Rival managers Paul Jewell and Colin Calderwood are anticipating a ferocious contest as Derby and Nottingham Forest prepare to clash at Pride Park on Sunday.
The derby has been eagerly anticipated in the East Midlands since the Rams' relegation and Forest's promotion last season pitched the clubs together in the Coca-Cola Championship.
"I have played in derby games before but this is what you would call a proper derby," Jewell told the club's website. "Both clubs are good-sized clubs and this game has got all of the makings of a tasty encounter."
He added: "I was born in Liverpool and I would say that this game compares with the Liverpool-Everton game.
"For our supporters it is huge, as it is for Forest, and there is an intense rivalry.
"Since they won promotion our fans have been saying to me that we have to beat them."
Calderwood told Forest World: "It is a fixture the fans look for but I had my eye on it as well. I want to experience what has been talked about in terms of atmosphere.
"I am sure it will be a super occasion and I think it will be helped that we have had a lift with the result at Crystal Palace on Tuesday."
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