• Ronnie O'Sullivan: Defending champion but lacking match practice
  • Mark Selby: Regained the world No 1 spot after a solid season
  • Neil Robertson: Previous winner and has enjoyed a consistent campaign
  • Judd Trump: Crowd favourite who is expected to do well
  • Shaun Murphy: Solid player who can never be ruled out
  • Stephen Maguire: Surely only a matter of time before he lands the 'big one'?
  • Mark Allen: One of the young talents in the game
  • John Higgins: Will be chasing his fifth title in Sheffield
  • Stuart Bingham: Has made a steady rise up the world rankings
  • Ding Junhui: Will look to impress at the Crucible

World Championship - The main contenders

Ronnie O'Sullivan: Defending champion but lacking match practice