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Six Reds Final: John Higgins vs Stephen Maguire

The 2019 Six Reds final will take place on Saturday with an all-Scottish affair between John Higgins and Stephen Maguire in Bangkok.

World Cup winners from June, the pair of pals will battle it out for the top prize after respective victories in the semi-finals of Friday.

Higgins overcame old rival Mark Williams in an entertaining clash with a close 7-5 outcome before Maguire repeated the scoreline against Gary Wilson.

Contrary to what was previously reported on this website, World Snooker confirmed yesterday that the duo will be competing in the Six Reds final for a champion’s cheque of 4,000,000 baht – worth just shy of £110,000.

Maguire understands what it takes to triumph in Thailand, previously capturing the title in 2014 when he edged Ricky Walden in a memorable showdown.

Indeed, until the World Cup success earlier in the summer, that glory represented Maguire’s last piece of silverware on the Main Tour.

Higgins, of course, has been more prosperous in that five-year spell but victory here would still represent the 44 year-old’s first individual title in over a year.

With 20 prior meetings to refer back on and with a history of practicing together, the couple of Scottish competitors know each other’s games inside out.

Interestingly, Maguire boasts an 11-9 superior head-to-head record against his countryman.

A Six Reds final will count as a slightly different experience compared to the rest, though, which all occurred under the more traditional 15 reds guise.

It’s a tough one to call because, while Higgins has decades of capturing major crowns under his belt, Maguire does possess the greater experience in this actual competition.

Perhaps a tight tie will ensue, which would always be a nice way to conclude a World Championship event.

Live coverage of the Six Reds final is on the Eurosport Player.

Click here to view the draw (Times: CET)

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