Everton's last 5 domestic results:Everton 3-1 Swansea
Everton v Swansea City
Saturday 22nd March 15:00
Premier League Match Day 30
- FA Cup (Traore, Naismith, Baines Pen)Chelsea 1-0 EvertonEverton 1-0 West Ham
(Lukaku) Arsenal 4-1 Everton
- FA Cup (Lukaku)Everton 2-1 Cardiff
(Deulofeu, Coleman)Swansea's last 5 domestic results:Stoke 1-1 Swansea
(Chico)Everton 3-1 Swansea
- FA Cup (De Guzman)Liverpool 4-3 Swansea
(Shelvey, Bony Pen, O.G.)Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea
(De Guzman)Swansea 1-2 West Brom
Seamus Coleman's last gasp miss-hit shot into the top corner against Cardiff at the weekend recorded Everton's fifth home win a row since losing to Sunderland towards the end of 2013. This is currently the best home run in the league with Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham in second place with 3 wins in a row at home. Only Chelsea (23) and Manchester City (27) have conceded fewer than Everton's 28 this season and only Manchester City (3), Chelsea (4) and Liverpool (5) and dropped fewer points than Everton (9) at home this season.
Everton are two points better off this season in comparing points won from the 2012-13 corresponding fixtures and that can increase to 4 points should Everton beat Swansea City who came away with a 0-0 draw from Goodison Park last season. It may not sound that impressive but when you consider that not only has a whole new style of play been implemented but the whole direction and identity of the club is undergoing change and that last season was one of Everton's most successful in the Premier League. In terms of transitional seasons, Roberto Martinez's first season has been excellent.
Swansea were on the wrong end of a late goal in their match against West Brom as they conceded in the 85th minute of the match to lose all the points despite taking a very early lead in the match. Only West Brom (16), Fulham (13) and Sunderland (12) have earned fewer points than Swansea (17) this season. Swansea are now four league matches without a victory with the last one coming in Garry Monk's first match as manager. Swansea have failed to win in their last 8 away matches picking up 3 draws in those matches. Their last away win came on 23rd November in a 2-1 win over Fulham.
It's still early days for Monk in the Premier League and although Swansea will have expected a lot more than one point from Crystal Palace and west Brom at home, they suffered a narrow defeat at Anfield and picked up a good point at Stoke and thrashed Cardiff. They've scored in each game with 9 goals overall but have conceded 8 (4 in one match v Liverpool). By the looks of the table, it'll be Cardiff and West Brom fans who feel most nervous.
Stats and Injuries
Long Term injuries Arouna Kone
, Darron Gibson
and Bryan Oviedo
along with loanee Lacina Traore
will all miss out this game whilst Phil Jagielka
is set to return. Steven Pienaar
isn't expected to return until the end of the month. Kyle Bartley
will miss out for the Jacks though Jonjo Shelvey
and Nathan Dyer
are due to return.