Mark Williams is on the cusp of enjoying a late career revival and he can make his way past Michael Holt in the Six Red World Championship on Thursday.
The Welshman, who has won all of the Triple Crown events twice, reached three quarter-finals, one semi-final and a final last season and has made a solid start this year, as he pushes for a first ranking title since the 2011 German Masters.
The world number 17 made his way through to the last four in Riga earlier this year and having backed that up with a last eight showing in the China Championship, the veteran could be one to keep a close eye on this year.
Williams picked up an impressive 6-3 win over world number 13 Kyren Wilson in his previous match in Thailand and, on paper at least, Holt represents easier opposition.
Holt, the world number 25, downed home hopeful Akani Songsermsawad in his previous round but lost two frames to the Thai, who is ranked outside of the world’s top 100.
Holt did reach his first final last season but his record against Williams gives little encouragement he can claim a win today.
The Englishman trails 5-7 overall but in their six most recent meetings Williams leads 5-1 and can claim another win and progress in Thailand on Thursday.
Williams is 67.00 to win the UK Championship and Holt is currently priced at 201.00.