Where is the 2018 UK Championship taking place? York Barbican Centre
When is Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Mark Allen on and what time does it start? 09/12/2018, 13.00 (UK)
What channel is the 2018 UK Championship on? BBC Two and Eurosport 1
Where can I stream the 2018 UK Championship? BBC Sport website and Eurosport Player
Where can I get tickets for the 2018 UK Championship? https://worldsnooker.seetickets.com/tour/betway-uk-championship-snooker/
O'Sullivan has been creating plenty of headlines away from the table during this year's UK Championship but he has remained the man to beat on the baize. Aside from a close battle with Ken Doherty early in the tournament, the defending champion has not been troubled and looks in the mood to collect a record seventh UK title.
Standing in his way is world number seven Allen, who is no stranger to major finals having clinched the Masters title this year and also reaching the UK final in 2011. The manner in which he closed out his close semi-final over Stuart Bingham will have given him plenty of confidence and he will not fear O'Sullivan, especially having defeated him at big events in the past.
Ultimately, the destination of this title largely depends - as it often does - on O'Sullivan's focus. If he plays at his highest level, Allen will not match him, and the six-time winner has easily been the most consistent player in the tournament this year. Ronnie will be in for a battle against a confident and pumped-up Allen, but he should show his class and add another major trophy to his bulging cabinet.