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  • 22 September 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Swansea - Everton Preview: Swans aiming for first ever victory over the Toffees

Swansea - Everton Preview: Swans aiming for first ever victory over the Toffees

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Michael Laudrup is looking for a swift return to form after defeat at Aston Villa last week, while Everton are hoping to pick up a first win in three Premier League games

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


SWANSEA CITY


Vorm
Rangel, Tate, A Williams, Davies
Britton, De Guzman
Michu
Routledge, Graham, Dyer

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Neville, Osman
Mirallas, Fellaini, Pienaar
Anichebe

Michael Laudrup is sweating on the fitness of defender Ashley Williams, who is fighting to recover from an ankle injury.

The Swans’ defence is already threadbare as they continue to be without the suspended Chico Flores, while Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Neil Taylor (ankle) are long-term injuries, but Gary Monk (back) could make it on to the bench.

If Williams recovers, the manager is likely to name the same side from their defeat at Aston Villa, with Pablo Hernandez awaiting his first start for the club.

Striker Nikica Jelavic (knee) is likely to miss out for Everton after colliding with the goalpost against Newcastle on Monday, meaning Victor Anichebe will come into the starting line-up.

David Moyes has no other new injury worries, with Darron Gibson (thigh) the only absentee, so the Toffees are likely to name a similar starting line-up that drew 2-2 with the Magpies on Monday.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea have never beaten Everton, losing 11 of their previous 15 clashes in all competitions
  • In their last seven trips to south Wales, the Toffees have scored at least twice
  • Swansea are joint top-scorers in the Premier League this season with 10, alongside Manchester United and Fulham
  • Everton have only tasted defeat once in their last 13 Premier League matches, winning seven and drawing five
  • Since August 2010 Leighton Baines is the top-scoring defender in the league with 10 goals
  • The Toffees need two more goals for their 7,000th strike in league football

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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
5MichuMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
18Phil NevilleMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
11Kevin MirallasStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
15Sylvain DistinDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
14Steven NaismithStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
Players to Watch
Nathan Dyer
Nathan Dyer
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 24-year-old bagged a brace in the Swans’ 5-0 opening day demolition of QPR and has looked in fine form since. With new signing Pablo Hernandez waiting in the wings and itching for a start, Dyer has had to up his game, and has been in impressive form.
Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Baines is one of the Premier League’s reliable ever-presents, and has a mean left foot to boot. The England international opened the scoring for the Toffees in Monday’s draw with Newcastle, and provides a continued threat from crosses and free-kicks alike.
Prediction
Michael Laudrup is keen to establish the Liberty Stadium as a fortress, and the Swans will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.

Everton have stuttered recently, picking up one point from their last two games after winning their opening two, but are always capable of getting a result. This is likely to be an open, entertaining encounter and the sides are hard to split.
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