Swansea v Everton
Darron Gibson (thigh) will again be missing for the Blues, while Nikica Jelavic is a serious doubt after suffering a knee injury in Monday night’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle. Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo could be in line to make his first Everton appearance.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is sweating on the fitness of several key men – including captain Ashley Williams – as he looks to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Aston Villa. The Dane is definitely without midfielder Kemy Agustien (calf), long-term injury victims Neil Taylor (ankle) and Kyle Bartley (thigh) and the suspended Chico.
Last outing: 2-2 (h) Newcastle, Monday 17 September
Last five: WWWLD
The Blues will be looking to get back to winning ways following Monday’s frustrating draw with Newcastle. That came on the back of a first defeat of the season at West Brom – a result which followed three successive victories. David Moyes’ men have drawn seven of their last 11 Premier League away games.
Last outing: 0-2 (A) Aston Villa, Saturday 15 September
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Following a 5-0 away rout of QPR on the opening day of the season, Swansea smashed three with no reply against West Ham and sent Barnsley packing in the Capital One Cup. A 2-2 draw at Sunderland saw them drop their first points of the campaign before last weekend's 2-0 reverse at Villa Park. New boy Michu scored in each of his first three Premier League games for the Swans.
1) Swansea have never beaten Everton in 15 meetings between the two sides. The Blues have won on 11 occasions, with the other four encounters ending in draws.
2) Just 25 minutes separated the first Goodison goal scored by legendary Everton striker Graeme Sharp and the last notched by outgoing hero Bob Latchford in the Blues' 3-1 win over the Swans in December 1981. The young Scot found the net with a header after 50 minutes before Latchford netted a consolation 15 minutes from time.
3) 49 goals have been scored in matches between the two clubs; 37 by Everton and 12 by Swansea.
For more stats and the tale of the fastest own goal ever scored against the Toffees, check out this week's 'Magic Numbers' feature.
Everton's Player of the Month for August, Marouane Fellaini: “That is a tough game. Swansea were a revelation last season and played good football. We beat them twice and that will give us extra confidence for the game, but it is a new season, they have a new manager and some new players. It will be difficult but we will be looking to win the game.”
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It is a big challenge for us. David Moyes has been there 10 years so everyone knows exactly what is wanted of them. They are strong with a lot of individual quality, especially on the left side where they are very good with Baines and Pienaar. And everybody knows about Fellaini who is a difficult player to mark in particular in the last third. They are a strong side but we have a lot of confidence and we know what we are capable of."
Swansea 0-2, Everton, 24 March 2012. Leighton Baines scored a stunning free-kick and Nikica Jelavic continued his hot streak as Everton condemned Swansea to one of just four Premier League home defeats in the 2011/12 campaign. Left-back Baines got the ball rolling by expertly finding a way past Michel Vorm on 59 minutes before Jelavic tapped in to seal the victory 14 minutes from time.
Swansea 1-3 Everton, 1 May 1982. Graeme Sharp bagged a brace and Adrian Heath also registered as the Blues ran out comfortable winners at the Vetch Field. The contest saw former Everton players Dai Davies, Gary Stanley and Bob Latchford all line up for the hosts.
It is 10 years since Everton last played a league fixture on 22 September - an afternoon on which goals from Tomasz Radzinski and Kevin Campbell were not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa. Later that season (2002/03), Swansea preserved their Football League status on the final day of the campaign.
Players who have appeared for both clubs include goalscorer supreme Latchford, goalkeeper Davies, midfielder Stanley and full-back Terry Phelan.
Tickets for this game are sold out.
Referee: Mr A Taylor
Assistant Referee: Mr C Breakspear
Assistant Referee: Mr S Ledger
Fourth Official: Mr K Friend
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: 8/5
Everton to win 2-0: 11/1
Everton to win and Leighton Baines to score at any time: 15/2
Everton to win without conceding: 16/5
Anichebe to score first: 17/2
Before the game there will be a period of applause for former Swansea chairman Malcolm Struel who passed away this week. The South Wales club will also be using the occasion to remember the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough.