Pep Guardiola’s men went into the international break with a 2-0 controlled destruction of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United at Old Trafford. Everton have failed to win any of their last five Premier League games, losing heavily against newly-promoted Watford, Wolves, and West Ham. Rafa Benitez finds his side 11th in the Premier League table after as many games.
Chelsea at the top of the table and have only lost once in league play since the opening game of the season – with a two-goal victory over rivals Man United in their last outing showing how far ahead of the chasing pack they are. Pep Guardiola has injury concerns of his own to deal with, but City will still expect to take another three points at home.
Guardiola has won three of the four games he has faced the former Newcastle chief and will be keen to add to avoid any slip-ups. “Phil Foden came back with a knock and a problem in his leg, but he is getting better.” Bernardo Silva’s fitness is another key topic for the home side having admitted he played through the pain barrier on international duty with Portugal.