Everton v Swansea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 15, 2017
Goodison Park - Premier League
Sam Allardyce's Everton welcome Swansea to Goodison Park on Monday night, with the Toffees looking to extend their impressive run under their new boss.
Swansea hold the upper hand in recent meetings between these two sides, winning three out of the last seven games in all competitions, with the other four ending in draws.
Everton's last victory over the Welsh side was a 3-2 win in 2014, with Ashley Williams scoring for Swansea that day.
Everton are still without full-back Leighton Baines, as he continues his recovery from a calf injury. Cuco Martina is set to deputise for the Englishman once again.
Yannick Bolaise, James McCarthy and Ross Barkley are all back in training, but are still some way from a return. Meanwhile Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and Maarten Stekelenburg are all still out injured.
Swansea are set to hand late fitness tests to two players, Wayne Routledge for a thigh problem and Kyle Bartley who is back in training following a long term knee injury.
Everton v Swansea Preview and Predictions
Everton are a different beast under Allardyce compared to the Ronald Koeman and David Unsworth tenures, winning four out of five games since his arrival and drawing at Anfield with rivals Liverpool.
Swansea were taken apart 4-0 by Manchester City in midweek, with manager Paul Clement admitting that his side couldn't cope with City on the night. The Swans are in really poor form with seven losses in their last nine Premier League games, plunging them down to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Everton's strong start under Allardyce should continue here with a routine home win, which is priced at 3/4. Swansea are available at 24/5, while the draw's 11/4.
It may not be pretty on Monday night, with efficiency being the hallmark of Everton's recent performances. The Toffees have only scored over two goals in a league game just once since Allardyce was announced as boss, and with Swansea scoring just twice in their last seven games an under 2.5 goals bet looks attractive at 5/7.
An under 2.5 goals bet looks a shrewd option here, priced at 13/20.
Everton to win 2-0 at 13/2
The win at Newcastle has boosted Everton's confidence even more, and they will be relishing the chance of a first home game in 16 days to keep the momentum going. A win could see them solidify their place in the top ten and open up a gap between the chasing pack.
Wayne Rooney to score first at 9/2
Rooney has been revitalised under Allardyce, scoring five goals in his last four games, with 10 in all competitions for the season so far. His intelligence and ability to link up with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack could be vital if Everton are to win this game.