The world number one has won both Home Nations series events this season.
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The English pair will renew their rivalry against one another in a mouthwatering showdown.
The tournament looks set to conclude as it has done in each of the past two seasons.
The world number one would join an elite group of names if he were to win two more matches this week.
Four players inside and four players outside the top 16 in the world rankings remain in the hunt for glory.
Several high-profile names crashed out, although a few of the favourites remain in the hunt for glory.
The 34 year-old will be disappointed not to be able to play his home event on home soil.
The world champion has reached the final of this tournament for the last two years, each time losing to rival Judd Trump.
It’s the fourth ranking event of the 2020/21 campaign this week and the second from the Home Nations series.