Everton v Swansea CityEverton's last 5 matchesEverton 1-1 Tottenham
Sunday 24th January 13:30
Premier League Match #23
(Lennon)Everton 2-1 Manchester City
- Capital One Cup (Funes Mori, Lukaku)Everton 2-0 Dagenham and Redbridge
- FA Cup (Kone, Mirallas Pen)Manchester City 0-0 EvertonChelsea 3-3 Everton
(O.G, Mirallas, Funes Mori)Swansea's last 5 matchesCrystal Palace 0-0 Swansea Manchester United 2-1 Swansea
(Sigurdsson)Oxford United 3-1 Swansea
- FA Cup (Montero, Gomis)Swansea 2-4 Sunderland
(Sigurdsson Pen, Ayew)Swansea 1-0 Watford
The Toffees surrendered the lead twice in their 3-3 draw against Chelsea last Saturday as John Terry's offside goal in the eighth minute of seven minutes added time denied Everton from taking all three points. Everton have now dropped an astonishing 11 points from leading positions in their last nine Premier League matches, six more than any other team during that period. Continuing on from last season, Roberto Martinez's side have won just three matches at Goodison Park in the league going into this fixture (D4 L6) and those wins have come against three of the current bottom six sides in the league (Aston Villa, Chelsea, Sunderland). Everton have scored just one goal in their last four matches in all competitions against Swansea and failed to win any of those fixtures, though they have won 13 of the 21 league meetings between the sides overall. Following their 3-3 draw against Chelsea, Everton have now scored 39 goals in the Premier League this season which is only bettered by Manchester City (43) and the Toffees top the table concerning the conversion of shots into goals having scored with 19.5% of their shots this season.
Seamus Coleman has already has his injury problems so far this season and the Irish international is currently out injured with a calf muscle strain. There's few that would argue that Coleman hasn't quite lived up to the standards of his performances in Roberto Martinez's first season at Everton but he's certainly not the only player who could be targeted with that criticism whilst his stats are certainly varied comparing this season to last season. Despite averaging more shots during his time on the pitch, Coleman is yet to net a goal for Everton this season which is probably down to fact he's only found the target with just 20% of his efforts, compared to 64% last season. Oddly, he has already provided more assists than he did last season despite the fact he's down on the number of chances created which is also odd considering his stats are substantially better in terms of taking players on and beating them. The stats also suggest that he is having to work a lot harder defensively as despite the fact he's winning more tackles on average during the match, his tackle success rate is actually 13% lower than it was last season.
Swansea dragged themselves out of the relegation zone and into 17th place with just their second victory in 12 Premier League matches with a 1-0 win against Watford at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night. However, Swansea have taken just six points from their 10 Premier League matches away from home this season and their only win in that run came over bottom of the league Aston Villa. A major reason for that is a lack of goals as Swansea have scored just eight goals on the road this season and they've only scored five goals in their last eight away matches, none of which have come in the first half. Swansea face the task of ending something of a hoodoo against Everton at the weekend as they have failed to beat the Toffees in any of their 21 league meetings and never won a match of any kind at Goodison Park, although they did win 3-0 at home in the Capital One Cup last season. Swansea have only scored four goals in their nine Premier League matches against Everton and the last two of the last three fixtures between the sides have ended in a 0-0 draw.
This is a fairly pointless comparison as although they've both spent plenty of time on the left of midfield this season, they have very differing styles of play but Andre Ayew is Swansea's best and most interesting player whilst everybody is in love with Gerard Deulofeu which is why the stats are coincidentally, generally in his favour. I think the most impressive thing about Deulofeu's stats are that he has been involved directly in a goal once every 106 minutes which isn't too far off a goal per game. If you haven't already then I would suggest scrolling down to the people who actually know what they're talking about (GLewis) because I have nothing further to say.
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