Swansea City and Everton will both be looking to continue their recent good form when they meet at the Liberty Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Bafetimbi Gomis will again be the man who will aim to make an impact here for the home side, having scored three goals in victories over Aston Villa and Hull City. The French striker is proving why he was so highly sought after while at Lyon, and that Swansea can thrive after losing Wilfried Bony.
Manager Garry Monk is now very close to achieving the club’s highest number of points since being promoted to the Premier League in 2011. With his work also leading to an excellent defensive record that has gone under the radar, he must be an outsider in the race for Manager of the Season.
Three wins in a row have propelled Everton to the security of 12th place, and ended any concerns over the possibility of being dragged into a relegation dogfight, and Tim Howard had to produce his best display for some time against Southampton, and he will be required again should Gomis maintain his fine form.
The Toffees love playing in South Wales. Despite a 3-0 loss in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, they have won on all three of the previous Premier League visits to Swansea. Ross Barkley won it for his side last season, and he will be part of a key battle with the in-form Jonjo Shelvey.
Kyle Naughton is out for the rest of the season for Swansea, so Angel Rangel is likely to take his place at right-back. Loanee Tom Carroll is also missing.
Everton are likely to be without Aiden McGeady, and also have doubts over top scorer Romelu Lukaku. Also set to miss out are Tony Hibbert and Darron Gibson.
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