Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Everton
Venue: Liberty Stadium – Saturday, April 11th – 12:45 BST (07:45 EDT)
Match Odds: Swansea 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Everton 15/8
This is set up to be a thriller that will hopefully include a lot of goals. And with two good, young managers, we expect both sides to be going for a win, despite the fact that they don’t have much left to play for in the Premier League this year.
Swansea come into this one off the back of a 3-1 victory at home to Hull last time out and will want to continue their winning streak to three in this one.
The biggest challenge for Swansea this season was coping with the loss of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January, but Bafetimbi Gomis has done wonders since taking over and has three goals in his last two appearances.
Swansea’s home record in the Premier League: P16 – W8 – D4 – L4
Everton also come into this fixture in good form having won their last three. They will be hoping to put this season to one side as quick as possible however, as their endeavors in Europe have cost them in the league.
Lying in 12th, Everton are far from the team that finished fifth last term, and they are still three points off of the magical forty-point mark that normally guarantees safety.
The Europa league has been no help to Everton this season, having diverted their attention from the Premier League. But they are looking to finish strong and take some positives into next season.
Everton’s away record in the Premier League: P16 – W4 – D3 – L9
Roberto Martinez watched his Everton team draw 0-0 with Swansea, his former club, earlier this season and there will hopefully be some goals this time around.
Swansea City look set to be without three men as Jack Cork is a doubt with a hip/thigh injury, Kyle Naughton (ankle) is out for the season and Tom Carroll (foot) is also unavailable through injury. Jefferson Montero (hamstring) faces a late fitness test but should be available. Angel Rangel is expected to fill in at right-back for the injured Naughton.
Everton duo Aiden McGeady (back) and Romelu Lukaku (hamstring) both face late fitness tests. Bryan Oviedo (hamstring) and Tony Hibbert (knee) are both out but should return next week. Darren Gibson (foot) remains a long-term absentee. Kevin Mirallas is expected to start on the left-wing.
Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/L/W/W
Everton’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: Bafetimbi Gomis has three goals in his last two games in the Premier League. Expect him to be influential once again.
Key Player: Ki Sung-Yeung – The South Korean midfielder is a very important player for the Swans and the midfield battle will be key as to who wins this one.
Swansea City 1-1 Everton – They might not have much to play for this season but both will want to avoid defeat and extend their unbeaten runs. That could lead to a draw but it should be an entertaining one with both sides getting on the scoresheet.