Swansea City v Everton - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 22nd December 2013 at 16:00. Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Odds: Swansea City 21/10, Draw 12/5, Everton 6/4

Last season: 0-3

Preview & injury news

Roberto Martinez returns to one of his former clubs with Everton, who are just one point off a Champions League place, and just four points off the top, having only lost one league game all season, they could go as high as second if results go their way this weekend. Swansea are sure to provide a tough test for the Toffees having only lost one of their last seven meaning they are sitting in 10th spot in the table with their home form improving as Michael Laudrup looks to consolidate and build on the success of last season.

As far as injuries are concerned, Swansea's latest blow came with the injury that Nathan Dyer picked up in last weekend's draw at Norwich City after he went over on his ankle. Leon Britton could be ok to play in midfield after he had an ankle problem whilst Chico Flores could also take part for the Swans after struggling with a knee problem. Gavin Monk is out until around New Year whilst Alvaro Vasquez's groin problem is likely to keep him out until just after Christmas. 

For Everton, Gerard Deulofeu is out for a month after tearing his hamstring in the win over Fulham. Tony Hibbert could fit enough to be part of the squad after a knee problem whilst this game may be too early for Leighton Baines as he recovers from his fractured toe. Arouna Kone is out for the season whilst Darron Gibson is also a long way off from being considered fit enough for first team duties.

Key stats

Wilfried Bony and Nathan Dyer are Swansea City's top scorers in the league this season with four goals each.

Romelu Lukaku is Everton's top scorer in the league this season with eight goals.

Swansea City had 62% possession in their last league match, a 1-1 draw away against Norwich City.

Everton had 58% possession in their last league match, a 4-1 home win against Fulham.

5 players to watch

Leon Britton - It would be good for the Swans if Britton is fit enough to face up to what has been a very strong and competitive Everton midfield this season, as his simple one and two-touch play can help the home side get a grip on the game.

Leon Osman - With young Deulofeu sidelined, Osman is the likely candidate to take his place in an advanced role as a playmaker. Having scored against Fulham he will he looking to build on that with a good display at the Liberty Stadium.

Ashley Williams - Williams is likely to have the job of marshalling Romelu Lukaku which is not going to be an easy task for the Welshman. He'll have to be at his best on what is sure to be a difficult afternoon for the Swansea defence.

Kevin Mirallas - Mirallas has the ability to come up with something special that can be telling on the outcome of the game whether it be a dazzling run, a cross or even a goal. His role in the Everton side is understated and he may well come up with the goods here.

Michu - Given the prolific first season he had in the Premier League, he will be disappointed with his goal return of two in the league so far this season. Although he has had injury problems this season, he will be keen to improve that goal tally.

Last time they met

Everton 0-0 Swansea City,Premier League January 2013

Everton did most of the creating but failed to break Swansea down in this goalless draw at Goodison Park. The Blues were dreaming of Champions League whilst the Swans were having a pretty impressive season of their own. Swansea hit the bar through a Michu attempt but Nikicia Jelavic had a few chances for Everton that he couldn't put away, meaning it was the first time in 19 games that Everton hadn't scored in 19 league games. 

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