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December 21, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Goodison Park — Liverpool
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 32004‎
 
61′ Leon Osman
 

Everton - Swansea Preview: David Moyes’ side looking to end poor home form

The Toffees are aiming to beat a promoted side for the first time at Goodison Park this season having already dropped vital points against QPR and Norwich

By Alex Meyers


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines
Drenthe, Neville, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov
Cahill
Saha

SWANSEA

Vorm
Richards, Williams, Caulker, Taylor
Routledge, Britton, Gower
Sinclair, Lita, Moore


Seamus Coleman is still doubtful for Everton after missing the weekend's draw with Norwich so  Royston Drenthe, who set up Leon Osman’s late equaliser, could be in line to start. Jack Rodwell and Victor Anichebe are both out with injuries.

Angel Rangel is available again for Brendan Rodgers after returning from his ankle ligament injury sooner than expected. Nathan Dyer has been ruled out while Alan Tate (broken leg) is still a long-term absentee.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton have only scored eight goals at home in the Premier League this season. Only QPR and West Brom have scored less.
  • Swansea are yet to win away in the top flight this season, having picked up just three points from their eight games on the road.
  • The Welsh side have leaked goals on their travels having shipped 18 goals away from the Liberty Stadium but kept a clean sheet at Newcastle in their last outing.
  • David Moyes’ side has struggled in front of goal this season and their current top scorer is Apostolos Vellios with just three goals.
  • Everton have lost four of their eight home games at Goodison Park already this season.
  • Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm (pictured right) has now kept eight clean sheets in 16 Premier League games.
  • Vorm has also been forced into making 60 saves this season and has stopped 75 per cent of the shots on his goal.
  • Brendan Rodgers team has played 6917 successful passes in the league, only Manchester City and Arsenal have managed more.
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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
4John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
23Seamus ColemanDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
15Sylvain DistinDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
4Steven CaulkerDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Mark GowerMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
21Scott Sinclair Midfielder
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
22Ángel RangelDefender
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
33Stephen Dobbie Striker
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
Players to Watch
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The attacking midfielder is not in the best form of his career, with his goal drought stretching to last December, but there is no doubt that the Australian is crucial to Everton. His lack of goals have coincided with his team’s poor scoring run but it is only a matter of time before a player of his quality finds the net again and the Swansea defence will have to be at their best to prevent any chances coming his way.
Michel Vorm
Michel Vorm
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
24 0 2 1
The Dutchman has been one of the singings of the summer and Rodgers must be delighted with how his keeper has settled into the English game. He kept his eighth clean sheet of the season against Newcastle this weekend and will no doubt be kept busy at Goodison Park.
Prediction
Both teams have struggled to score goals this season and have each found the net just 16 times. A high-scoring affair does not look on the cards and Landon Donovan’s arrival on loan from LA Galaxy cannot come soon enough for the Toffees.

Everton had plenty of chances to add to their one goal against Norwich at the weekend, while Swansea were lucky to not concede at the Sports Direct Arena. It will be a tight game but the Toffees should have enough quality to see off the Swans.
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