Few things get the pulses racing in football quite like a local rivalry with your fiercest foes.
This weekend serves up three such battles, starting with the Merseyside Derby at Anfield.
🏴 Liverpool vs Everton
The Red & Blue halves of Merseyside will collide for the 289th time on Saturday. The visiting Toffees have not beaten the Reds in the Premier League since October 2010, when Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta were the goal-scoring heroes at Goodison Park. Aussie legend Cahill will most certainly be watching his old team this weekend.
Since that famous win 11 years ago, it's been a painful sequence of results for Everton, going winless in 23 competitive meetings with the team they despise losing to the most. Hope springs eternal though, with Jürgen Klopp's faltering champions losing their last three EPL matches; it's been nearly two decades since they lost four on the bounce.
No Premier League fixture has produced more red cards down the years, 22 to be precise, with 15 of those brandished in the direction of Everton players. If Carlo Ancelotti's men can keep their cool, a famous win could be brewing.
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🇩🇪 Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund's Bundesliga title quest has fallen away in recent weeks so it seems that all of their 2020-21 title eggs will be in the Champions League basket. 20-year-old striking sensation Erling Haaland scored his 17th and 18th UCL goals in just his 13th appearance in Europe's elite competition which is awful news for Schalke, rock-bottom of the table and seemingly doomed for the drop.
The sight of Haaland bearing down on his defence isn't something that Schalke boss Christian Gross will be relishing, but his side may as well go down fighting. With 11 of the last 14 Bundesliga matches involving either club producing at least three goals, this Revierderby should be fun for the neutrals.
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🇮🇹 Milan vs Inter
The Derby della Madonnina in 2020-21 takes on extra significance with the two San Siro giants both chasing Scudetto glory this term. After 22 rounds, it's Inter who leads the pack with the Rossoneri just a point behind them ahead of Sunday's showdown.
🗿 Players to have represented both Milan clubs:— Futaa.com (@Futaacom) February 18, 2021
🇫🇷 Patrick Vieira
🇳🇱 Edgar Davids
🇳🇬 Taribo West
🇮🇹 Andrea Pirlo
🇮🇹 Christian Vieri
🇳🇱 Clarence Seedorf
🇮🇹 Antonio Cassano
🇮🇹 Roberto Baggio
🇬🇭 Sulley Muntari
🇮🇹 Mario Balotelli
🇦🇷 Hernán Crespo#DerbyMilano pic.twitter.com/opKOZ0vFXY
Some iconic names have pulled on both jerseys and there's a sense that the latest chapter of the Milan Derby could be a turning point, one way or another. Zlatan vs Lukaku is an interesting subplot too.
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