Everton loanees Jake Bidwell and John Lundstram will find themselves on opposite sides in a game with huge importance for the promotion picture in League One this weekend.
Brentford and Doncaster Rovers face off as the second- and third-placed teams in the division and the latter can clinch automatic promotion to the Championship with victory, while Brentford can leapfrog the Yorkshire side into the top two should they win.
While Lundstram' spell with Rovers began a couple of months ago, Bidwell has spent the season in London on loan with the Bees and is very much part of the setup under Uwe Rosler.
Though the two players know each other well from growing up together in the Everton Academy, their Blue roots will take a back seat to League One rivalry Saturday.
I've spoken to Jake and we're looking forward to the game," Lundstram told evertonfc.com. "Hopefully, whatever the result on Saturday, we can both get promotion one way or another. That would be nice.
"I've been at Everton with him for nine or 10 years now. We used to sit next to each other in the dressing room, his locker was next to mine, so I know him very well.
Bidwell, for his part acknowledges the talents of his fellow Academy graduate.
"By all accounts he's done well up there,β he said. βHe's a good all-round midfield player. He can tackle, he's got a good range of passing and I think he's a leader as well. He's captained his age group for England for the last year or so and it's good to see him getting out, getting some games and doing well.
"Especially this season, I've played against people I know and I know there'll be no love lost on Saturday."
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