Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park on Saturday in a battle of the Blues that promises to leave an early mark on each club's respective aspirations.
The Toffees are yet to win a game this season after drawing against Leicester City and Arsenal, while Jose Mourinho's side are flying high on the back of two wins.
However, Chelsea have won just one of their last six trips to Everton, and while a victory would see their title hopes flourish further, Everton are in need of a morale boost against big opposition in their hunt for Champions League football.
It's been longer than two years since a clash between these two teams was decided by a margin of more than one goal. We provide viewing information and a preview for what promises to be another tight meeting.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 30
Time: 5:30 p.m. BST/12:30 p.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), beIN Sport 11 (US)
Key Players To Watch
Everton: Romelu Lukaku
It was only three years ago that Romelu Lukaku was being tipped for the brightest of futures at Stamford Bridge following his 2011 switch from Anderlecht, but now the Belgian lines up as a member of the opposition.
He faces a first encounter against his former club this weekend, having moved to Merseyside for £28 million this summer, but manager Roberto Martinez is quoted by Everton's official website proclaiming there's no bitter motivation at hand:
Rom has strong inner strength and I don’t think he is motivated by who he is facing or who is in front of him. It’s more about his role and status at Everton – he is a vital player for us and he is enjoying and embracing that.
I do feel that we are going to see the best of Rom this season and I am really excited by his performances ahead in all different competitions, not because he is facing a former club.
He’s fresh and wants to enjoy every moment that he is out on the football pitch. He’s going to take full advantage of his role at the Club.
Having scored 15 goals while on loan at Everton last season, Lukaku is yet to get off the mark as a permanent Goodison Park fixture, but what better match in which to get things started than against the team who recently sold you?
In a strange twist of events, Samuel Eto'o could also line up against Chelsea after signing a two-year Everton contract, meaning there could be a duo of extremely motivated opposition strikers coming Mourinho's way.
Chelsea: Didier Drogba
According to James Orr of the Independent, Diego Costa may not be available for the trip to Everton this weekend after picking up a muscular injury, giving Mourinho his first task in striker rotation.
However, it's predicaments like this that Didier Drogba was re-signed for, and although an aged figure at 36, the Ivorian may prove his use on the trip to Everton.
As Sky Football's Daniel Storey attests, Andre Schurrle could occupy the central attacking throne, having played there at times during his Bayer Leverkusen days, but Mourinho has a more readily prepared asset at hand with Drogba:
Having only come on as a substitute in his first two games of the season, asking Drogba to lead the line for an entire 90 minutes may be too much for the club icon.
However, as Orr mentions, Fernando Torres is locked in negotiations to join Milan, and Drogba now stands as the most recognisable option in the position. The question is whether he remains as effective as Mourinho will remember him to be.
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