The final is here and Judd Trump is fancied to win his first World Snooker Championship - and Gary Moss recommends backing him to do just that...
"Trump looks primed, he looks ready and he looks like he really can go all the way this time. He knows how well he needs to play to beat Higgins and this will probably see him up his levels of play significantly."
Trump ready to land Crucible title
The moment has finally come for the biggest match of the year in snooker.
After all of the twists and turns of the last 15 days at The Crucible, it is two familiar faces and serial winners who will lock horns to compete for the sport's most prestigious trophy.
John Higgins will face Judd Trump in a re-run of the final from 2011 after they both pulled through as heavy favourites in the semi-final clashes against David Gilbert and Gary Wilson respectively.
The Wizard of Wishaw had to sweat it all the way out to a dramatic decider before finally coming back having trailed Gilbert most of the match. Things were a little more straightforward for Trump who eventually wriggled away from Wilson to end up a 17-11 winner.
Although the manner of their passages to the final may have been quite different, they do have one thing in common and it is that neither of them were in top form and they'll both believe they'll have to step it up to another level to land the title.
Higgins hasn't always been playing the most fluent snooker this week but as has so often been the case throughout his long career has demonstrated his unrivalled heart for the fight and a never-say-die attitude which has established him as the sport's greatest every match player. He is warrior on the table and will fight to the very last ball out there.
Trump has had a couple of sessions of brilliance but has for larger chunks of this tournament has had to get the job done when not on the top of his game; a side of his game which seems to have developed well over the course of this season in particular. He now knows how to win ugly as well as in flamboyant style - and that's exactly why he's made it here.
Contrasting Crucible CVs
When it comes to comparing the players, another major difference is that they both find themselves at opposite ends of the Crucible scale.
Higgins has won this event four times before and will be lining up in his eighth final and third in succession. He has the chance to go level with Ronnie O'Sullivan on five too. He knows what it takes to win this title but despite his recent record here has not won the event since beating Trump back in 2011.
He is one of the all-time Crucible greats and with nothing really to prove but to add to his already outstanding legacy in the sport.
Trump, on the other hand, has only experienced the World Championship final once before so a re-run of that epic meeting with Higgins in 2011 will evoke plenty of fond memories.
A lot has changed since that final. Trump is no longer a young hopeful riding the crest of wave but is now an established star at the top of the sport aiming to claim his first world title and fulfil his ambition as a great talent on the game.
It is perhaps a bit of a surprise it has taken him so long to get back here considering his vast talent but he has been on a journey where he has had to learn that winning is about more than just potting balls and scoring heavily.
There is a focus and patience about his game now which makes it look like he is really ready to land the big one and in doing so will become the 11th player to complete the Triple Crown with a UK Championship and Masters win already under his belt.
Judd goes into the match a favourite at 1/2 compared to Higgins who sets off at 17/10.
It's no big secret that the World Championship is not only the biggest snooker test of all but also a marathon of the mind and a great physical examination.
Higgins has been through the wringer more in this tournament than Trump and perhaps has less to call all in the tank to finish the job.
When it comes to experience, there's no doubting he has all the aces but for Judd he has been knocking on the door of this title for quite some time and may just feel his time is now.
Trump looks primed, he looks ready and he looks like he really can go all the way this time. He knows how well he needs to play to beat Higgins and this will probably see him up his levels of play significantly.