He's Richard Mann's outright fancy at 22/1, but what does John Higgins make of his own prospects at the Crucible?
Higgins, beaten in both the 2017 and 2018 finals, reflects on a Crucible record which includes four victories.
"It's a place, when you stop playing snooker, this is the one place you'll miss playing in," he said.
The Scot is non-committal when discussing his return to form, but does suggest to our Richard Mann that the long matches of the World Championship might enable him to build some momentum.
Higgins also discusses the draw, playing down the significance of avoiding the tougher-looking bottom half, reflects on those two final defeats and reveals that a certain practice partner has been in eye-catching form.