LIVE: Everton v Burnley
The Spaniard is wary of the physical threat that a battle-hardened Burnley possess in the Premier League and labelled the visitors as a 'dangerous team'.
In his pre-match press conference, the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid boss said: "It's a strong team, they're physically very strong, they know each other really well, they know the manager and how they want to play.
"The strikers are strong, good in the air, [Dwight] McNeil has a good left foot, good deliveries; all these players have known each other for a while and they know how they play. They're a very dangerous team to play against."
Burnley won the last meeting 2-1 in Merseyside as Chris Wood and McNeil opened up a two-goal cushion before Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit back for the Toffees.
Benitez was operating in the Chinese Super League at the time, but knows from experience just how tough it is to go up against Sean Dyche's side.
He was in charge of Newcastle United during the 2018-19 campaign, guiding the Magpies to a couple of wins over the Clarets.
In his programme notes, he added: "We welcome Sean Dyche and the staff and players of Burnley.
"Everybody knows about Sean’s excellent work for his club over many years and every manager will tell you how difficult it is to play against his team.
"They are focused and prepared for everything. We know the game can be physical but Burnley have some quick and talented players who will be ready for any mistakes."
RECAP: Everton 3 Burnley 1
Full-time: Everton 3 Burnley 1
The Clarets let another lead slip.
Goalscorer Gray is replaced by Iwobi for the home side.
Another Burnley change
Wood is off, Rodriguez is on.
McNeil’s shot travels through a wall of bodies, but Pickford is well-positioned to make the save.
Richarlison is replaced by Rondon for the Toffees.
Double change for the visitors
Gudmundsson and Barnes are replaced by Lennon and Vydra respectively for the Clarets.
Brownhill’s deflected effort loops over Pickford and drops wide of the far post. The Clarets recycle the ball back to the wide area when the resulting corner is cleared and Tarkowski has a header chalked off for offside.
Everton well on top
Super stop from Pope to keep out Townsend's drive. The hosts continue to crank up the pressure and substitute Gomes is a whisker away from making it 4-1.
The ball is in the net again...
Everton have the ball in the net for a fourth time, but Doucoure was in an offside position when converting Coleman's cross.
GOAL: Everton 3 Burnley 1
Burnley are all over the place. Wood can’t make the ball stick in the Everton area, the hosts break, Doucoure plays the ball through for Gray and the summer signing finishes.