However, it would be fair to say that the manager's task has been made harder by the departure of their star striker Romelu Lukaku as the Belgian is amongst the top strikers in the League. And winger Aaron Lennon will be a game-time decision due to a minor knock suffered in training this week.
However, in summer recruit Darren Fletcher and the understated Joe Allen, the Potters will have their own fairly dynamic midfield duo and will aim to disrupt Everton's flow on home turf. "We've followed them in pre-season and they had a lot of games".
"They've brought good players in but lost key players too, like Lukaku".
"We know we have spent money but everybody is spending money, everybody is looking for the best players".
For Stoke, Hughes must do without Stephen Ireland (broken leg) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee) for the trip to Goodison Park. The Dutch winger is out due to a knee injury. The lack of game time forced the player to move away from the legendary Catalan club and in hindsight that has been a rather smart move by the youngster.
Most of Everton's new signings are expected to start, so there is a high chance we can see the league debuts of Rooney, Sandro, Pickford, Keane and Klaassen.
Stoke have been steady in the market and have remained in a stable position.
And while the boyhood blue's fabulous first-half header proved to be the vital difference for Ronald Koeman's men as they beat Stoke City 1-0 on Saturday afternoon, Rooney's performance was certainly mixed. He is a member of the Select Group of Referees and has been in charge of 130 Premier League matches, dating back to December 2010.
Everton manager Koeman believes Barkley will leave Goodison Park this summer but insists the club will not be hostage to a deliberately late, undervalued offer for the midfielder.
Between these two teams there is an average of 2.8 goals per game over the last 5 games. Couple that with a run of four league games against four of last season's top six after this one, and three points are imperative.