Everton host Liverpool in the Premier League's early kick off on Saturday, and our writers have given their verdict on how they see things playing out.
This could a Merseyside Derby to remember with both sides coming into the clash off the back of some surprise results.
Carlo Ancelotti has guided Everton to the top of the league and the Toffees are firing on all cylinders going into the game.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are looking to put the miserable 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa firmly behind them by continuing their unbeaten run against their rivals.
So how will things go at Goodison Park this afternoon? Here's our opinions…
Chris McKenna – Everton 1-1 Liverpool
This fence is comfortable! But on a serious note, I don't think we will get a fourth goalless draw in a row at Goodison between these sides.
But also I don't think we will get goals galore either despite the form of both teams coming into it.
Why? I expect a lot of tired legs and the lack of atmosphere to fire them up after a draining international break will play a big part.
Liverpool to take an early lead but Everton to show character by getting back in the game.
Paul Brown – Everton 2-2 Liverpool
It's been a long time since the Mersey Derby was a bona fide top-of-the-table clash and this one is suddenly too close to call.
Everton are flying and even more impressive than their goalscoring form has been the way they dig in and fight for each other, especially in midfield where a gaping hole has been filled with quality and toughness.
With goals flying in all over the place in the Premier League this season and both teams having a big point to prove, expect this to buck the trend of recent low-scoring derbies.
It's hard to pick a winner so I'm going for a draw with both sides scoring twice. But Everton have a huge opportunity to make a statement and there's a quiet confidence about them which could lead to an upset.
Harry Pratt – Everton 3-1 Liverpool
It’s hard to see how a Liverpool defence blown to smithereens by Aston Villa two weeks ago can withstand table-topping Everton this Saturday. .
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has had no time, thanks to the international break, to restore order, while Virgil van Dijk needs to stop believing he’s Johan Cruyff in disguise. All that seems to do is instil similar laissez-faire attitude in the rest of his colleagues at the back.
Carlo Ancelotti, on the other hand, is on a roll and so, too, are his players. The Italian does not have the history of Everton’s dismal derby record to burden his thinking and preparation.
And, unlike Gareth Southgate in midweek, he will deploy red-hot Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the central striker in his line-up, where he can do real damage. Simple.
Aaron Flanagan – Everton 0-2 Liverpool
It's amazing how quickly people are writing off Liverpool. Remember, they are still the best team on the planet. You cannot argue with that.
Normality will restore itself at Goodison Park. Everton will put up a decent fight but ultimately, Liverpool will be desperate to right the wrongs after being humiliated at Aston Villa.
The way I see it – we'll be coming out of this one swooning over just how good Liverpool really are once more.
Rhys Daly – Everton 3-1 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp will no doubt be rather concerned about the form of Everton ahead of their crunch Premier League meeting at Goodison.
The Merseyside derby has proved to be a forgone conclusion more often than not since the German joined Liverpool, but the Toffees have since been reborn under Carlo Ancelotti thanks to James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
With the recent defeat to Aston Villa as well as a series of positive COVID-19 tests still looming large over the Reds – I’m backing their rivals to come out on top for the first time since 2010.
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Josh Peck – Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Yes Liverpool were thrashed by Aston Villa before the international break, but this team are still the Premier League champions.
Expect a cagey affair like the derby at the end of last season, but at least there should be a couple of goals to entertain us this time,
Thiago will be a big boost to Liverpool while James Rodriguez has adjusted to life really well. They will be the stars but honours will be shared.
Callum Vurley – Everton 3-2 Liverpool
Liverpool never had the chance to recuperate following their shock defeat to Aston Villa after going their separate ways on international duties.
With the likes of Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara still unlikely to be fit, Everton will never have a better chance to finally get one over their rivals.
And the Toffees are in flying form, leading the Premier League and rightfully so with the football they have been playing – expect fireworks in this derby!
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