AT A GLANCE
Where is the 2018 UK Championship taking place? York Barbican Centre
When is the 2018 UK Championship and what time does it start? 29/11/2018, 19.30 (UK)
What channel is the 2018 UK Championship on? BBC and Eurosport
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/
- Mark Selby has shown good form this year without being at his best but he remains ranked as the number one player in the world.
- Selby most recently lost in the semi-final of the Northern Ireland Open to rival Ronnie O’Sullivan. Selby led the 11th and deciding frame, but O’Sullivan fought back to inflict a 6-5 defeat on the 'Jester from Leicester'.
- Blackpool native James Cahill has struggled for form this season and has lost in the first round of his last three tournaments – Northern Ireland Open, English Open and European Masters.
- Cahill’s last appearance in the UK Championship was back in 2016 when he suffered a comprehensive first-round 6-1 loss to Matthew Stevens.
Selby defeated Cahill 4-3 in the first and only match between the pair at the Paul Hunter Classic back in 2016. Cahill has shown poor form lately so world number one Selby should make easy work of defeating the youngster in the first round.