Coming from back to back wins, Everton will be looking to make it three in three. Playing their third home game in a row, they have a great record, winning their last three at Goodison Park, despite losing their last three away from home. Hoping to continue their form, Roberto Martinez looks to keep the same formation with one potential change being the replacement of Gerard Deulofeu with James McGeady. Phil Jagielka still remains on the injury list as John Stones looks to continue his first team run as Jagielka’s replacement. McGeady may start on the left with Steven Pienaar still a doubt as The Toffees’ top scorer Romelu Lukaku is set to play the lone striker’s role.
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, De Guzman, Britton, Dyer, Hernandez, Routledge, Bony
Swansea are currently only four points clear of the drop zone with only one win from their last six. With a notable 4-3 loss to Liverpool three weeks ago, Swansea have the potential to cause problems in attack. Chico returns to the side at the expense of Jordi Amat with Ben Davies, who played central defender last week, moving back to his usual left back role. Pablo Hernandez and Nathan Dyer should get the start ahead of Jose Canas and Roland Lamah, with top scorer Wilfried Bony leading the lines with ten league goals so far.
Our awful record against Everton has got to end some time, hopefully it’s this weekend! Come on Swansea — Rhodri Stranaghan (@RhodriStraners) March 17, 2014
Taking Connor to see his first Everton game against Swansea. Praying for a 3-0 — Hannah ✌️ (@HannahMoore_22) March 16, 2014
Everton already hosted Swansea at Goodison Park this year in the FA Cup with Roberto Martinez’s coming out 3-1 winners. This time they play for Premier League points with Garry Monk’s side looking for revenge.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku looks to be the player who can make a difference when they host Cardiff. Playing the target man’s role up top, he will be looking to cause all sorts of problems for Swansea’s defence. As Everton’s top scorer this season, the powerful striker’s physical presence, pace, and eye for goal can surely cause problems.
Everton have never lost in any competition to Swansea (W14 D5 L0) and have already beaten them twice this season, once in the Barclays Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
No Swansea player has scored in the five Barclays Premier League meetings with Everton, with their only goal being a Bryan Oviedo own goal.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez started his managerial career as boss of Swansea City winning 50% of his 126 games in charge of the Welsh side.
35% of Everton’s goals have come in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, the highest proportion in the league this season.
Swansea City have won just two of their last 15 Premier League matches (W2 D5 L8).
Everton have lost just one of their last 23 Premier League games at Goodison Park (W17 D5 L1).
Swansea have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D3 L7) and none of the last eight (D3 L5).
It is 11 Premier League games since the Swans kept a clean sheet away from home.
Everton have scored five goals from direct free kicks this season, the joint-most along with Manchester City.
79% of Swansea’s goal attempts have been from open play, the highest proportion in the Premier League.