Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Everton

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  • Swansea has never beat Everton in the league
  • Gomis has 3 goals in last 2 PL matches
  • Everton has 5 shutout in their last 10 games

Swansea City host Everton on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with the Swans aiming for a third-straight win and the Toffees searching for a fourth-successive victory.

Garry Monk’s Swansea side need one more win to reach their best ever points tally in Premier League history as they push on towards the top seven, while Everton are sitting pretty in midtable after an up and down season saw them crash out of the Europa League at the last 16 stage after their league form was impacted. Everton boss Roberto Martinez used to play with Monk at Swansea and then made Monk his captain when he managed Swansea, so both these managers know each other well and their sides play similar brands of attractive soccer.

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Swansea will be without Kyle Naughton but winger Jefferson Montero could make a comeback. Everton will likely be missing Romelu Lukaku once again, while Tony Hibbert, Brian Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady are all out.

What they’re saying

Monk on Swansea getting a record points tally: “A lot of people have questioned in recent weeks what we have to play for. It (points total) was one of the targets we set at the start of the season and we have a great chance to do that. We have seven games to go, we are one point behind it and hopefully we’ll surpass that and push on from there.”

Tim Howard on stopping Gomis: “Gomis is a top striker. He seems to be doing well of late and we will have our work cut for us. But we are playing resiliently at the moment and hopefully that will continue. We are going down there wanting to make it four straight wins. We feel good and one of the positives about playing well and getting results is you gain that air of confidence back. You go into each game high on life and looking to hopefully get another result.”

Prediction

Both teams are flying high and on the surface don’t have much to play for… But with players clamoring for starting spots and both sides eager to finish the season strongly, expect an entertaining game at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea will do a lot of the pressing but Everton’s defense has improved drastically in recent weeks. I am going for the Toffees to nick this one, 2-1.