Swansea v Everton: Preview, Team News & Odds

Updated: December 21, 2011

Everton travel to Swansea to take on Brendan Rodgers high-flying promoted side with both teams coming into this game on the back of draws; kick off at 8pm.

David Moyes will feel his side should have gotten more out of his side’s last game against Norwich, after dominating possession but failing to make too many clear cut chances.

A late Leon Osman goal secured the equaliser to ensure that Everton went into the Christmas period with a draw instead of a defeat and Moyes can take heart in his sides battling spirit.

The substitute appearances of Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursie against Norwich may encourage Moyes to start the two on-loan players, with Drenthe looking particularly threatening as the Real Madrid man had a hand in setting up Everton’s equaliser.

Everton are favourites at Betfair.com to win this game as their away record is decent this season but Swansea have only lost one game at home to Manchester United so a draw at 4 with Betfair.com might be a good shout.

Everton will be without Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman who both missed Saturday’s game with Norwich due to hamstring and thigh injuries respectively but Coleman is more likely to make a return and could possibly start on the bench against the Swans.

David Moyes has recently rubbished talk of Rodwell leaving in January but the likelihood of the young English midfielder leaving seems more and more possible as Everton badly need the money for more re-investment in their team.

Swansea are without Nathan Dyer for Everton’s visit as the electric paced winger picked up a foot injury in his side’s 0-0 draw away to Newcastle but Rodgers will be boosted by the return of full-back Angel Rangel, who has recovered from an ankle injury.

This match brings together the two lowest scoring sides in the Premier League; only QPR and Wigan have fewer goals, but Everton are good on the road while Swansea have been solid at home which should make for an interesting tie.

With Everton’s lack of fire power, they may find it difficult to break Swansea down as Rodgers’ side have kept eight clean sheets this season; a feat only equalled by Man United so far in the campaign.

Swansea are currently one point ahead of the Toffees in the league but a win at home could push the newly promoted side into the top half for Christmas; a present all Swans fans would surely be grateful of.

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