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  • 24 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
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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.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
-Garry MonkManager/Coach
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
-Mark GowerMidfielder
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
Players to Watch
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 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.
Tony Hibbert
Tony Hibbert
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 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.
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.
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