IAN Rush reckons Sunday's big derby will be 'one hell of a match' - just don't ask him to pick a winner!
Like so many former players who have turned out for both Chester City and Wrexham, Rush experiences a classic case of divided loyalties whenever the two teams meet.
The 45-year-old still has plenty of affection for Chester - the club that launched him on the road to super stardom with Liverpool and Wales - despite enduring a brief and unhappy spell as manager in City's first season back in the Football League.
And while he is backing the Blues to reach the League Two play-offs, he stopped short of predicting an away win at the Racecourse on Sunday.
'I've got split loyalties because I like the two,' said
Rush, who was player-coach at Wrexham from 1998-99.
'I will go for a draw, but I think that would suit Chester more because Wrexham really need the win more.
'Wrexham have been very unlucky with injuries this season, but the fact of the matter is they are second from bottom.
'They need a win and, if they beat Chester, they could move up three or four places.
'So my opinion is Wrexham will have to take the game to Chester and that will make for one hell of a match.'
It is almost two years since Rush resigned as Chester manager in acrimonious circumstances, citing the sacking of his assistant Mark Aizlewood as the reason for his departure just eight months after taking over from Mark Wright.
Rush had guided the Blues to a respectable 14 wins, 13 draws and 14 defeats from his 41 matches in charge, but a poor run of form left him under pressure and Aizlewood's sudden exit was the last straw.
City now find themselves back under the guidance of
Wright - the man Rush replaced at the helm in 2004.
The club's play-off prospects have been getting slimmer and slimmer in recent weeks as the top seven have put daylight between themselves and the teams in mid-table, but Rush thinks it is too soon to give up hope.
'Mark Wright's doing a good job at Chester,' he said of his former Anfield team-mate.
'Just when you think they are going to make a charge for the play-offs, they lose one or two. But they've just got to keep going and I still believe they can make the play-offs.
'A couple of wins make a big difference in that league, and if Chester can do that, they could be right up there.'
Although Rush started his playing career in England with Chester, he grew up in Flint and his 28 goals in 73
games for his country sealed his status as one of Wales's all-time footballing greats.
He is sorry to see that Wrexham are staring relegation in the face - and says it would be a disaster if North Wales lost its only Football League club.
'It would be a big blow for North Wales football if Wrexham were relegated to the Conference,' said Rush.
'They've got some big play-ers coming back so they should have enough to get out of trouble, but there's no point in just saying it, they've got to prove it now.
'In a derby, you need your experienced players to stand up and lead the younger ones, and whoever does that on Sunday should win the game.
'Wrexham desperately need a win, but I'm sure Chester will be relishing the chance to put one over on them.'
Let battle commence...