has prevailed in five of the six previous meetings between the players, including a 6-4 win in their only UK Championship encounter in 2014.
Although, Lisowski was victorious in their most recent clash, stopping the rot with a 4-2 triumph at the 2020 World Grand Prix.
Two of just three remaining seeds in York, both players will know this is a tremendous opportunity to land snooker’s second-most prestigious ranking title.
Triple Crown winner Murphy is going for his second UK triumph, having lifted the trophy in 2008 following an epic 10-9 victory over Marco Fu, while he was runner-up to Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2012 and 2017 respectively.
Despite struggling with neck and back injuries, the Magician has forced his way through the pain barrier to come through two deciding frames this week against David Gilbert and Judd Trump – courageously overturning a 5-3 deficit against the latter.
Meanwhile, Lisowski has dropped just three frames on the way to reaching his third successive quarter-final at this event.
The six-time ranking finalist swept past Xu Si 6-1 before putting Hossein Vafaei to the sword 6-2 under the watchful eye of mentor Peter Ebdon – the 2006 champion – whose influence on Jackpot has been evident since they teamed up a year ago.
And the left-hander must continue to demonstrate those battling qualities as he looks to finally end the wait to land his maiden ranking silverware.
The winner of this match will play either Mark Allen or Sam Craigie in the UK Championship semi-finals.
Play gets underway at 7pm GMT on Friday with the match contested over the best of 11 frames at the York Barbican.