Judd Trump thrilled the York crowds with a trio of centuries in the last round, but Paul Krishnamurty reckons the favourite could have his work cut out against an close rival...
"Trump has not won a title in 2013 compared to Allen's three...one involved beating Trump 4-1 in the final of the Gloucester PTC and their two matches since have resulted in 4-1 and 3-0 victories to Allen."
A re-run of the 2011 UK final is easily the highlight among the last-16 matches. Judd Trump beat Mark Allen 10-8 in a superb final on that occasion but given their recent head-to-head record, the smart move is to back the Northern Irishman to gain revenge.
That final was packed with big breaks and on the evidence so far in York, we can expect more of the same. Trump made three tons in the last round to signal a marked improvement on most of his 2013 form, while Allen has hit a fifty-plus break in 15 of 18 frames won so far.
While this is undoubtably a hard match to call, the odds are the wrong way round in my view. Whatever he did in the last round, Trump has not won a title in 2013 compared to Allen's three, two of which were earned very recently. One involved beating Trump 4-1 in the final of the Gloucester PTC and their two matches since have resulted in 4-1 and 3-0 victories to Allen.
Those one-sided results reflect the trajectories of their respective careers. Winning the UK title remains the high point of Trump's career and he's only fleetingly reached the same standard since. Allen, on the other hand, has improved both mentally and strategically. Both remain potential world champions but at this point in time, Allen has the edge.