Anthony McGill looking to maintain impressive form


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Anthony McGill will fancy his chances of progressing through to the semi-finals of the European Masters when he takes on Zhou Yuelong on Friday.

The Scottish ace has been impressive so far this season, reaching the final of the Indian Open earlier this month before losing out to compatriot John Higgins.

The 26-year-old has also made it through to the quarter-finals of both the Riga Masters and the World Open, managing to maintain his form during this week’s tournament in Belgium.

McGill has already seen off Joe Swail, Alfie Burden and Mark Davis to reach this stage of the competition and he will fancy his chances of disposing of Chinese teenager Yuelong in the last eight – a player currently 14 places below him in the world rankings.

However, the match will also be unchartered territory for McGill as he has never previously faced Yuelong, who has beaten Peter Lines, Michael Georgiou and Oliver Lines to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking event for only the third time.

McGill remains highly fancied to reach the semi-finals – he is priced at 1.57 – while Yuelong is available at 2.30 to emerge victorious from the best-of-seven contest.

The winner of Friday’s encounter will face a tough test in the semi-finals as they will come up against either world number one and three-time world champion Mark Selby or 2015 Crucible winner Stuart Bingham.

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