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Wilson faces Bond battle

Kyren Wilson takes on Nigel Bond in qualifying for the International Championship on Tuesday and should be confident of booking a place in the tournament.

Wilson rose to a career-high world number eight in the rankings earlier this year but has slipped one place after falling at the third round in the European Masters.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a strong season, however, having landed a second ranking title at the Paul Hunter Classic and claiming the Six-red World Championship crown, beating Ding Junhui 8-4 in the final.

Wilson has won his previous two meetings with Bond including a 5-3 success at the World Open back in July.

Bond heads into this clash in poor form with just two wins in his last 12 matches, and the 52-year-old world number 80 has failed to progress beyond the first round in any of the three ranking tournaments he has played this season. Wilson is 1.07 to win and 6.50 to win 6-0, with Bond 7.50 to pull off an upset and come out on top.

England’s Wilson will be keen to challenge for the Triple Crown events again this season after reaching the semi-finals at the World Championship in Sheffield last year and the final of The Masters. Wilson is 17.00 to win the World Championship, 15.00 to win The Masters and 15.00 to win the UK Championship.

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