In what should be a game that sees two of the most entertaining teams in action, high-flying Swansea City will face a buoyant Everton side at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Swansea City come off the back of a shock defeat at Vicarage Road, sitting in eighth on the league table, just below Saturday’s opponents on goal difference. Garry Monk’s Swans made an impressive start to the league at Champions Chelsea coming away with a 2-2 draw, went on to win three of their next four games in all competitions including a home win against Manchester United. With a 100% win record at home, the Swans have the ability to beat anyone on their day in front of their home crowd, which makes for an interesting clash come Saturday evening.
Everton make the trip to South Wales following a fantastic win against the reigning Champions at home, in a game where the Blues from Merseyside proved they can cut it at the top end of the table (provided they can sustain the momentum and continuity in their performances). Roberto Martinez will love to see happen on Saturday evening. Unbeaten in their travels so far, a trip to the Liberty Stadium could arguably be their sternest test thus far but the manager has sounded confident and appreciative of the way his side has settled into a rhythm, so early into the season.
“I do [think we have a squad to compete],” he said. “I feel the characters we have are hungry, desperate for success, desperate to push each other and we have competition for places now that we didn’t have before. The football demands of being at your best or someone else will take your place allows you to be competitive and I think the squad is ready for that. The mentality has been right for a long time. Now it’s about getting momentum and good continuity.”
Garry Monk will be hoping to see Jefferson Montero involved on Saturday but otherwise he has a full squad to choose from.
Muhamed Besic and Seamus Coleman both have “a chance” of playing on Saturday according to Everton boss Roberto Martinez, despite limping off in last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea with hamstring problems.
- Swansea have won just one of their 23 meetings with Everton in all comps (D7 L15), although that win did come last season in the League Cup (3-0 at home).
- Everton have conceded just four goals in their eight Premier League clashes with the Swans (W5 D3).
- The Welsh side have lost three of their four PL meetings with Everton at the Liberty Stadium (D1), netting just two goals in the process.
- In last season’s Premier League, Jonjo Shelvey saw red against Everton at Goodison but then scored against the Toffees at the Liberty Stadium.
Key Men Comparison
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) v Ross Barkley (Everton)
Jonjo Shelvey and Barkley, the two young English central midfielders, have been pulling the strings for their respective sides playing a vital role in their teams right from the first game of the campaign. While Shelvey has had a solitary assist in 5 games, his counterpart has enjoyed a scintillating start to the season scoring twice and creating 3 more proving to be the most important player for Roberto Martinez 5 games into the season.
An end-to-end game can be expected from two young and energetic sides. Draw, for me. And not of the boring sort.
Swansea City 2-2 Everton