PREVIEW: Swans v Everton
22nd December 2013
The Swans will be looking for some early festive cheer on Sunday when they take on Everton at the Liberty Stadium (4pm).
Michael Laudrup's side reached the 20-point mark in the Premier League last weekend following a 1-1 draw at Norwich.
Meanwhile, Everton cruised to a 4-1 win over Fulham to rise to fifth in the table, just outside the Champions League places.
The Toffees have won a string of plaudits so far this season for their style of play under Roberto Martinez - with the former Swans boss taking over from David Moyes last summer.
The Spaniard sent two successful spells at the Swans as both a player and a manager, guiding the club into the second tier of English football in 2008.
Swansea are yet to beat Everton in the Premier League since winning promotion, and they are also yet to find the net against the Merseyside club in four attempts.
The Swans will be without Michel Vorm, who underwent knee surgery last week, while Nathan Dyer is out with an ankle ligament injury and Angel Rangel is suspended.
Meanwhile, Everton welcome back James McCarthy from suspension, but the visitors are without Gerard Deulofeu (hamstring).
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "In the last ten years they are also around the top half of the league, and that was with a smaller budget that a lot of teams. So to come in and want to change the way of playing is even more difficult.
"I have watched their last four or five games and they were outstanding against Arsenal at the Emirates. They have kept a lot of their best players and made a huge signing in (Romelu) Lukaku on the final day of the transfer window."
Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "I've great memories of Swansea, being a captain and manager there. But this is an important game for both clubs.
"What Swansea have achieved is incredible and they are showing a model of how to develop a way of playing and how to be successful."
- Michael Laudrup's side have lost just once in their last six Premier League games
- The Swans have had more possession than their opponents in all eight of their Premier League home games this season, but have won just 10 points from a possible 24 (W2 D4 L2) at the Liberty Stadium
- Michu has failed to score in his last seven Premier League appearances - his longest drought since joining Swansea
- Seamus Coleman's goal last weekend means Everton defenders have contributed seven Premier League goals this season - a division high, prior to this weekend
- The Toffees have lost just one of their 16 Premier League games this season. In the top five European leagues, only Bayern Munich and AS Roma have better records
- They have lost seven points from winning positions this season. Prior to this weekend, only Manchester City (eight) and Sunderland (11) had worse records
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