Monk looking forward to Everton visiting Swansea

Swansea City manager Garry Monk is excited at coming up against Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez when the teams meet in the Capital One Cup, Sky Sports has reported.

Monk played with Martinez during the Spaniard’s time at Swansea and then under Martinez when he returned to the club as manager in his first posting. He later left for Wigan Athletic and then moved on to the Toffees while Monk replaced Michael Laudrup in the Liberty Stadium dugout midway through last season.

Everton twice beat Swansea last year – winning 2-1 in Wales and 3-2 at Goodison Park – and Monk is anticipating another even encounter. “It’s always great to see Roberto,” he said. “I know him very well and I know he will want to win the game like I will want to win the game.

“It will be a good cup tie – it will be an interesting one,” Monk continued. “We are at home, I am sure the fans will be right up for it and hopefully we can get the right result. We know how Roberto sets up and he knows how we set up.

“We have played against them a lot of times now and they will always be good games, but hopefully we can come out on top this time because their record here is something we need to put right.

“Everton are a good footballing side but we won the League Cup a couple of years ago and know how good it can be.”

Goals from Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley, either side of a Bryan Oviedo own goal, gave Everton the points when the sides met at the Liberty in December 2013. Barkley is however a long-term injury absentee while Coleman sat out Everton’s weekend defeat to Crystal Palace, and Oviedo has been missing since January after breaking his leg, although he could be in line to return.

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