John Higgins and Mark Williams are set to do battle in this year’s Betfred World Championship final, which gets underway this afternoon.

Here are some of the key facts and figures about a meeting between two giants of the green baize on snooker’s biggest occasion…

  • Higgins is going for his fifth World Championship title, Williams is aiming for his third.
  • The combined age of the finalists is the highest ever at the Crucible, with 85 years between Williams (43) and Higgins (42). The previous record was 82 set in 1978 when Ray Reardon (45) beat Perrie Mans (37). The winner of the final will be the oldest since Reardon in 1978.
  • It is the first time in Crucible history that both participants of the final have been over the age of 40.
  • Higgins has reached two consecutive finals for the first time.
  • Williams’ most recent visit to the Crucible final was when he won his second world title in 2003, this is the longest gap between appearances in the world final.
  • Whatever the result of the final, Higgins, Williams and Ronnie O’Sullivan will have won ten of the 20 ranking events between them this season.
  • The two players have 50 ranking titles between them; Higgins with 30 and Williams with 20.
  • Higgins is aiming to win three ranking titles in a single season for the fourth time in his career, having done so in 1994/95, 1997/98 and 2010/11. Williams has also won two so far this season and he won three in 1998/99 and 1999/2000.
  • The winner of the final will bank a record £425,000 and achieve their biggest ever total of prize money in one season. Victory for Higgins will leave him on £823,870 for the campaign. While if Williams wins he will have racked up a total of £885,400.
  • Williams has made ten centuries during the tournament, Higgins has made seven.
  • Williams has conceded 35 frames so far in the tournament, Higgins has conceded 33.
  • The career head-to-head record sees Higgins lead Williams 20-17.

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