By Stephen Kent
Neil Robertson has been consistent this season without winning a title other than the Gdynia Open PTC event in Poland. He was unable to defend his Masters crown, suffering a 10-6 loss to Mark Selby in the final at Alexandra Palace.
It has also been a similar story for two-time UK and 2011 Masters champion Ding Junhui, his only real highlights being victory in the Scottish Open PTC in December and an appearance in last month's Welsh Open semi-final
This week in Galway they have taken very different paths to get to the final. Ding has clearly been the best break-builder all week, knocking in seven century breaks, including a magnificent 147 against Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.
In contrast, Robertson has not managed to make a single century throughout the tournament, but unlike his opponent he has only had to make it through one deciding frame (4-3 against Tom Ford in the semi-finals). Ding's first three matches against Andrew Higginson, Anthony McGill and Mark Allen all went down to the wire.
Looking at the head to head between the pair, it is the Australian who has a slight advantage, having won seven matches to Ding's five. Their most recent encounter came in the opening match of the Masters, where Robertson edged it 6-5.
They have also contested a major final before, at the 2009 Grand Prix, where Robertson put in a dominant performance to win 9-4 with two centuries.
Tonight's final at the Bailey Allen Hall in Galway, starts at 8pm local time and will broadcast live on EuroSport.
Ball by ball scoring and results from tournaments