Everton and Swansea face off this Sunday in an interesting battle of the clubs at the lower half of the table. While Everton will look to get into the top 10, Swansea will be looking to stay clear of the relegation zone.
Everton welcome the pair of James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman to training, but with such limited football, they look unlikely to feature in the game. While McCarthy has been out since November, Coleman comes back after facing 3 games out.
Swansea are with a new manager in former Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin, and Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that the Italian is not to be taken lightly.
“Francesco has got a long, long career in Italian football and previously in French football,” Martinez told the Premier League ahead of the game.
“His experience is second to none”
Romelo Lukaku has been in top form this season, with 15 goals and 5 assists already. There have plenty of transfer speculations surrounding his departure from Everton, but Martinez told the BBC that he has clearly has no intention of selling him.
“We are not going to even consider losing a member of our squad who has been important and will be important for second half of the season” Martinez confirmed with the press.
Swansea meanwhile, just climbed out of the relegation zone after a hard fought victory against Watford last weekend, with coach Guidolin watching the game from the stands.
Swansea have no injury concerns ahead of the game, and the new head coach will most likely retain the same team that defeated Watford to carry on this momentum.
Swansea have never beaten Everton in the league, drawing eight and losing 13 of their 21 meetings. Swansea midfielder Leon Britton emphasized how crucial it was to break that duck, but he said that going there not to lose is more important.
“We’d love to try and put an end to that and beat them in the league – but I think the main thing for us is to go there and not lose, and the win on Monday will certainly give us confidence” he told the press.
Everton vs Swansea, English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 24 January 2016
Time: 13:30 (UK Time)
Venue: Goodison Park
Live Stream: Live Soccer TV