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Everton v Swansea City: Allardyce's men to keep Welsh visitors at bay

10:14 GMT 18/12/2017
Wayne Rooney Everton
The Toffees have shown impressive defensive discipline in recent matches and our tipster is backing the Toffees to shut out the shot-shy Swans here

Monday’s Premier League football comes from Merseyside as Everton welcome Swansea City to Goodison Park.

The Toffees are unbeaten under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce and will be confident of claiming a fifth win in six matches when they play host to the struggling Swans; indeed, the hosts are as short as 3/4 (1.75) with Betfair Sportsbook to maintain momentum by picking up all three points here.

Paul Clement’s charges bagged a crucial victory against West Bromwich Albion earlier this month but endured a thumping 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday night and, having been beaten in seven of their last nine league matches, the Swans have slumped to the foot of the Premier League table.

A win in this one would certainly offer Swansea a significant fillip in their battle to beat the drop and Betfair Sportsbook offer 9/2 (5.50) that Clement’s charges come out on top in this one, while the same firm go 27/10 (3.70) that the Swans secure a share of the spoils on their visit to Merseyside.

Clement, though, will be acutely aware of his side’s wretched record on the road so far this season; indeed, Swansea have suffered defeat in each of their last five Premier League fixtures away from Liberty Stadium and have scored just four away goals thus far.

Everton had conceded in 19 of their 20 matches in all competitions before their recent upturn in fortunes, but the Toffees have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five matches, with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah the only man to breach their defence in that time.

The shot-shy Swans, therefore, may struggle to make much of an impact on Merseyside and Betfair Sportsbook offer even money (2.0) that the Toffees shut out Swansea, while the same firm go 3/4 (1.75) that either side fails to find the net.

With five goals in his last four appearances for Everton, Wayne Rooney will be keen to continue his personal scoring streak and the former England captain can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) to score the opening goal of this game, or the price of 15/8 (2.88) for the 32-year-old striker to score at any time is tempting.

Better value, though, may lie in backing Rooney's defensive teammates to keep struggling Swansea City at bay and keep yet another clean sheet, with the even money (2.0) quote for the Toffees to hold firm looking good value to provide punters with a path to profit ahead of Monday’s match at Goodison Park.

Everton to keep a clean sheet at even money (2.0) for a 1pt stake with Betfair