• Ronnie O'Sullivan: Defending champion eyes world title number six
  • Neil Robertson: Previous winner and world number one
  • Ding Junhui: A prolific winner of major tournaments this season
  • Mark Selby: The world number three will be eager to win his first Crucible crown
  • Barry Hawkins: Could last year's unlikely runner-up go one step better in 2014?
  • Shaun Murphy: Solid player who can never be ruled out
  • Stuart Bingham: Hasn't won a trophy this season but still a tough competitor
  • Marco Fu: At a career-best number seven in the world rankings
  • Judd Trump: Largely disappointing season but must not be underestimated
  • John Higgins: Will be chasing his fifth title in Sheffield
  • Ricky Walden: Has made steady progress over the past two seasons
  • Ali Carter: A two-time runner-up will only be out for glory this time
  • Mark Davis: His first target will be a quarter-final spot
  • Stephen Maguire: Has the talent to go far at the Crucible but will it be this year?
  • Mark Allen: One of the young talents in the game
  • Joe Perry: A capable player who could cause some upsets

Crucible contenders

Ronnie O'Sullivan: Defending champion eyes world title number six