Wales’ Mark Williams will be looking to bounce back from his Welsh Open defeat when he takes on Allister Carter in the first round of the Players Championship.
The 43-year-old returned to home soil to play in the Welsh Open last month, but suffered defeat in the second round against China’s Zhang Anda.
He will now get the chance to respond and progress to the quarter-finals when he takes on Carter on Tuesday.
Williams is as short as 1.67 to win, while Carter is the 2.15 outsider.
Carter was last in action at the Snooker Shoot-Out but he also lost in the second round and will need to shake off some rustiness.
Australia’s Neil Robertson is also back at the table after winning the Welsh Open last month. The world No.8 beat Stuart Bingham in February and remains a strong favourite to continue his progress in Preston.
The 37-year-old will face Joe Perry first up this week is priced at 6.00 to win the contest 6-2.
There are two more matches taking place on Tuesday, with both set to get underway at 7pm. One of the tournament favourites, Judd Trump, faces Jimmy Robertson.
Trump arrives at the tournament in good form having won the World Grand Prix in February and is expected to beat Robertson, with the latter a 6.00 outsider.
German Masters champion Kyren Wilson is also in action and is a 1.57 favourite to progress, with his opponent Jack Lisowski a 2.38 outsider.