Robbie Keane believes our strikeforce will face a tough test at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday - trying to get the better of a defender he agrees is one of the most underrated in the Barclays Premiership.
Robbie - struggling to make the date with Manchester City due to a knee problem - is a big fan of his Republic of Ireland teammate Richard Dunne, a player he graduated through the ranks with in the Irish age-group teams.
It could be described as a case of appearances being deceptive - the heavy frame of the City centre-half disguising the fact that Dunne covers the yards quicker than most and opposing strikers are rarely given the space to operate effectively.
"He is a quality player and we have played against each other since we were kids," said Robbie of the 25-year-old. "I've played with him for the Ireland team coming through the ranks too and he is tremendous.
"He is good on the ball, he's quick - which people don't realise he is - and once he gets going he is very fast.
"It will be nice to see him on Saturday as he is a good friend. I will hopefully see him after the game following a win for us."
Robbie went on to warn that should we navigate a route past Dunne, his central defensive partner is no slouch either.
"Sylvain Distin is lightening and the two of them make a good pair. Richard has had a tremendous season so far and will be looking to build on that."