The Whirlwind will likely have to rely on another ITC to remain on the tour.
There are 128 players hoping to claim one of the 16 coveted qualifying spots for the Crucible Theatre.
The preliminaries get under way on Monday at the English Institute of Sport.
The pair of legends will renew their rivalry on Monday.
It has become one of the most exciting parts of the snooker calendar.
The 2021 draw is beginning to take shape.
The eagerly anticipated match will take place on Monday, April 5th at 7:30pm UK time.
A total of 128 players will vie for one of the 16 coveted spots at the Crucible.
The line-up can’t change with one ranking event to go ahead of Sheffield.