Super Sunday continues from The Liberty Stadium as Swansea welcome back former Manager Roberto Martinez and his vibrant Everton side.
Swansea go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw away at Norwich last weekend. It’s been a steady first half of the season for The Jacks with them currently in mid table and through to the last 32 of the Europa League and now without the distraction of Europe for a couple of months, Michael Laudrup has a bit more time on his hands to plan for the Premier League. It’s fair to say we haven’t seen Swansea play the fluent football we’ve become used to at times this season, but you only have to look at the 3-0 win at Valencia to know that they can pose a threat against anyone, which will be needed for the upcoming games against Everton, Chelsea and Man City.
Everton travel to Swansea in 5th place and just 1 point behind Man City in 4th. The Toffees have lost just 1 league game all season and are unbeaten in their last 9. Roberto Martinez will hope to carry on this great December where Everton have taken 7 points from a possible 9 and that includes trips to Old Trafford and The Emirates. Blues fans are buoyant at the moment and every game seems to look winnable for them. Gerard Deulofeu’s hamstring injury last Saturday was the only sour note on what’s been a fantastic couple of weeks for Everton and with the up coming fixtures, it looks like its likely to get even better.
Swansea will be without Nathan Dyer after her was stretchered off at Norwich last weekend and Michel Vorm has brought his knee surgery forward so Gerhard Tremmel will begin a lengthy stint between the sticks. Leon Osman may keep his place after a decent goalscoring performance last weekend. Kevin Mirallas should return in place of Deulofeu whom he replaced last Saturday.
Last season Everton ran riot here and came away with a 3-0 victory, a Nathan Dyer red card heaped the misery on Swansea that day. I don’t feel it will be as easy this time round for Everton but I am expecting them to come away with all 3 points.
Who to Watch
Swansea: Michu – quiet season by his standard, will be eager to get the critics off his back on Sunday.
Everton: Romelu Lukaku – Belgian powerhouse will relish the battle with Ashley Williams.
Swansea 0-3 Everton
Swansea 1-2 Everton