As they did a year ago, Everton take on Chelsea at Goodison Park looking for their first victory of the season. There is added intrigue this time, however, with the possibility of both Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o facing their old team for the first time if the Belgian overcomes a toe injury and Roberto Martinez feels the Cameroon star is sufficiently match sharp to play a part off the bench. Steven Pienaar is ruled out, though, along with Ross Barkley, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo.
John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines have all been named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway and the subsequent Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel on 8th September. There have also been call-ups this week for nine Blues from the youth ranks for England's U17 through U21 levels.
Cameroon international becomes the Blues' latest signing
Everton have completed the signing of striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer, with the 33 year-old agreeing a two-year contract. Eto'o, who was released by Chelsea in May after continuing his phenomenal scoring record by notching nine goals in 21 appearances at Stamford Bridge, will wear the No.5 jersey and provide additional striking options to Roberto Martinez's side.
Decision over squad strengthening likely to go to the wire
Roberto Martinez admits that he is "looking at all options" when it comes to the strength of his squad as the summer transfer window enters its final week. While his latest comments indicate that the fitness of Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo will play a big part in any decision to make further signings, another striker is believed to be high on his agenda before the 1st September deadline.