The return of Steven Gerrard (from injury) is good news for the Reds. His presence makes a lot of difference in the Liverpool attack, especially his tireless runs and contributions in the engine room. Everton will find Luis Suarez and company difficult to handle despite playing at home.
Blackburn 0 Man City 2
The recent Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich (0-2) and the Carlos Teves saga will not stop Manchester City from returning to winning ways in the Premiership against Blackburn Rovers today. The City side simply pack too much talent. In fact, they look more compact now without Teves. It should be an easy win for City.
Spurs 2 Arsenal 0
Spurs are one of the most exciting teams to watch this season. Luka Modric commands the midfield well and, with striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Man City, it is going to be tough for Arsene Wenger’s boys to come away with even a point from White Hart Lane. The Gunners have yet to re-organise themselves following the departure of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.
■ Irfan Bakti is a veteran coach and led Terengganu to the FA Cup title this season.