Frank Lampard appears to have found the right formula at Everton as Manchester United prepare to roll into town.
The Toffees are unbeaten in their last six league games and seven in all competitions.
Four of those have been draws, but they have won their last two and are proving to be much better than most were expecting.
The additions of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski have added real steel and leadership to the defence, while the likes of Anthony Gordon and Alex Iwobi buzz around creating chances.
And after their 1-0 win over the Red Devils last season, Lampard can make it two wins on the spin against Man United on Sunday evening at Goodison Park under the lights, exclusively live on talkSPORT.
If he were to guide his team to the win, he would become only the third Everton boss in history to win his first two league meetings versus the Red Devils.
Dick Molyneux (1892) and Roberto Martinez (2014) are the only gaffers to have done the same.
And given their form, you wouldn’t be that surprised if the Toffees won.
And they have made Goodison Park a hostile place to play, so you can guarantee the atmosphere will be electric on Sunday.
The Toffees have lost two of their last eight league games at home but have beaten the likes of Chelsea and Man United.
Lampard also boasts a good record against the Red Devils as a manager.
He has faced the English giants seven times, in which he has won three and drawn one.
Crystal Palace are the only side Lampard has more success against as a manager.
And as a player, the former Chelsea midfielder played against the Red Devils 40 times, winning 13 and drawing nine, so he knows the Old Trafford-based club inside out.
Everton have done well this season after a shaky start, but this will be a proper test as Erik ten Hag’s side look to bounce back from their 6-3 mauling by Manchester City.
But Everton have nothing to fear and can approach this game as they have done every other match this season.
They will make it tight and nasty for the visitors and try to break through Gordon and Demarai Gray.
It has worked so far this year, and this should be a tasty encounter where Lampard can write his name into Everton’s history with a win.
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