The Swans have a terrible record against Everton,- Michael Laudrup’s side have failed to score in all four Premier League meetings against Everton, losing three and drawing one.
Roberto Martinez’s side have never lost to Swansea, and with the form of the current crop of players the 6/4 on the away win looks well worth a wager this weekend.
You could be forgiven for forgetting that just over six months ago Roberto Martinez got Wigan relegated from the Premier League.
The Spaniard has since breathed a new lease of life into an Everton team who seems to have found their level around sixth place in the league under David Moyes with some astute personnel changes and a freer attacking side which makes the most of his team’s flair.
Regardless of the fact he sent Wigan down with an FA Cup many questioned the appointment of the former Swansea boss at Everton but as they sit four points off the top and having turned in a performance worthy of a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Emirates and beating Manchester United at Old Trafford already this month, few would doubt Martinez’s credentials now.
The former Swans player is indeed given much credit for the success new man Michael Laudrup has most recently built upon but the supporters are likely to put that to one side as his arrival since leaving for Wigan has always been cause for raising the decibels a few notches in the Liberty Stadium.
The attacking style of Martinez’s Everton may be seen as the greatest departure from Moyes but the defence is perhaps even more robust that under the Scot having conceded the joint fewest goals in the league, along with Southampton, so far with 15.
The Toffees have also lost just once this term and have already kept eight clean sheets meaning that Laudrup’s stuttering strike force will be up against it.
Former Martinez roomate at the Swans Leon Britton suggested that Everton’s style may suit the Welsh side as they prefer a more fluid than physical opponent but that may just be wishful thinking as the presence of Romelulu Lukaku up front, Gareth Barry in midfield and the goal threat of Everton’s defenders mean the Merseysiders can mix it up if needs be.
The absence of on-loan Barcelona attacker Gerard Deulofeu may weaken Martinez’s options slightly but the return of James McCarthy from suspension mean that Everton will be in fine form going forward.
The absence of Nathan Dyer who has scored three times in his last six appearances will be felt but there will also be relief that the ankle ligament damage was not a break as first feared.
Britton and Chico Flores may return for the Swans as well but any hopes the home side have is likely to be on Michu or Wilfred Bony finding their form as they need to begin to score more goals if they are to push on to equal or better last yea’s ninth place finish.