Glancing through Sunday's fixture list in the English Premier League, one particularly catches the eye. Liverpool travels to north London to meet Tottenham Hotspur at the White Hart Lane.
Spurs have had a good week. They qualified for the knock-outs of the Champions League in their debut season during midweek with a 3-0 hammering of Werder Bremen. That came after a stunning comeback 3-2 win at bitter rivals Arsenal. The events led to aspirations for the title amongst Spurs with manager Harry Redknapp claiming his side were capable of winning the league.
He said, You've got to aim for the top. We're not writing ourselves off. We can beat anybody. This has put us right back in the race again. It's wide open. If my players believe in themselves as much as I do, we can achieve anything.
His keeper, Hurelho Gomes, was a bit more guarded when he said, Should we just be aiming for fourth place? No, of course we're fighting for a little bit more this season. We're very good at the moment and we can try to do something more than finishing in the top four.
Spurs are on a mini winning run at the moment with three wins on the trot in all competitions. And with Gareth Bale in top-form, Liverpool right back Glen Johnson will have a tough evening. Van der Vart's injury is a blow though, and Luka Modric will play a more advanced role in his absence.
Redknapp faces his good friend Roy Hodgson, who has revived his side after a dismal start. Liverpool sit at 9th in the league after their 3-0 mauling of West Ham last week. Although that victory came after a toothless 2-0 defeat at Stoke and a 1-1 draw at Wigan, Liverpool will be hopeful of three points against Spurs after the return to form of Fernando Torres.
The Spaniard has scored four goals in six games. But the Reds know they need players to support their talismanic striker and with Steven Gerrard out injured, Spurs will be hopeful. Liverpool's man to watch will be Glen Johnson. It will be interesting to see how he copes with Bale's surging runs down the left, and Johnson will want to live up to his name of England's best right back.
Liverpool hold the upper-hand in terms of history when the two English heavyweights meet for the 135th time in the league. Liverpool have 63 victories, compared to Tottenham's 37.
Team News -
Spurs in form midfielder Van der Vart's is a major doubt with an ankle injury, along with Jenas and Dawson who returned to training after 10 weeks out. Huddlestone, Dos Santos, King, Woodgate and O'Hara are all sidelined with injury.
Joe Cole is back after three weeks and could feature for Liverpool. However, Gerrard, Agger and Smearing are all out injured.
Table Position -
Spurs currently lie sixth in the table with 22 points and a win can see them go above Bolton up to fifth, while a loss by a two-goal margin can propel Liverpool to sixth and demote Spurs to seventh in the table.
If Liverpool lose and Newcastle win against Chelsea, the scousers will see themselves pushed one spot down to 10th on the table.
It will be a scintillating spectacle at White Hart Lane. It will be fast paced, end-to-end stuff with a lot of goals involved. However, both teams will probably cancel each other out. A 2-2 draw looks most probable.