We reach the end of the third round of the UK Championship on Tuesday when the final eight matches are played out. This is the last day that four tables are in operation so every match after these will be on the two main offerings.
Monday saw victories for the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams and Kyren Wilson among others and on Tuesday it will be up to Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui and Mark Allen to join them.
The main attraction in the afternoon session of play is Judd Trump. He will be looking to build on his 6-5 win over Dominic Dale in the last round when he takes on the veteran Mark King while on the other TV table in the session Neil Robertson meets Graeme Dott in a repeat of the 2010 World Championship final.
It might be that the two best matches in the session will take place away from the TV cameras where Marco Fu and Jack Lisowski meet in an absolutely massive match in the race for The Masters. Fu needs to beat Lisowski and win one more match to pip him to a spot at Alexandra Palace. The other match in the session sees Stuart Bingham taking on David Gilbert in what should be a high scoring encounter.
There is an all-Chinese battle on one of the TV tables when Ding Junhui takes on his countryman Xiao Guodong while The Masters champion Mark Allen will continue his trek towards a second Triple Crown title of 2018 when he goes up against the awkward but extremely competent Hossein Vafaei for the second time in the season.
Such is the quality on show on the day, Barry Hawkins doesn’t get a gig on the main tables. He will be on one of the outside tables when he goes up against Gary Wilson for a place in the last 16. There is a massive opportunity for someone in the other match in the evening as world number 62 Sunny Akani goes up against world number 99 Jak Jones with both having the chance to do their ranking a right help.
I’ll go with just the one on Tuesday and it comes in the afternoon session where I’m expecting to see some big breaks made between Marco Fu and Jack Lisowski. I say that because both are extremely heavy scorers and both are scoring well in this tournament as well.
Lisowski has four centuries in his two matches while Fu has three in his games so far and that is generally a trend the pair continue throughout a tournament. I’ve said many a time that when Fu is scoring well he is playing very well while Lisowski is one of the heaviest scorers in the game. That all makes me think the over 1.5 centuries line will get covered here.
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