A Scottish clash faces 34 year old Maguire and 10 years younger compatriot McGill; the match starts on Saturday afternoon and will find its conclusion on evening session next day.
This season On-Fire Maguire won the professional minor ranking EPT5 from Lisbon and the invitational 2014 6-reds World Championship, reached semi-finals stage by 2014 UK Championship and 2015 German Masters, however he failed to play in a major ranking final in the last two seasons. Stephen is considered by many a player that he should probably have been World Champion by now; he is yet to appear into a final at Crucible Theatre, as he was beaten in 2012 by Ali Carter 17-12 in the semi-final.
Anthony McGill qualified for The Crucible for the first time following a tense and close match with Mark King; leading 9-6, McGill lost the 16th frame after a 56 points break and the next 2 frames, before performing a century break of 127 points in the deciding frame. In the previous two qualifying rounds he won against Ayouri, 10-3, and Yupeng 10-6. He won two matches this season against a Top 16 player, 4-3 to Trump by EPT1 and 6-5 versus Higgins by UK Championship and the one lost were generally close encounters.
H2H: McGill 2-1 http://www.cuetracker.net/Head-to-Head/Stephen-Maguire/Anthony-McGill
Prediction: Maguire to advance, although it’s not a certainty.
Betting perspectives: small stake on Either player to win 3 successive frame? No@21 at Bet365
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