Preview - Swansea City vs Everton 14 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Swansea City vs Everton
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Liberty Stadium

Swansea City: 
Last five matches form: W D L L D
Average goals per match: 0.81
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (6)

Everton:
Last five matches form: L W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.15
Average goals against per match: 1.61
Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (10)

Given the position they were in earlier in the season, Swansea City have done remarkably well to have their destiny in their own hands as we approach the closing stages of the campaign. The fact that they do is testament to the work done by Carlos Carvajal since taking over at the helm. The Swans still have to work to do though with six games to go, as their current total of 32 points seems unlikely to be enough to keep them up. The welcome Everton to the Liberty on Match Day 34.

Angel Rangel, Leroy Fer, Wilfired Bony and Renato Sanches remain out for Swansea, whilst Make van der Hoorn is a doubt. On the plus side top scorer Jordan Ayew returns to the side following suspension.

No real new injury concerns for the Toffees who continue to be without key midfielders James McCarthy and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Swansea need the points more than Everton and have been in good form at home of late, winning their last four at the Liberty in the league.

Everton  have been largely poor on their travels. They did win away at Stoke last time to arrest a five game away losing streak, but were aided by the early sending off of Charlie Adam that day.

Everton don't seem a team in love with life at the minute and may well donate a useful three points to the Swansea cause here.


Prediction: Swansea City 2 - 1 Everton

Harry85


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 17 - 12
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 51% - 49%

One goal apiece and one booking apiece too. Lee Mason showing yellow to Jordan Ayew of Swansea and Beni Baningime for Everton.

Swansea just shaded this on the stats, but bearing in mind they looked like losing at one stage, and that Everton hit the woodwork, a draw was probably just about a fair result in the end.

After a rather tame opening period, we looked to be headed into the break goalless. That didn't quite happen though as Everton took the lead in slightly fortuitous circumstances in the 43rd minute.

Lukasz Fabianski saving well from Yannick Bolasie, and again from Idrissa Gana Gueye on the rebound, only for the ball to then ricochet up onto Kyle Naughton's head and head goalwards. An attempted goal line clearance didn't get there in time and the Toffees headed into the break a goal to the good.

Swansea had to wait until the 71st minute for their equaliser, despite being the better side after half time. There was again an element of fortune to the goal though.

Tom Carroll's scuffed shot from the edge of the area turning into a perfect ball to find Jordan Ayew on the left side of the area. One touch and one volleyed finish into the far bottom corner and we were all square.

Seamus Coleman nearly won it for Everton when hitting the bar from close range following a cross from Cenk Tosun, but that would have been slightly cruel on the home side. 1-1 final score.

This looks a missed opportunity for the Swans. With Palace and Huddersfield winning they now look the most vulnerable should Southampton or Stoke City discover a bit of form. That said, a points a point and they have now opened up a five point gap to the bottom three.

This point sees Everton remain in ninth, with the gap to eighth placed Leicester City being cut to just the one point.

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