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  • 24 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 20509
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Swansea - Everton Preview: Toffees face tough task against second-best home defence in the league

Swansea - Everton Preview: Toffees face tough task against second-best home defence in the league

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Brendan Rodgers' side boast an enviable defensive record at the Liberty Stadium and, with David Moyes' team suffering from a lack of goals, the visitors face a difficult challenge



PROBABLE LINEUPS


SWANSEA CITY


Vorm
Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor
 Sigurdsson, Britton, Allen, Sinclair
Routledge,
Graham
EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Osman, Fellaini, Cahill, Pienaar, Drenthe
Jelavic

Swansea are set to welcome back captain Ashley Williams after he missed their 3-0 away win over Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend.

The central defender was absent with a virus and should make his comeback when Everton visit the Liberty Stadium.

However, Kemy Agustien is still missing with an ankle injury and isn’t expected to feature until April whilst Nathan Dyer completes the last match of his three-match suspension.

For the Toffees, Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Darron Gibson (knee) could all return to the squad after injury.




DID YOU KNOW?
  • The Swans have kept the third-highest number of clean sheets with 12 - only Manchester United and Manchester City have more.
  • In just nine appearances for Swansea, Gylfi Sigurdsson (right) is already their third-top goalscorer with five strikes.
  • The Welsh side have lost just twice at home. Only Manchester City and Liverpool have fewer defeats on their own turf.
  • Everton have scored 13 goals away from home this season, with only Stoke and Fulham scoring less.
  • However, they have only conceded 18 on the road, with only the top two having conceded fewer.
  • The Toffees have scored 11 of their 28 goals in the last 15 minutes of their matches.
  • Royston Drenthe, Leon Osman, Leighton Baines, Victor Anichebe and Apostolos Vellios are Everton's joint-top goalscorers with three strikes each.

Players to watch

G. Sigurðsson

Position: Midfielder

Games: 22

  • 4
  • 2
  • 0
The Icelandic playmaker has been a revelation since joining on loan from Hoffenheim and has given the Swans a top quality attacking option.
He has integrated with ease due to his fantastic passing ability which has seen him immediately pulling the attacking strings and he will be key in setting Swansea’s pace against a relatively slow Everton back four.

T. Hibbert

Position: Defender

Games: 4

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Yes the boring right back. Coming up against Scott Sinclair will pose a tough challenge for the veteran defender, but he has the experience to frustrate the Swansea speedster.
The 31-year-old will need to be at his best and stopping Sinclair will be vital in stopping Swansea.

Editor's Prediction

Having won their last three games including a memorable victory over Manchester City, the Swans will go into this full of confidence.
A midweek loss to Arsenal seem's to have dimmed the optimism at Goodison Park after David Moyes' 10th anniversary in charge.
Expect a home win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Swansea City

Everton

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
60%
19%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
2 - 0
Everton FC EVE
Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 0
Everton FC EVE
Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 2
Everton FC EVE

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