PREVIEW: Everton v Swansea City
19th November 2016
Swansea City face Everton this afternoon aiming to kick-start their season with their first victory since the opening day of the 2016-17 campaign.
The Swans currently sit second from bottom in the Premier League and are six points adrift of 17th-placed West Ham.
A win would do wonders for the confidence of Bob Bradley's side, who will be hoping for a repeat of last season's 2-1 win at Goodison Park.
Everton, meanwhile, have enjoyed a positive start to the season but were dealt a big setback prior to the international break when they were on the receiving end of a 5-0 demolition at the hands of Chelsea.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman will hoping for a change in fortunes on home turf today.
Swansea's Nathan Dyer returned to training this week following ankle surgery in September. Swans boss Bradley insists that the diminutive winger won't be fit to play 90 minutes but claims he is in contention for a place in today's matchday squad.
Jefferson Montero, meanwhile, is an injury doubt for the Swans after breaking a bone in his hand against Manchester United a fortnight ago.
Bradley claims Montero could play a role this weekend but that he and his staff were still in "discussions" over the Ecuadorian's involvement.
Everton left-back Leighton Baines and midfielder James McCarthy have been declared fit to face the Swans following injury lay-offs.
WHAT THEY SAID
Everton boss Ronald Koeman: "They are a good team. They like to play football from the back.
"It's difficult changing manager because it's difficult for the players."
Koeman on Ashley Williams' return: "It's always special for players. He was the captain, he played a long time in Swansea and had a lot of respect.
"He can give some good info about Swansea. I'm happy he is in a blue shirt and not a white shirt."
Swansea manager Bob Bradley: "Without a doubt, we need more leadership. We need leadership on the field, and that comes in different ways.
"That can be a strong voice, but it can also be someone who makes the right play at right moment in a game.
"That could mean putting the opponent under pressure at the right time, or stepping out to make an important intervention.
"We need more guys who are ready, when the game starts, to take real action.
"When you lose a leader, everybody is challenged to take a bit of a bigger role. That has been a message to our group in recent weeks."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Everton 1-2 Swansea City (January 2016)
Swansea City 0-0 Everton (September 2015)
Swansea City 1-1 Everton (April 2015)
Everton 0-0 Swansea City (November 2014)
Swansea City 3-0 Everton (September 2014)
8 - Everton are undefeated in their last eight home matches in the Premier League.
5 - Swansea are undefeated in their last five matches against Everton in all competitions.