Tian Pengfei test for Joe Perry


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Joe Perry takes on China’s Tian Pengfei in the quarter-finals of the European Masters on Friday and will be wary of being on the wrong end of an upset.

Pengfei is the lowest-ranked player left in the competition but the world number 112 has a win over Perry on his record, at the Wuxi Classic eight years ago.

Perry, the world number 25, has won both of their matches since and is 1.44 to come out on top in Lommel, Belgium, while Pengfei can be backed at 2.63.

The Chinese hopeful made a statement earlier in the competition as he downed Judd Trump 4-2.

Pengfei’s form prior to the European Masters had been poor with four defeats in his last six matches.

The 31-year-old fell at the first hurdle in the Riga Masters and failed to qualify for the World Open and China Championship this season, while his last-eight spot in Belgium is just the second ranking event quarter-finals he has reached in seven seasons on the professional tour.

Perry, 44, will see the European Masters as an excellent chance to add to his one career ranking title so far and he is 5.25 to win the event outright.

Pengfei is 15.00 to take the title and Mark Allen is rated as the favourite at 3.40.

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