Unfortunately for Everton fans they’ll have to wait to see new striker Romelu Lukaku strutting his stuff as the Belgian is ineligible to face his parent club, meanwhile Chelsea fans wait with glee to catch a glimpse of new boy Samuel Eto’o at Goodison Park.
The irony will not be lost on Everton’s latest loan recruit Lukaku, if the man whose arrival at Stamford Bridge which acted as catalyst for his departure, finds the net against his new club.
And the possibility of Eto’o notching a debut goal is increased by the fact the 7/1 shot with Ladbrokes has achieved just that feat for both his previous clubs before joining up with former boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Just after the Cameroonian signed on the dotted line for Inter Milan in 2009, he opened his account on debut in the Italian Super Cup against Lazio.
While the three-time Champions League winner started that match for the Italian club, he then came off the bench for his last employers Anzhi Makhachkala to score an 80th-minute equaliser in a Russian Premier League tie against FC Rostov.
If new boy Eto’o can help Chelsea to a win, rated at 21/20, he’ll waste no time in endearing himself to the away faithful on Merseyside.
In what has become a close-fought affair over the past few seasons, Everton can look to a much more familiar face to aid their cause for the win, available at 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
Since returning from an ill-fated stint at Tottenham, Steven Pienaar has found the net for the home side in the previous two seasons against Chelsea.
The South African has started all three of Everton’s Premier League games to date and is generously-priced at 16/1 to find a way past Petr Cech in this fixture.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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