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Everton 3-1 Swansea: Dominant second half has Toffees up to ninth

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Don’t look now, but Sam Allardyce‘s side are up to ninth place in the Premier League.

Everton managed a 3-1 comeback victory on Monday night against Swansea City, behind finishes by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney.

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Since taking over managerial duties at Goodison Park at the end of November, Allardyce and his side are unbeaten in five matches (4W, 1D).

Rooney continued his long-time status as one of the PL’s top goalscorers when he notched his 10th finish of the year in all competitions. The ex-Manchester United forward scored from the penalty spot with over 15 minutes remaining in the second stanza, after previously having a spot-kick attempt saved.

The former Swansea midfielder, Sigurdsson, gave the hosts the lead in the 63rd minute, after brilliantly cutting in on his preferred right foot and curling a shot into the far corner.

The Toffees had pulled level just moments before halftime, when Calvert-Lewin scored on a rebound from Wayne Rooney’s penalty kick.

Despite getting a hand to the initial save, and pushing it off the post, Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski couldn’t keep the follow up out by the young Englishman.

Leroy Fer tapped home for Swansea nine minutes before halftime after the Everton backline left the attacker wide open at the far post for his first goal of the season.

The Swans were forced to make a substitution after just four minutes when striker Wilfried Bony pulled up lame on the touchline. Leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham — currently on loan from Chelsea — came on to replace the veteran Ivorian.

The two sides will be back in action on Saturday when the Toffees host Chelsea, while Swansea takes on fellow bottom-half side Crystal Palace.

Premier League Preview: Everton vs. Swansea City

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Everton hopes its up-turn in form can end three seasons of futility against visiting Swansea City when the two sides meet at Goodison Park on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Gylfi Sigurdsson gets a chance to face his former club for the first time, while longtime Swans man Ashley Williams may also feature for Sam Allardyce.

Swansea has no time to focus on the past, as Paul Clement‘s men sit deep in the drop zone. The last place Swans are four points shy of safety.

What they’re saying

Everton’s Ashley Williams on facing his former club (again)“The game is a little bit more important to me, I would be lying I said it wasn’t. You always want to play against your old teams and it’s a fixture you always look for.  I have been looking forward to this one and it will be nice to see old faces and old friends. It is a game we want to win and to keep a clean sheet in, especially at home, in order to keep our momentum going.”

Swansea City’s Roque Mesa on the match“This is a massive game for us. We need to pick up points because we are bottom and we need to improve our position. Everton have a new manager and their players have done very well under him – you can see their confidence has grown since he joined. But we did well against West Brom and picked up three points, which was very important. Then we faced Manchester City and they proved too good for us. They are the best team in the league, and unfortunately, we couldn’t match them on the night.”

Prediction

Swans need to move past that Man City loss and build on a 1-0 win over West Brom a few days previous. That may not be possible at Goodison, and the Welsh side would be thrilled to escape with a draw. It seems unlikely. Everton 2-1.

Saints smash defenseless Everton

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Charlie Austin‘s brace led Southampton’s riot, as Saints broke free in a 4-1 win over moribund Everton at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

Dusan Tadic had a goal and an assist for Saints, and Steven Davis also scored.

It was Austin’s first brace since Oct. 16, 2016, in a 3-1 Saints win over Burnley.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a wonderful goal for Everton, but the Toffees’ continued goal hemorrhage leaves it a beautiful footnote.

Southampton is now 10th with 16 points, while Everton is 16th (two points above the drop zone).

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Jordan Pickford collected an early Steven Davis free kick as the hosts opened with more promise.

A corner came soon after, and Charlie Austin slipped in a wide-open bid to score from the back post.

Everton countered in the 10th, and Kevin Mirallas mishit a shot wide of the frame.

Austin then hit a leaping side volley off the outside of the netting, as entertainment was no issue at St. Mary’s.

Saints found their finish in the 18th minute, as Tadic completed a fine team play. Working as the final piece of a break, Tadic held off a 50/50 challenge and a charging Pickford to collect and scoot Ryan Bertrand‘s cross across the line.

Sigurdsson leveled the score for Everton as the first half drew to a close, swirling an intoxicating shot over Fraser Forster and off the cross bar, far post, and cross bar again before nestling inside the near post.

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Great goals weren’t limited to the opening half, as Sofiane Boufal‘s cute cross was turned under the bar by Austin early in the second.

A similar goal came minutes later, this time assisted by Tadic, as Austin cruised between Ashley Williams and Michael Keane to make it a two-goal advantage.

Davis made it 4-1 in the 87th minute, a terrific spinning finish from atop the 18. Blowout.

VIDEO: Sigurdsson scores stunning three-bar equalizer

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Everton’s bungled first half turned into a thing of beauty via one moment from its big Icelandic purchase.

Gylfi Sigurdsson worked himself a bit of 45th minute space before ripping a swirling shot that hit the cross bar, far post, then cross bar again before nestling inside the far post to make it 1-1 at St. Mary’s.

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It was Sigurdsson’s first Premier League goal for the Toffees since arriving from Swansea, and his second overall. The first was also astonishing stuff dating back to a September date in the Europa League against Hajduk Split.

Watch Live: Leicester City vs. Everton

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Gylfi Sigurdsson is out of caretaker manager David Unsworth‘s starting lineup as Everton visits Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at Noon ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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Morgan Schneiderlin is also out of the XI after missing at midweek with sickness, as is League Cup deputy Beni Baningime.

Leicester moves in-form striker Shinji Okazaki to the bench with Islam Slimani and Kelechi Iheanacho.

LINEUPS

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Ndidi, Iborra, Chilwell, Gray, Mahrez, Vardy. Subs: Hamer, Dragovic, King, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Slimani, Okazaki.

Everton: Pickford, Baines, Williams, Jagielka, Kenny, Gana Gueye, Davies, Lennon, Mirallas, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Robles, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Niasse, Holgate, Lookman, Baningime.

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