Swansea vs. Everton: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2013

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Nathan Dyer of Swansea celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Swansea City at Carrow Road on December 15, 2013 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Quite simply, Everton don't lose.

Well, that's not entirely true. They've lost once in the Premier League thus fa,r against Manchester City at the imposing Etihad Stadium and also to Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Capital One Cup.

But other than that, the Toffees have managed to take points in every single game this season. 

That's bad news for a Swansea City side that hasn't exactly proven to have the best home-field advantage in the EPL this year, taking just 10 of a possible 24 points at Liberty Stadium. 

So can Everton come to the Liberty Stadium and take the full three points? Or will the Swans continue their string of solid play—two draws and a win in their past three matches—and hand the Toffees just their second Premier League loss of the season?


When: Sunday, December 22 at 11 a.m. ET/4 p.m. GMT

Where: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales

Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra; Sky Sports One (U.K.); Sky Go (U.K.)

Odds: Everton (41.4 percent), Swansea City (32.8 percent) and draw (25.8 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports


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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livese
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Everton's hero against Arsenal, youngster Gerard Deulofeu, will miss this game as he's out six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury. However, there is good news on the injury front for the Toffees, as Leighton Baines is expected to return for the Boxing Day match against Sunderland.

A key for the Toffees will be getting Romelu Lukaku back on track. While the forward has been excellent in his loan at Everton—eight goals and three assists in 12 Premier League appearances—he has been held without a goal in the last three games.

While that's hardly a cause for concern just yet, ending his mini-drought would certainly be a relief for Everton. 

On the injury front, Swansea have been hit hard. Keeper Michel Vorm and winger Nathan Dyer are out, Michu is unlikely to play and Angel Rangel is suspended. Without Dyer and Michu, the Swans could really struggle to score against an Everton side that has allowed just 15 goals on the season, tied with Southampton for the fewest conceded the league.

That will put added emphasis on striker Wilfried Bony, a player who hasn't quite hit his stride for the Swans just yet. We know Swansea will likely hold the advantage in possession but will that translate into goals?



Probably not. Everton's defence has been particularly stingy this season and that shouldn't change against a beat-up Swansea side.

Roberto Martinez has this Everton side playing smart and sound football, and will continue to do so against his former team.

Everton win, 2-0.


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