Preview: Everton v Swans

18th December 2017
First team

Swansea City are aiming to extend a seven-game unbeaten run against Everton when they travel to Goodison Park tonight (8pm).

The Swans were beaten 4-0 by high-flying Manchester City last time out, as the Premier League leaders made history at the Liberty by recording their 15th consecutive top-flight victory.

However, Paul Clement will be urging his players to respond in a positive manner and continue their impressive recent record against Everton.

Following a difficult start to the season, the Toffees have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes since the appointment of Sam Allardyce and have climbed to 10th place in the Premier League table.

They come into this match off the back a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United – their fourth win in five games – with Wayne Rooney scoring the winner at St James’ Park.


Team news

The Swans are hopeful that Wilfried Bony will be fit after the striker was forced off against Manchester City with muscle tightness, while Wayne Routledge could return after missing out against Manchester City.

Otherwise, there are no fresh injury concerns for Paul Clement, with Kyle Bartley continuing his recovery from a long-term lay-off.

Everton will be without long-term absentees Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and Ramiro Funes Mori, while Yannick Bolasie is edging towards a first-team return after a cruciate ligament injury and could play some part.

Reserve keeper Maarten Stekelenburg is also absent along with Leighton Baines.


What they said

Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski: "The next two games are more important because they are against sides that are closer to us. Everton is a massive game and we want to go there and get something out of it." 

Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "I've come to football clubs who were in trouble before but have never turned such a disappointing set of results around so quickly so it's one goal conceded, three wins and a draw. I'm pretty pleased, it can't get any better than that for me.”

 

Last six meetings

6. 5. 17. Swans 1-0 Everton
19. 11. 16. Everton 1-1 Swans
24. 1. 16. Everton 1-2 Swans
19. 9. 15. Swans 0-0 Everton
11. 4. 15. Swans 1-1 Everton
1. 11. 14. Everton 0-0 Swans

 

Pre-match stats

7 – The Swans are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Everton in all competitions, winning three and drawing four. Fernando Llorente scored the only goal in the club's most recent encounter last May.

4 – After a slow start to the season, Everton are enjoying a resurgence having won four of their last five games.