Under Michael Laudrup this Swansea side have become quite difficult to beat — especially at the Liberty Stadium. In the last three games only Manchester City have gotten out of Wales with the win, and that was a tough game as it will be for high-flying Everton.
For this game though Everton holds the upper hand historically with no defeats in their 17 meetings in all competitions. Everton have actually won 12 of those meetings with the other five ending in tied games.
That combined with the absence of Nathan Dyer, Michel Vorm and Michu are all out to make the attempt to change history that much tougher. The Swans’ Manager will hope to play on the heartstrings of Everton Manager, Roberto Martinez, who started his managerial career at the Liberty Stadium.
Everton have their own injury concerns with Gerard Deulofeu, Leighton Baines and Tony Hibbert all unlikely to recover for the trip on Sunday. A win for the Toffeemen, depending on Saturday’s results, could see them enter into the top four spot. If they do, then a win for Arsenal against Chelsea on Monday night will see them stay there over Christmas.
Even a defeat here will see them stay fifth which is fantastic for the Everton fans. From there it would be a case as to how much money might be available in the second half of the season in order to strengthen the side. That question is much more important I think than where they find themselves over this festive period.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sports and The Sports Column. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.