Everton have never lost a Premier League match away to Swansea City, and they enter this latest visit in good shape after their memorable win over the champions last time out.
The hosts, meanwhile, have had a week to mull over an off-colour performance at Watford which condemned them to a first defeat of the season, failing to raise their game even after their opponents went down to 10 men. Even the Player of the Month for August, Andre Ayew, could not produce that piece of magic to help his side get something from the game, so Everton can expect some kind of a response from them here.
This match is likely to be won and lost in the wide areas, with Ayew set to provide another massive test to improving Toffees left-back Brendan Galloway, while the pace of Jefferson Montero on the other side may force Seamus Coleman to think twice about making those familiar runs forward in support of the attack. Swansea normally start quickly at home, so they will place a lot of emphasis on scoring an early goal to enable them to dictate the play from then on.
Right from the beginning, Everton looked a potent force as they added to Chelsea’s woes, but it was an early substitute who came away with all the plaudits. Steven Naismith proved an inspired choice to replace the injured Muhamed Besic and he took each of his chances superbly in front of a raucous crowd at Goodison Park. All of a sudden, the club are beginning to look a force again, and are ready to return to their objective of finishing in the top six.
And that is down to fact they have their passing rhythm back. Last season, they seemed devoid of ideas and often lacked leadership across the pitch in spite of the presence of a number of highly experienced players, but now they are playing with fluidity, evidenced by Naismith’s second goal last weekend, which was all down to a marvellous one-touch passing move. As Swansea like to play on the front foot, counter-attacking might be the name of the game here.
Swansea have a fully-fit squad to pick from, with Montero in line to return to the starting XI after recovering from a thigh problem.
Bryan Oviedo is absent for Everton, but Besic and Coleman may be able to play a part despite hamstring injuries.
Last Meeting: Jonjo Shelvey levelled from the penalty spot to earn Swansea a 1-1 draw and a share of the points, converting after Seamus Coleman had handled. The England midfielder had seen a goal ruled out in the first half for a foul in the build up, and had then seen Everton take the lead through Aaron Lennon, who fired past Lukasz Fabianski from a low cross.
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