• Mark Selby: The defending champion
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan: Last year's beaten finalist has won the UK Championship this season and now he's eyeing world title number six
  • Shaun Murphy: Masters champion will be hoping to clinch snooker's biggest prize
  • Judd Trump: Will take confidence from beating O'Sullivan at the World Grand Prix
  • Neil Robertson: A previous winner targeting Crucible glory again
  • Ding Junhui: Always considered a dangerous player who has the ability to win this event
  • Barry Hawkins: A former unlikely runner-up will hope for another decent run
  • Stuart Bingham: Has won a ranking event in Shanghai earlier this season
  • Marco Fu: Certainly has the potential to reach at least the quarter-finals
  • John Higgins: Will be chasing his fifth title in Sheffield
  • Ricky Walden: Has made steady progress over the past three 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
  • Mark Williams : Can the Welshman roll back the years and taste Crucible glory again?

Crucible contenders

Mark Selby: The defending champion