Swansea City v EvertonEverton's last five games:
Liberty Stadium (Capacity: 20,750)
Saturday 22nd September
12:45 UK time
Everton 1-0 Manchester United (Fellaini)
Aston Villa 1-3 Everton (Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic)
Everton 5-0 Leyton Orient - League Cup
- (Mirallas x2, Osman, Anichebe, Gueye)
West Brom 2-0 Everton
Everton 2-2 Newcastle United (Baines, Anichebe)Swansea's last five games:
Queens Park Rangers 0-5 Swansea City (Michu x2, Dyer x2, Sinclair)
Swansea City 3-0 West Ham (Rangel, Michu, Graham)
Swansea City 3-1 Barnsley - League Cup
- (Graham, Moore x2)
Swansea City 2-2 Sunderland (Routledge, Michu)
Aston Villa 2-0 Swansea CityPreview
Swansea City are coming off their first defeat of the season heading into this match afteran underwhelming performace at Villa Park where they failed to take their chances on Saturday afternoon whereas Everton are coming off an 2-2 home draw in a match where they were hard done by on referee decisions but played fairly well regardless of the end result, dominant for the majority of the match.
Today is the day I grant a nsno.co.uk poster's dream wish, that poster is riddick who posted the following in the Newcastle match thread:
i'd love to know the record when osman, neville and hibbert all start the game.
Below is a table showing how Everton have performed when all three have started a match together:Swansea City
At the start of the season there were many 'expert' pundits among regular premier league watchers who had tipped Swansea City for relegation in a case of second season syndrome after losing manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool added with selling Joe Allen to the same club however they have had a positive start under Michael Laudrup picking up 7 points from 12 including a 5-0 master-class at QPR on the opening day of the season.
Laudrup didn't have any worries changing the squad in his first season over the summer as he bought seven players for a total of approximately £16m with outgoings of at least £21m including prominent players from last year such Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair. The player who has stood out most for Swansea thus far is Michu who Everton will have to watch out for if they're planning on keeping a clean sheet as the Spaniard has scored 4 goals in 4 matches at the start of his Swansea career.
Swansea will be without new signing centre-back Chico who is suspended, Bartley who is a new signing from Arsenal injured until December and Neil Taylor who has suffered a long term injury early in the season for Saturdays match. Gary Monk is also an slight doubt for the match.Everton
Meanwhile, Everton will be staring at 3 matches without victory should they not gain three points from this which may add more and more pressure on the players' shoulders however performances so far have been impressive with the exception of West Brom away so there are plenty of positives to take into the match against Swansea.
Many Evertonians will have gone away from the Newcastle match with a bitter taste in their mouths and a sense of defeat following an heartbreaking Demba Ba goal which cancelled out what had seemed like a late winner from Victor Anichebe. This alone would have been bad enough regardless of two legitimate goals being chalked off for Everton at 1-1. There is however plenty of hope that this feeling of being cheated will spur David Moyes' side on going into the game.
There are only two injuries worries for Everton. The first being Darron Gibson who went off the pitch during the West Brom defeat who is scheduled to be out until mid-October and the other is Nikica Jelavic who picked up an injury and was substituted before half time during the Newcastle game though no time scale on his injury yet.
As Swansea haven't been a fixed feature amongst the elite in history, you may not be surprised to know that this is only the 16th competitive meeting between the two sides.
Swansea have never beaten Everton, is that something that fills you with confidence or worry?