Everton have the right manager, the right team, and the right philosophy to challenge the Premier League title favourites this season.
They have been promoted after a top-six finish last term and their defence will be bolstered by the signing of former Everton captain Ashley Williams.
Key stats Everton are unbeaten in their last nine league games (4-0-2) against Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, with the only win coming against Manchester United in the Premier Cup final.
Everton are top of the table after seven matches (4.5-3-2).
Everton’s next match is at home to Liverpool on Saturday, with their next away trip to Hull on Sunday.
Everton’s opponents: Manchester City (Hull City) Everton’s away record Everton have only won once at home this season, in a 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace in December.
They are unbeaten at home in the league this season (5-0) and have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 matches away from home.
Manchester United (Stoke City) Manchester United have won three of their first four games in all competitions, but they are yet to score in a league match this season after conceding three goals in their previous four away matches.
What’s more, United have conceded five goals in eight Premier League games against Liverpool and City, with both sides having conceded more than two in their first three matches.
United are unbeaten this season in the FA Cup semi-finals and have not lost in the competition since December 15, 2012.
What do we know?
Everton have won eight and drawn one of their nine away league games this season and have kept eight clean sheets.
The Blues have scored just two goals in 10 Premier League away matches this season – a run of just one game since February 2015.
Everton have scored twice in their past two games at Old Trafford, including a late goal in the 2-1 win at Southampton on January 12.
Manchester United host Southampton at Old United on Saturday.
Manchester City host Chelsea at Old Man City Stadium on Saturday (15:00 GMT).
Everton travel to Newcastle United on Sunday to take on Newcastle United.