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Swansea City vs Everton: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Jake Jackman



Everton travel to face Swansea City in the late kick-off on Saturday and it is a match that will have major ramifications for the relegation battle. In the earlier meeting between the two clubs this season, the match ended level at Goodison Park.

The Swans have a good record against the Toffees in recent seasons and are unbeaten in the last six meetings. This should give them great confidence heading into the weekend, as there is no margin for error as they attempt to climb above Hull City.

It has been a disappointing season for Swansea as they have been in the relegation zone for most of the campaign. The decision to appoint Bob Bradley could have cost them their Premier League status, as they remain in the bottom three.

Paul Clement has done a good job since his arrival, but a run of six matches without a win allowed Hull City to climb above them. With only three matches to go, the Welsh club’s fate is no longer in their own hands, which makes this fixture a must win for them.

Gylfi Sigurdsson proved at Old Trafford that he is one of the best midfielders in the league and it is imperative that he delivers another great performance on Saturday.

At Everton, Ronald Koeman will still have faith that his team can finish in the top six, but it won’t be a disappointment if they don’t manage it. Arsenal have two matches in hand over the Toffees and it is looking increasingly likely that they will finish in 7th.

They have once again established themselves as the best of the rest and a Europa League place will be theirs.

It will be interesting to see their summer plans as they have a great opportunity to push on and challenge the top six, unlike seasons past when they didn’t have the finances required.

Romelu Lukaku looks set to leave, but no player is bigger than the club and there is a reason for optimism at Goodison Park.

Recent form

After a run of six matches without a victory, Swansea have managed to take four points from their last two matches and there is renewed confidence that they can avoid the drop.

Last weekend, they were the better team against Manchester United and arguably deserved more than a point. Although they didn’t take the three points, the performance has given the team momentum and they must deliver a similar performance this weekend.

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Everton have won only two of their last six matches and they are beginning to trail off as the season ends. They have one of the best attacks in the league, but they haven’t scored in their last two matches and that should boost Swansea. Ronald Koeman’s men haven’t won any of their last five away fixtures.

Predicted line-ups

Swansea won’t be planning many changes from the team that secured a draw against Manchester United. Martin Olsson could be recalled to provide some experience in the left back position. He also offers more going forwards than Stephen Kingsley.

Koeman could choose to go back to the 4-3-3 formation and recall Gareth Barry to play alongside Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies. The player most likely to drop out is Enner Valencia after a poor showing against Chelsea.

Team News

Jefferson Montero will be unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury last weekend. Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Angel Rangel all remain on the treatment table.

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Morgan Schneiderlin remains a week away from a return. Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy will also be missing.

Match Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 Everton

The end of the season matches are unpredictable as there are only a portion of teams that are playing for something substantial.

In this match, Swansea need a result a lot more than Everton and for that reason, they should be able to take at least a point.

They have a good record against the Toffees and can take a lot of confidence into the game after their excellent performance last weekend. Furthermore, Everton haven’t been great in their last few matches and are beatable.

In Sigurdsson and Llorente, the home side have two quality attackers. If they both fire, Swansea should have enough to take the three points.

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Summer signing Josh Bowler finally starting to look the part for Everton

The summer signing from QPR is starting look the real deal for Everton.



In the summer Everton made a number of new signings for the first-team, but what perhaps went under the radar was the improvements they made to the under-23 squad. One recruit signed with the future in mind was QPR attacker Josh Bowler.

As reported by Sky Sports, Everton paid the West London side £4.25 million for the talented winger, who signed a deal at the club until 2020.

He had previously played just 20 minutes of first-team football for QPR, so his signing did come as something of a surprise.

It is quite a financial outlay for a teenager and, looking at his statistics for the campaign, many Everton fans will be concerned he was a waste of money.

In 15 games for the Everton under-23s, the attacker managed to register zero assists or goals in what was an ultimately disappointing first season.

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However, in the recent 2-2 draw against Manchester United, Bowler summed up his season for the Everton youngsters.

