Preview: Everton v Swans

12th January 2013

The Swans will be looking to extend their unbeaten run this weekend as they face a tough trip to Goodison Park (3pm).
Michael Laudrup's side are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, including Wednesday's 2-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.
In fact, the Swans have lost just twice in their last 16 outings, but face a stern test against Everton this weekend.
The Toffees currently sit fifth in the Barclays Premier League, just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
And while the Merseyside club will be looking to force their way into the Champions League places this season, last Monday's 5-1 win over Cheltenham saw them ease into the fourth round of the FA Cup - a competition that David Moyes will have targeted as a realistic chance of silverware.
Everton have a good record against Swansea, having won the last three league meetings, including a 3-0 win at the Liberty back in September.
David Moyes is sweating on the fitness of Leighton Baines after the defender aggravated an ankle problem in the FA Cup win over Cheltenham.
Kevin Mirallas could return to the squad, but Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert are definitely ruled out.
The Swans could well shuffle the pack for the third game in a week, with Kemy Agustien pushing for a recall.

What they said
Everton manager David Moyes:"I have been very impressed with Swansea since the start of the season. They got off to a great start.
"You take every game individually and it doesn't matter what has happened in the past, it doesn't count. You take every game on its own merit and it's a tough game against Swansea - they have had some really good results.
"It was a terrific result (beating Chelsea 2-0 in midweek) and they have got themselves in a position where they have a better than average chance of reaching the cup final."


Swans boss Michael Laudrup:"The league is the most important competition. Everton are a very good team, who are also very strong. They proved that when they played here in September and they always put you under great pressure.
"Against Chelsea recently they scored in the first minute and we know that it is going to be a very hard game. They didn't play on Wednesday night, but that isn't an excuse."


Head to head
Everton have won 12, drawn four and lost none of the 16 matches against Swansea City in all competitions.
The Swans have failed to score in all three Premier League meetings
with the Toffees, including this season's 3-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium.

Everton stats
Everton have scored the highest percentage of first half goals in the Premier League this season (57%)
The Toffees have come from behind to claim 20 points in the Premier League this season, only Manchester United (24) have more
Only in 2004-05 (40) when they finished fourth and made the Champions League qualifiers spot did Everton have more points than they have this season after 21 games (36)

Swansea stats
The Swans have scored just two goals from set pieces this season, fewer than any other side
Leon Britton has made more clearances off the line (4) than any other player in the Premier League this season
Gerhard Tremmel has the best saves to shots ratio of any Premier League goalkeeper this season (81%)

32Red odds: Everton 10/17 Swans 26/5 Draw 31/10