|Three derby fixtures take place on Sunday and although the majority of them take place in London, one should not forget the small matter of a clash on Merseyside as Liverpool and Everton square off in a bid for bragging rights in the North West.
Liverpool go into this weekend lying second in the table, but the two point gap that they had at the close of last Sunday may well end up being five by the time a ball has been kicked at Anfield. With Manchester City playing the day before, they have the perfect chance to pull clear at the top.
Whatever happens at the Etihad, Jurgen Klopp and his players know that they need to concentrate on the task in hand and that is getting the better of a high flying Everton side who themselves start this weekend in the heady heights of sixth in the Premier League.
The Toffees have been going about the business quietly as of late and it is fair to say that they have flown under the radar with them now moving ahead of a continually struggling Manchester United side under the managerial reign of Jose Mourinho.
And Everton broke into the top six after a hard fought and narrow win over Cardiff last Saturday, Gylfi Sigurdsson was the hero as his second half finish from close range broke the resistance of Neil Warnock’s men.
Everton will have their work cut out to come out on top at Anfield, but at the same time they can look back on their recent draw at Stamford Bridge as evidence of what they are capable of when going up against the teams right at the top of the table.
That trip to Stamford Bridge before the November international break saw them earn a very creditable draw and had they had a bit more firepower at their disposal late on, then they could very well have earned all three points against the Blues.
Will Marco Silva look to implement a similar game plan at Anfield this Sunday? To be fair it would probably make sense, if Everton can get a foothold in the game early and pack out the midfield then it will cut off the supply that Liverpool will look to provide the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Salah opened the scoring last Saturday as Liverpool eventually worked their way up through the gears to beat Watford 3-0. After a goalless first 45 minutes, there was no panic from the visiting Reds as their extra quality shone through in the end.
The only blot on their copybook was the fact that Jordan Henderson was sent off for two yellow cards and will miss this Merseyside derby due to suspension. However, you get the feeling that Liverpool will have enough in their midfield ranks to cope with his absence.
And they will arguably have enough in the final third to make sure that they come out on top and continue to apply the pressure on last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City. Liverpool to win and also keep a clean sheet, looks like where the smart money should go.