Ding in danger as Hendry looks to progress
Ding Junhui faces a must win clash against seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry if he is to qualify for the semi-finals of the Premier League, while the Scot needs only a point.
The Chinese superstar is level with Hendry going into the final round of fixtures; he needs a win and a win only - priced at 13/10 - to qualify for the finals weekend in Hopton-on-Sea on 6/7 December. Should the pair score three frames apiece and draw on Thursday evening, a 15/8 shot, it will be Hendry (2/1 to win) packing his suitcase for the play-offs. Bucket and spade are optional.
In the first match of the night, the already qualified duo Mark Selby and Joe Perry go head-to-head to see who will top the table. Like Junhui, Perry must beat the undefeated "Jester from Leicester" to overtake him and claim first-place - 3/1 says he will. Selby is deserved favourite to win the match at 4/5, while the draw (good enough for the world number four) can be backed at 9/4.
Closing proceedings in Kidderminster's Glades Arena will be Steve Davis - winner of four Premier League titles but still looking for his first victory this season - against John Higgins. As you would have thought, the recent World Grand Prix winner starts as odds-on favourite to win at 1/2, while Davis, who's won an average of just one frame per match, is a massive 5/1 shot. The draw, which would result in Davis' first and only point of the league, is available to back at 5/2.