It is the battle of Merseyside at Wembley on Saturday lunch-time when Liverpool and Everton go head to head in the FA Cup semi-final.
Both teams will know how important this game is for their season and there is no doubt that the fans will expect nothing but victory. Defeat in this fixture always hurts, but on such a big occasion, it would surely be almost unbearable.
Going into the game, Liverpool are the favourites despite their inferior league position. After an extremely inconsistent campaign, they find themselves 8th in the Premier League and a point adrift of the Toffees.
They have been on a particularly poor run of late too, losing plenty of games in the last month or so. However, on Tuesday evening, they managed a morale boosting 3-2 victory at Blackburn Rovers.
This was only their second Premier League win in ten games and although they had to work hard for it – Liverpool’s keeper was sent-off and Blackburn missed a penalty – it was a valuable three points and a priceless confidence boost ahead of this weekend.
As for Everton, they go into this semi-final on the back of a fantastic run of form that has seen them overtake Liverpool over the last few weeks. They now sit 7th in the table and will be aiming for victory in this semi-final to add another exciting element to a season that has continuously gained momentum.
Looking specifically at their form, Everton have won three of their last four games, conceding just two goals in the process. They have also only lost twice since the defeat against Tottenham on the 11th January.
Like Liverpool, they go into this semi-final on the back of a decent Premier League victory. David Moyes’ men hammered Sunderland 4-0 at Goodison Park and even managed to rest some key players – including new striking sensation Nikica Jelavic – for this weekend’s meeting with Liverpool.
In the two Premier League fixtures between these two this season, it is Liverpool that come out on top on both occasions. They won 2-0 at Goodison Park, before a 3-0 victory over their local rivals at Anfield last month.
If Everton can secure victory this time around though, it would outweigh both of those defeats. They are above Liverpool in the league after all.
Overall, it is a game that is extremely tough to call. However, Liverpool have suited playing in cup competitions this year and in the end it is the Red side of Merseyside that will come out on top. Perhaps on penalties.