Everton's season has taken a while to get going, but the signs are that they could be clicking into gear now.
Two wins in a row, against Aston Villa and Burnley, have raised spirits at Goodison Park and the side are now in the top-half of the table.
It means they face Swansea City this season full of confidence, but the Welsh side have also proven their quality this season.
The Swans campaign has slowed in recent weeks, but they were comfortable winners against Leicester in their last Premier League match and they will be hoping to build on this victory when they travel to Merseyside.
It promises to be one of the more aesthetically pleasing games in that English football has to offer, with both teams putting a precedence on passing football.
This is shown in the statistics, where they both have completed a high amount of passes, but it is Everton who have the edge in this area.
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This is sure to please Roberto Martinez, as it is an area of the game he prides his team on being successful, and having greater passing accuracy than Swansea is an achievement for any side.
Everton have also been more productive when they have been in possession, creating a number of more shooting opportunities.
Despite the Toffees' defensive woes, which plagued the early part of their season, they have also managed to prove tougher to break down than their Welsh opponents.
It is a surprising statistic, but it is not reflected in the two side's goals against column. Swansea have only conceded 10 goals so far, compared to Everton's 17, yet Lukas Fabianski has had to face more shots than Tim Howard.
Martinez will be hoping that Everton's opponents start to be less ruthless as the season goes on, as they look to tighten up at the back and push on up the table.
They will have to show their defensive qualities at the weekend, too, as Swansea are a team who are able to create chances with their quality in possession and this game may be decided by which team defend better against the opposition's creative outlets.