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.
One of the best match-ups the UFC could make takes its place as the co-main event in Canada. Former bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko and former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk are two of the best female Mixed Martial Artists and they are out to lay claim to the flyweight throne and take over the division.
The undercard for UFC 231 is thoroughly stacked and if that wasn't enough, the main card begins with a dream match-up between two murderous knockout artists - Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos.
These two guns finally meet with Max Holloway's featherweight title on the line. The Hawaiian is on a record winning streak but the supreme talent that is Brian Ortega is out to tarnish his legacy.
Kyle Bochniak is ready to put on another show after his war with Zabit Magomedsharipov and has a willing dance partner in the shape of top prospect Hakeem Dawodu.
Gunnar Nelson is finally back and ready to storm up the welterweight rankings but is up against Alex Oliveira who has looked sensational in his last two fights. This will be a contest of utter class.
Graeme Dott appears to have some traction on Neil Robertson, as he has beaten the former world champion seven times to Robertson's nine. Indeed, their only meeting this year resulted in a 5-2 Dott win in China, but Robertson should have the winning mentality to proceed in the competition.
Despite Matthew Selt's good performance in round one, facing Ding Junhui should be a step too far for the North Londoner. Junhui has had a few below-par years at the UK Championship but will look to reconstruct some form by brushing aside Selt in the second round.
Paris’ excellent start to the season has been slightly overshadowed by Barca’s dominance in Group A. However, the French side have lost just once so far and a home match against a struggling Skjern side should offer them the perfect opportunity to bounce back.
Barça’s attack has been unstoppable this season, scoring 310 goals in nine games, which is an average of 34.4 goals per game and means that they have a competition-best goal difference of 59.
Fakel’s rise from creation just over 20 years ago to the semi-finals is quite remarkable. However, in facing Trentino, they come up against probably the powerful team in European Volleyball at the moment.
Cucine Lube Civitanova have faced Asseco Resovia on five separate occasions, and the Italian side have never lost. However, when Lube reached the final last season, they won all of their pool matches - like this year - so caution should be advised before they face Resovia. This free-scoring Lube side should be able to move past Rosovia.
McGill and Ning have met once before at the 2018 European Masters with McGill securing a comfortable 4-1 win. Although Lu Ning has shown recent good form, the challenge encountered by McGill will be too strong and the Scotsman should advance to the next round.
Williams has won the previous two meetings between the pair with the last meeting happening back in 2012 with Williams claiming a 4-2 win. World number two Williams should have no issues in brushing aside Duffy and advancing to the second round.