Everton are looking to continue their fine Premier League form when they face recently-humbled Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
The Toffees have now won their last four in a row and are in deadly form, having put three past Sunderland and Middlesbrough in their last two outings. They were, however, defeated 2-0 at home by Championship side Norwich City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
The Cherries could be low on confidence after two demoralising matches. First came a 4-0 whipping away to Manchester City in the league, while Tuesday’s 3-2 loss in extra time to Preston North End in the EFL Cup offered little encouragement to the side who are 17th in the standings, and so far unable to score more than once per game.
"Everton are a very good footballing side," said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
"They've added more pace in the middle and out wide, and they have plenty of goalscorers. Individually they have very good players, so I expect a tough game."
"We have had a good start, maybe better than some expected," admitted Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
"But we have a strong team and we work hard every day to improve. Against difference systems, you have to be prepared. Bournemouth are a strong team who like to play football."
In team news, Koeman confirmed that striker Romelu Lukaku (toe injury), who has four goals already this season, could start the match, while defender Phil Jagielka is ready to return after being rested in midweek. Those still injured include James McCarthy (groin strain), Darron Gibson groin strain), and Muhamed Besic (knee).
The Cherries, meanwhile, have no injury issues, leaving Eddie Howe with a full-strength squad to choose from.