Everton vs Swansea City Match Preview

Venue: Goodison Park

Date: 18/12/2017

Kick-off: 20:00 (BST)

Match

Everton prepare to square off against Swansea City at Goodison Park on Monday night and the Toffees will be looking to continue their unbeaten run since the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager.

The feel good factor at Everton has returned once again following the arrival of Allardyce and they moved into the top half of the table for the first time this season with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United last weekend.

Everton will now surely be looking forward to continue their momentum and with a clash against struggling Swansea City coming up next, the Merseyside outfit should be confident of their chances.

Everton Team News

Considering the gritty performances from his side over the past few weeks, Allardyce is unlikely to be making too many changes to the starting lineup.

The defence should consist of Mason Holgate, Ashley Williams and Jonjoe Kenny once again while Leighton Baines could return to the starting lineup in place of Cuco Martina after recovering from injury.

In midfield, Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin are expected to continue their solid partnership while the likes of Aaron Lennon, Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson will complete the attacking midfield trio.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has performed admirably in leading the Everton attack over the past few weeks and he is expected to continue doing so against Swansea as well.

The likes of Tom Davies, Ademola Lookman, Nikola Vlasic and Oumar Niasse are the other options available to Allardyce while Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy and Ross Barkley all remain sidelined.

Probable Lineups

Everton (Probable XI): Pickford; Baines, Holgate, Williams, Kenny; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Rooney; Calvert-Lewin

Swansea City (Probable XI): Fabianski; Olsson, Mawson, Fernandez, Naughton; Mesa, Clucas, Ki Sung-Yueng, Dyer; Bony

Last Meeting

06/05/2017         Swansea City 1 – 0 Everton

19/11/2016         Everton 1 – 1 Swansea City

Prediction

Everton have really struggled against Swansea over the past few seasons and the Toffees are currently winless against the Swans in seven encounters.

While the record is a bit worrying, Everton head into encounter knowing that they are in good form and that their opponents are really struggling at the moment. The match should be a tight affair but expect Allardyce’s men to grind out another victory on the night.

Everton 2 – 1 Swansea City

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