Everton were thrashed 3-0 by table-topping Chelsea in their last outing although Arsenal’s failure to manage anything from their derby match with Spurs mean that the Toffees remain hot on the Gunners’ heels with a mere two points separating the sides. Nevertheless Ronald Koeman’s men have played two more games and as such they must win all three of their remaining matches and hope that Arsenal’s opponents in the coming weeks do them a few favours.
We don’t really envisage this happening however. The Swans are in a battle against the drop into the Championship and time is fast running out for them with just three games left to play and two points separating them from safety. Indeed they could be some five points from safety by the time this match kicks off should relegation-rivals Hull City collect all three points at home to Sunderland earlier in the afternoon. As such they desperately need to win on Saturday, although the form book would suggest that this won’t be the case.
Swansea put to an end a three-game losing run by winning 2-0 against Stoke City in their last home match and they followed this with an excellent 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Draws won’t be enough to lift the Swans out of the bottom three however and wins are needed.
For their part, Everton have managed just four wins in their 17 Premier League games away from Goodison Park this season although they have avoided defeat in ten of those games. Indeed with the Toffees settling for a single point against teams in the lower reaches of the table, we’re expecting the spoils to be shared at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.
The Toffees can manage something for their troubles this weekend but looking at their record away from home we expect this to be a low-scoring affair. Everton scored no more than two goals in each of their last seven Premier League away games where they avoided defeat and the Swans have hardly been banging them in for fun, therefore don’t expect a goal-fest in South Wales on Saturday.