The 19-year-old was easily Everton’s best player in the game. He tormented the Manchester United defence for 90 minutes with his direct style, pace and trickery. It was a tremendous performance which missed just two things, an end product and a bit of luck.

Bowler though is showing all the right attributes to become a future Everton star. After a slow start to the season, he has come into his own in the final weeks of the campaign and Everton fans can rightly start to get excited about their summer recruit.

What Bowler now has the perfect base to build on during the summer. He needs to bulk up a little to be a pertinent threat in the Premier League, which is where the summer can come in handy.

Staying fit and continued to improve are all Bowler really needs to do in order to prove himself a top talent in the Everton system.

At the moment, the trajectory is looking good for this 19-year-old talent.

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If Everton are serious about top four challenge they must battle rivals for Clement Lenglet

The Frenchman has been sublime for Sevilla this season and Everton need a new central defender.



After a summer of investment Everton‘s aim for this season was to challenge for the top four. It was a bold and ambitious plan which failed miserably.

They spent much of the first half of the campaign in the relegation reckoning, sacked their manager and have now limped their way to the top-half playing a dreadful brand of football under the guidance of Sam Allardyce.

It is fair to say, Everton fans are not happy.

Next season, the challenge again will be to try and compete with the Premier League’s elite.

But if Everton are going to do that, they need to improve one area of their team drastically – the defence.

Ashley Williams has been woeful this season and Everton fans would happily see the back of him.

Phil Jagielka does his best, but age is starting to get the better of him. Michael Keane took a while to settle following his move from Burnley.

Meanwhile, Ramiro Funes Mori has been injured most of the campaign and Mason Holgate has had an inconsistent season.

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A new centre-back is a must and, if Everton are serious about challenging for Europe, it needs to be a top defender.

Plenty are about at the moment, but the one which springs to mind for Everton is Sevilla star Clement Llenglet.

He caught the eye of English football fans after shackling Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford in the Champions League.

The Frenchman has been in fine form for the club this season and now Lenglet is being linked with a host of clubs.

One such team is Liverpool, and with good reason. Lenglet has a release clause in his contract at Sevilla which stands at just €30 million (£26.25 million) – according to Marca.

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Considering the price paid for the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Aymeric Alporte and John Stones after the past year that fee is an absolute bargain.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is expected to dig deep into his pockets again this summer as Everton look to mount a renewed campaign next season.

Beating the likes of Liverpool to Lenglet’s signature would be the biggest signal of intent yet that Everton are ready to push into the Premier League elite.

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Everton’s under-the-radar £6m signing Lewis Gibson is a star of the future

The England under-18 defender looks a star in the making for Everton.



Everton’s under-23s brought their season to an end this week with a 2-2 draw with Manchester United. It was not the campaign they would have wanted, after the brilliant PL2 title-winning season of 2016-17. But with David Unsworth stepping up to first-team duties earlier in the season and plenty of their stars from that season sent out on loan or joining the Everton first-team is what always going to be a tough one.

But in the final weeks of the campaign one player who has really stood out as an exceptional talent is 17-year-old defender Lewis Gibson.

His signature may have slipped by some Everton fans in the summer. The Toffees brought the England under-18 international to Finch Farm from Newcastle United. The fee for the player, according to the Liverpool Echo, could eventually rise to £6 million, so he was clearly identified as a top investment for the future.

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He has certainly looked the part this season.

Gibson has played 16 times for Everton’s under-23s this campaign, playing at both his preferred centre-back position and left-back. The talented defender was a member of the England under-17 team that won the World Cup last summer and he now looks like he could be the next great hope from the Everton youth system.

This summer he turns 18 and, given the standard he has showcased in the under-23s, he could genuinely start pushing for first-team football at Everton from next term.

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With the defence still an issue for Everton, improvements are likely in the summer. But Gibson should not be simply overlooked just because of his tender years.

Whilst he should not be a Premier League regular it would be great to see Gibson get game time in the League Cup and maybe find his way into the matchday squad on occasions next term.

Everton should not rush the defender, but if you are good enough then you are old enough. Gibson is starting to look like he could be the future of Everton’s defence and should get some reward from next season.

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