20:00 GMT 18 December 2017
It’s the best time of year for football fans as the festive Premier League schedule gets busier and busier. After a full round of midweek fixtures last week, there’s just one this week, bottom of the table Swansea cross the border to face a rejuvenated Everton side. The hosts have broken into the top half under Sam Allardyce and sit 10th while Swansea are falling further and further away with four points between them and top-flight safety.
Swansea have endured a tough season so far and with just three wins, they are marooned in the bottom three. They have won just one of their last nine league games, a 1-0 victory over West Brom just over a week ago. They were taken apart in their last match by an imperious Manchester City side who came away from South Wales with a record-breaking 4-0 win. Swansea need to pick up their form if they want to stay up.
Swansea can take some confidence from their recent fixtures with Everton. The Toffees haven’t beaten them in the league since 2014 and the Swans won the last meeting in May. Fernando Llorente scored the only goal of the game with no reply from Everton. There have been four draws in the last six matches, two of them were goalless and two of them finished 1-1, fixtures between these two sides certainly don’t produce fireworks!
Everton can move into 9th if they beat Swansea and would be just a point behind Leicester in 8th. However, they have several injured players: Yannick Bolasie, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ross Barkley are all unavailable for Monday’s game.
Latest matches: Everton FC
|13.12.2017||Prem||Newcastle United||Everton FC||0:1||W|
|10.12.2017||Prem||Liverpool FC||Everton FC||1:1||D|
|07.12.2017||UEFA||Apollon Limassol FC||Everton FC||0:3||W|
|02.12.2017||Prem||Everton FC||Huddersfield Town||2:0||W|
|29.11.2017||Prem||Everton FC||West Ham United||4:0||W|
Three points would take Swansea 19th and just a point away from getting themselves out of the relegation zone. They will welcome the return of Wayne Routledge for the trip to Merseyside as their evergreen winger has recovered from the muscular problems he was faced with.
Latest matches: Swansea City
|13.12.2017||Prem||Swansea City||Manchester City||0:4||L|
|09.12.2017||Prem||Swansea City||West Bromwich Albion||1:0||W|
|02.12.2017||Prem||Stoke City||Swansea City||2:1||L|
|29.11.2017||Prem||Chelsea FC||Swansea City||1:0||L|
|25.11.2017||Prem||Swansea City||Bournemouth AFC||0:0||D|
With home advantage and a much stronger run of form, there is no doubt that Everton are massive favourites to secure all three points in this one. The hosts will look to punish Swansea’s defensive weaknesses and with the quality of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney supplying passes, it should be too much for the visitors to handle. The Toffees are expected to worsen the Swans’ struggles.
18 December 2017 - 20:00 GMT
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