Harry Redknapp is convinced Saturday's opponents Everton will end up battling it out at the right end of the Premier League table come the end of the season.
David Moyes' men were without a win after their first six games of the campaign before back-to-back wins over Birmingham and city rivals Liverpool, taking them into this encounter at the Lane on form.
So our manager is expecting a tough test from the Merseysiders, for whom he believes the only way is up from now on.
Harry said: "I think Everton are a good side. They had a dodgy start, but they've had a dodgy start for the last couple of years and every year David pulls them up and they end up getting into Europe or pushing for European places.
"He's built a very difficult team to beat there, they're a good side and they'll be up there at the end of the season pushing to get into Europe as they do every year."
For Harry, he is tasked with continuing the balancing act of bringing his weary troops back from their midweek Champions League defeat in Milan and readying them for a return to domestic action.
He added: "It's difficult. We had a tough game at Fulham on Saturday and came back midweek. The week before the players all played two international games - it's a lot of travelling.
"But we're at home tomorrow so it could have been worse. It could have been away from home but we've got no excuses."