After beating Mark Allen from Northern Ireland in the second rounds of the Shanghai Masters, China’s top snooker player and sixth seed Ding Junhui will take on Britain’s third seeded Mark Selby on Thursday afternoon.
According to the upcoming match prediction by CueTracker, a snooker database, 35-year-old Mark is a slim favorite as he’s been given a 50.5 percent chance of winning compared to Ding’s 49.5
Ding grabbed a narrow win of 6-5 over Mark in their latest competition at the semi-final of the World Grand Prix in February this year. Known as a prolific breakbuilder, the Chinese Dragon scored five 50+ breaks compared with three by the man nicknamed The Jester from Leicester.
At the Shanghai Masters final between the two in September 2016, Ding was crowned as champion with a 10-6 win over Mark, and became the first player to win the Shanghai Masters twice after first winning it in 2013.
The current world number one Mark Selby beat Ding Junhui at the semi-final of the World Championships in April 2017 with a 17-15 victory thanks to his patient and tough style, filled with rigorous safety play.