Two of the in-form sides in the Premier League do battle at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon as Crystal Palace entertain Everton.
With both clubs securing a full allocation of 6 points from 6 in their two Premier League matches so far, the beginning of the new season has instilled fresh confidence in both sets of supporters.
For Palace, their miserable end to last season of 7 consecutive defeats will have been concerning heading in to the new campaign.
However, fresh additions in the transfer window such as QPR’s Ebere Eze has brought down the average squad age as well as the loan signing of Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi freshening up the attacking look of the side.
As such, Roy Hodgson’s side have picked up consecutive victories, with the most impressive of the two an ultimately comfortable 3-1 win over Manchester United last time out.
Everton have also started on the front foot, winning all of their fixtures so far in all competitions, including their opening two top flight games.
Carlo Ancelotti has moved to bring in some impressive names this summer, such as Napoli’s Allan and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, both of whom have played under the Italian before.
It hasn’t taken long for those players to have the desired impact on the side, with Everton having no trouble scoring goals this campaign so far.
A midweek Carabao Cup trip to Fleetwood saw the Toffees put 5 past the League One side, who are managed by ex-Premier League midfielder and boyhood Evertonian Joey Barton.
However, it was at the other end that concerns were raised, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s error gifting Fleetwood one of their two goals on the night – something which is becoming an all too regular occurrence from an Everton perspective.
As usual, Ancelotti will be missing Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Cenk Tosun, who are both long-term absentees.
Yerry Mina is expected to return to the fold at centre back, but Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite will unlikely play any part due to injury.
Crystal Palace’s injury woes are far more significant, with the Eagles still missing James Tomkins, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt and Nathan Ferguson from a defensive perspective.
Conor Wickham remains out, and fellow striker Christian Benteke is rated touch and go to feature.
Crystal Palace v Everton at Selhurst Park is a 1500 kick off on Saturday, 26th September.