Toffees entertain visitors from South Wales.
This is a contest involving two buoyant sides, with Everton continuing to look like genuine Champions League contenders having won three of their last four games, and further boosted by Monday’s 5-1 FA Cup win against Cheltenham, while Swansea arrive on Merseyside having beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Capital One Cup. Another aspect linking these sides is the reported interest in their star players, with Marouane Fellaini and Michu catching the eye of a few leading clubs during the current transfer window.
Venue Goodison Park, Saturday 3pm
Last season Everton 1 Swansea 0
Referee Phil Dowd
This season’s matches 14 Y38, R2, 2.86 cards per game
Odds Everton 8-13 Swansea 5-1 Draw 3-1
Subs from Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios, Francisco, Duffy, Garbutt, McAleny
Doubtful Baines (ankle)
Injured Mirallas (hamstring, 21 Jan), Gibson (thigh, Feb), Hibbert (calf, Feb)
Form guide WLWWDW
Disciplinary record Y29 R2
Leading scorer Fellaini 8
Subs from Tremmel, Bartley, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Lita, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien, Gower, Hernández, Richards
Doubtful Britton (fatigue)
Injured Taylor (ankle, May)
Form guide DWDDLL
Disciplinary record Y36 R2
Leading scorer Michu 13
Everton have never lost to Swansea in 15 previous league meetings (W11, D4), and 16 games in all competitions.
The Toffees are the only side not to have dropped points against the Swans since the South Wales’ club promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2010-11 season.
Everton are yet to concede a Premier League goal in this fixture. Their 3-0 triumph at the Liberty Stadium last term followed 1-0 and 2-0 wins last campaign.
It will be 30 years next month since Swansea’s last point against the Toffees – a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. Andy King scored twice that day to help Everton earn a point.
David Moyes’s side have won four of their last six league matches, winning 2-1 on each of those occasions.
Everton have now scored in their last 18 league games and conceded in their last 16 – both are the longest current runs in the Premier League.
Everton have come from behind to claim 20 points in the Premier League this season – only Manchester United (24) have more.
The Toffees are 11 points up on this stage last season but four points down on the 40 points they had after 21 games of the 2004-2005 season – the only occasion they have finished in the top four during the Premier League era.
The Swans have lost only two of their last 16 matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in the last six (four in the Premier League).
Swansea have conceded the joint-highest proportion of headed goals in the Premier League this season (35% each) – along with Everton.
Michu has scored five Premier League headers this season – more than any other player.
Wayne Routledge has scored five goals in 20 Premier League appearances this season, after one in 127 in previous campaigns.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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