Everton welcome Swansea City to Goodison Park in a rich run of form. David Moyes' side have lost one of their last six Premier League games and will be looking to overcome the side that recently toppled Chelsea 2-0 in the Capital One Cup.
Michael Laudrup's men will be desperate for a win. The Swans have captured an average of one point from their last six games, totting up just a single Premier League win since the beginning of December.
Everton Team News and Projected Starting Lineup
David Moyes is sweating over the fitness of Leighton Baines. The England international was hauled off after an hour in the FA Cup Third Round thrashing of Cheltenham Town (via BBC Sport). Despite the comfortable 5-1 win, Moyes' decision to play his key stars could backfire if Baines doesn't shrug off his ankle problem.
If Baines is ruled out, Moyes has something of a conundrum to deal with. The Scotsman will be forced into spreading his centre-backs across defence and away from their natural position.
Tony Hibbert is still missing after having surgery on his calf (via Sky Sports). Seamus Coleman should build on his FA Cup goal and fill in at right-back once again, while John Heitinga or Shane Duffy could make up the numbers on the left side of defence.
Darron Gibson is confirmed to miss this encounter. The former Manchester United man is still recovering from the thigh injury that has hampered his season so far (via The Daily Mail). He is joined on the sideline by Kevin Mirallas, who hasn't made a Premier League appearance since Dec. 9 due to a hamstring niggle (via The Telegraph).
Swansea City Team News and Projected Starting Lineup
Michael Laudrup's side have no new injury concerns to worry about. The Danish manager will be more concerned over his team's fitness after a gruelling Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea.
Gerhard Tremmel is likely to maintain his place in goal for this one. The German goalkeeper has been in impressive form of late and could be rewarded for his Stamford Bridge clean sheet with an extended run in the team.
Nathan Dyer and Kemy Agustien could also feature from the off. Laudrup will be looking to exploit the space left by Everton's bombing full-backs whilst remaining combative in midfield. Dyer will be itching to make up for his red card in September's reverse fixture, while Leon Britton is unlikely to dominate the likes of Fellaini in the middle.
This should be an entertaining match between two teams who have played some exceptional football this season.
Despite dislodging Chelsea during the week, Laudrup's side won't be expecting to get much from this game. Swansea will be jubilant to leave Goodison Park with a point. Can Michu inspire the away team to another fantastic result?
I'll nod towards a 2-1 home win.
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