Everton can jump back into the table’s top ten should they top Swansea City when the two meet at Goodison Park live at 8:30 a.m. on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Toffees have struggled to produce three points on enough occasions, especially at home where they have just three wins all season for their home fans to savor.
Part of that has been down to injuries, with James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman the notable absentees today. The pair are both nearly fit, with McCarthy out since November and Coleman having missed the last three matches, but neither can make the squad today. Also defender Phil Jagielka, who played three matches last week, has been rested for today.
One man in form is Kevin Mirallas, who hasn’t played much this season, but scored in his last appearance, a full 90 minutes in the 3-3 draw against Chelsea, so he gets the start again today, just his fourth start of the season.
Swansea have no new injury concerns, but they are missing Bafetimbi Gomis who is attending the birth of a child, the club confirmed this morning. The biggest change for the Swans is their new manager Francesco Guidolin, who was appointed midweek to take over for interim manager Alan Curtis, as the Italian comes in with the club sitting in 17th, just a single point above the relegation zone. He has made just one change to the squad, with Angel Rangel coming into right-back for Kyle Naughton.
The Swans have never beaten Everton in league play, with eight draws and 13 losses in 21 tries.
Everton: Howard, Baines, Stones, Funes Mori, Oviedo, Barry, Besic, Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.
Subs: Robles, Kone, Lennon, Cleverley, Osman, Pienaar, Coleman.