The 14th Mosconi Cup, the annual 9-ball battle between USA and Europe, starts tonight live on Sky Sports in the UK and via the Internet on PPV via www.mosconicup.com
Team USA have won for the last 5 years and are again the bookmakers favourites with Stan James having them as 4/7 to lift the title.
Team USA features 2007 US Open 9-ball Champion Shane Van Boening plus Mosconi regulars, Jonny Archer, Corey Deuel, Earl Strickland and Rodney Morris.
Team Europe boasts 2007 World Champion Daryl Peach plus Niels Feijen, Ralf Souquet, Konstantin Stepanov and Tony Drago.
This year the action takes place in Las Vegas where a partizan US crowd will no doubt act as USA's "extra player".
It is a tough one to call but on paper the US side is the strongest and the majority of them have played Mosconi Cup together before. I want a European win but it will depend on how they manage the conditions and how they gel as a team.