Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Swansea City
Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, January 24 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 EST)
Match Odds: Everton 4/6 – Draw 13/5 – Swansea City 9/2
Everton have also been below par by their standards this season and are sit in 11th going into the weekend after three consecutive draws, making that 11 in total for the campaign.
Their current position is more bewildering considering they have manged a total of 39 goals this term – the second highest total in the league. In light of this, the Everton faithful will feel their team should be hunting European spots as opposed to mid table obscurity.
Everton’s Premier League record: P22 – W6 – D11 – L5
Swansea City have stuttered along sice the departure of Garry Monk, with one win in their last four consummating their recent form, suggesting that maybe the players are the reason behind their slump.
With new manm Francesco Guidolin coming into the setup, there might be new methods in place to get the players back on track.
One thing is for sure, they are lacking goals. They are still looking for a striker to fill the void left by Wilfried Bony’s departure a year ago and that is clearly a priority.
Swansea City’s Premier League record: P22 – W5 – D7 – L10
The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium in September and that is the same scoreline that was seen when this fixture was played last year. Here’s hoping for goals this time around.
Tony Hibbert, Seamus Coleman, Muhamed Besic and James McCarthy are all missing for the Toffees. Roberto Martinez might make several changes if he has one eye on the midweek League Cup semifinal clash at Manchester City.
Swansea City have no injuries worries going into Sunday’s game and Alan Curtis will have some tough decisions to make as a result. Bafetimbi Gomis looks set to start up front and he will look to fire the Swans to glory.
Everton’s last five: W/L/D/D/D
Swansea City’s last five: W/D/L/L/W
Key Stat: The last three meetings between the two teams in the league have ended in a draw.
Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian forward has hit a mini-blip as he hasn’t scored in his last two and is surely due a goal here.
Everton 1-1 Swansea City – Everton haven’t been great this year and we expect Swansea’s recent win against Watford to help confidence levels within the camp. Earning a draw away from home would be a valuable point for the Swans.