England’s Jack Lisowski says he expects Friday’s match against Zhao Xintong to be a “pot-fest” when the two go to battle at the UK Championship in York (Lisowski 8/11, Xintong 11/10 – Match Betting).

On Thursday, Lisowski advanced into the final eight as he beat Hossein Vafaei 6-4 at the Barbican Centre.

The 30-year-old was always in control of the contest, making breaks of 82, 88, 72 and 54 before wrapping up the win.

He may not enjoy the same experience on Friday evening, though, when he takes on world number 11 Zhao.

Lisowski believes the fans are in for an entertaining battle as he tries to prove he belongs at the very top of the sport.

He told World Snooker: “Zhao Xintong is my favourite player to watch; he goes for all his shots, he’s fast, and he doesn’t play any safety. We will play it on our terms, the analysts will be saying which shots we should be playing, but that’s not going to happen.

“We’ll be going for everything; it will be a pot-fest. This was a big match for me in terms of the rankings and getting into the World Grand Prix. It’s a good opportunity to kick on from that.”

Veteran Barry Hawkins was also successful on Thursday, coming back from 3-1 down to beat Matthew Selt 6-3.

Hawkins will now face Andy Hicks, who beat David Gilbert 6-5, with Hicks producing his best performance at the tournament since 1995.

Belgium’s Luca Brecel cruised through to the quarter-finals after a 6-1 success over Anthony Hamilton.

He will now face Anthony McGill- (McGill 20/21, Brecel 5/6 – Match Betting) in the afternoon session, while fan favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan is also in action at 13:00 when he faces Kyren Wilson (Wilson 8/5, O’Sullivan 1/2).

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