Everton v Swansea City
David Moyes will be checking on the fitness of Leighton Baines who was withdrawn after 63 minutes against Cheltenham Town on Monday evening. Speaking after the final whistle at Whaddon Road, the Everton boss said: "Leighton's got a bad ankle problem which I need to watch and be careful with.”
It remains to be seen whether Kevin Mirallas will be fit enough to come back into contention after missing the last six matches with a hamstring problem. Darron Gibson (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) are definitely out.
Barring any fresh injuries in Wednesday evening’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea, Swansea will travel to Merseyside with a relatively clean bill of health. Left-back Neil Taylor has been a long-term absentee after breaking his ankle at the beginning of September.
Last outing: 5-1 (a) Cheltenham Town, Monday 7 January
Last six: DWWLWW
Everton are aiming to continue their perfect start to 2013 following the recent victories over Newcastle United and Cheltenham Town. The Blues are also looking to return to winning ways at Goodison Park after slipping to their first home defeat of the season against Chelsea just before the turn of the year. Three points will see Everton move back into the top four as long as Chelsea are beaten in their fixture at Stoke.
Last outing: 2-0 (a) Chelsea, Wednesday 9 January
Last six: DDWDDW
Swansea’s trip to Goodison Park is sandwiched in between commitments in two other competitions. The Jacks won 2-0 in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea on Wednesday evening and they will travel to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal next week in a third round replay in the FA Cup. Michael Laudrup’s team last won in the Premier League in their final outing of 2012 – a 2-1 victory away to Fulham. On the road, Swansea have won four, lost four and drawn two of their 10 Premier League away fixtures.
1. Everton boast a formidable record against the Swans having never lost a competitive fixture against them. The Blues won the first meeting between the clubs 5-1 in 1930 and have since recorded 10 more victories. There have also been four draws.
2. In Everton’s three Premier League meetings against Swansea, they have yet to concede a goal. The Blues have scored six times in those games – 1-0, 2-0 and 3-0 victories.
3. Saturday’s match marks a decade since Leon Osman made his senior Everton debut. He will become the 21st Evertonian to reach 10 years’ service. The longest Everton career was that of Ted Sager who played at Goodison Park for 22 years and 302 days – his first appearance was in January 1930 and final game in November 1952.
Swansea City 0-3 Everton, 22 September 2012.
Everton were comfortable winners in the corresponding fixture at the Liberty Stadium back in September. Victor Anichebe’s first goal of the season set the Blues on their way midway through the first half before Kevin Mirallas doubled the advantage just moments before the interval. As frustration set in amongst the hosts, Nathan Dyer was dismissed for a late lunge on Leighton Baines on 60 minutes and Everton capitalised on the numerical advantage when Marouane Fellaini sealed the three points with a late header.
Swansea City 0-3, 16 October 1982
Prior to last season, Everton went almost 30 years without playing Swansea due to the South Wales club’s exodus in the Football League. In 1982/83, the Swans were relegated from the top flight after finishing 21st in old Division One. Everton won 3-0 at the Vetch Field that season thanks to finishes from Steve McMahon and Kevin Richardson plus an own goal from former Wales international Nigel Stevenson.
Everton have only previously played twice on 12 January during David Moyes’ tenure as manager. Four years ago Joleon Lescott scored for the Blues in a 1-0 win against his future employers Manchester City at Goodison Park. Back in 2003 - in a game remembered for Leon Osman’s debut – Brian McBride, Steve Watson and Tomasz Radzinski were all on target in a narrow 4-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
The list of players who have represented Everton and Swansea City is pretty short, but one notable inclusion is that of Bob Latchford who scored over 100 goals for the Blues and just shy of 40 for the Jacks. Former midfielder Gary Stanley had spells at Goodison Park and the Vetch Field in the early 1980s, while ex-Toffee Terry Phelan had a single season with Swansea in 1986/87.
Tickets for the visit of Swansea are still available. To buy, click here , call 0871 663 1878 or visit the Park End Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square. For those who can’t make it to the game on Saturday afternoon, free live commentary will be available on evertonfc.com from 2.55pm.
Referee: P Dowd
Assistant Referee: G Beswick
Assistant Referee: D England
Fourth Official: D Drysdale
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Saturday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 4/7
Everton to win 2-0: 13/2
Everton to win and Seamus Coleman to score at any time: 10/1
Everton to win without conceding: 7/4
Steven Pienaar to score first: 8/1