Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling is pushing for a starting spot, having impressed in Tuesday’s EFL Cup defeat at Preston.
Manager Eddie Howe has said there are a “couple of injury issues” but would not name the affected players.
Romelu Lukaku is in line for an Everton return after missing the EFL Cup exit against Norwich with a toe injury.
James McCarthy and Darron Gibson are not yet ready to return, while Muhamed Besic is a long-term absentee.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
John Motson: “This match last season was probably the most thrilling game I commentated on throughout the campaign. This time round there is plenty of potential interest again, not least because of the Ross Barkley-Jack Wilshere factor.
“At one time both players have been billed as the next big thing for England but they have stumbled along the way. Their performances this weekend will be of particular interest to Sam Allardyce.
“Away from that storyline, the teams they represent have had contrasting fortunes this season. Everton are enjoying a great start under Ronald Koeman while Bournemouth might be starting to see what is meant by second-season syndrome.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on last season’s corresponding fixture: “The home game was a turning point in our season. We looked like we were down and out and beaten with about 30 seconds of the game to go and we scored that last-gasp goal to make it 3-3 and I think that revitalised our season.
“We need to find that determination again if we are going to stay up.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman on the goalless midweek display against Norwich: “Against different systems or different ways of defending, you need to be prepared. But it was not the problem that we did not create opportunities (against Norwich). We did not score the goal.
“The quality players can make a difference in the productivity that we did not have on Tuesday. Before that (we did), and that’s important because it’s one of the qualities of the players.”
Everton boss Ronald Koeman and Cherries manager Eddie Howe have criticised their teams after their midweek EFL Cup defeats, and I think they will be much improved – and much changed again – on Saturday.