Dale in confident mood

Dominic Dale (66/1 – World Championship Outright) has admitted that the confidence is flowing heading into his World Championship second-round match against Michael Wasley.

The 2007 Shanghai Masters champion faces up against his fellow qualifier on Saturday in the evening session, where the former will be aiming to replicate the form shown back in 2000 when reaching the quarter-final stage.

Dale has struggled on the circuit in previous years and has slipped to world number 23 in the rankings; however, the 42-year-old insisted that this upcoming clash is a fantastic chance to progress into the last eight.

“I am feeling confident about beating Michael – of course I am – but he will probably be pleased he is playing me,” he said.

“I am looking forward to it. It is a great opportunity for one of us to get to the quarters.

Dale (4/6 To Defeat Wasley) heads into the second-round on the back of an impressive 10-5 victory over Mark Davis in the opening tie of the tournament, although there were some nerves shown whilst trying to cross the finishing line.

The Welshman was one frame from victory after racing to a 9-2 lead, but lost the next three in a row to set up a possible tense finish, but the experienced professional showed great composure to see out the match.

Saturday’s opponent Wasley (80/1 – World Championship Outright) will also be in high confidence after defeating one of the tournament favourites Ding Junhui in what is the shock of the competition so far.

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