It’s possible that Chelsea may even be faintly embarrassed about the amount of purple prose they have generated in seeing off newly-promoted Burnley and Leicester.
A win at Goodison Park, where they’ve triumphed just once since April 2008, will make the media love-letters easier for the Blues to live with and this term more than ever they look equipped to do the job.
Surprisingly Jose Mourinho’s troops are 6/5 favourites to boost their poor recent record on this side of Stanley Park, with the Toffees 5/2 for victory and the draw 23/10.
While they may be a fraction on the skinny side, here’s a trio of persuaders that suggest Chelsea must be backed for maximum reward.
Everton have give up four goals in their opening two Premier League games.
Roberto Martinez’s men are replicating their sluggish start to the 2013/14 season this term and it’s largely due to a lack of cohesiveness in their usually stringent rearguard.
The ease with which Arsenal and Leicester exploited slack defending in their opening fixtures suggests the Toffees are liable to do themselves a mischief once more.
Cesc Fabregas provides a creative spark in midfield missing in previous recent visits.
A better player than when he left these shores, the Spaniard has been running things for Chelsea in possession, averaging a massive 83 passes an outing.
Even if Martinez decides to devote extra resources to shutting him down, the space this will create for his teammates will be ripe for exploitation.
Ross Barkley’s knack of breaking through the lines will not be a problem this term.
The England man had a titanic game against the Londoners at Goodison last season, carding a game-high seven opponents dribbled past.
His long-term injury robs his manager of the attacking asset that so unsettled the Chelsea rearguard last September.