Swansea and Everton have won two-straight games to create a four-point lead ahead of West Ham and Stoke. The Swans have managed to net 12 points from a possible 18 in their last six games. Eighth place will likely be theirs for the rest of the season, with Southampton seven points ahead in seventh.
There were many questions asked of Swansea’s future when they sold star striker Wilfried Bony to Man City for an initial fee of £28 million back in the January transfer window. However, it was actually a pretty good time to sell, as they sold the Ivory Coast international at his highest value when he was off to play in the African Cup of Nations. Swansea have managed to pretty well without Bony.
Everton’s 1-0 victory over Southampton last weekend marked a third-straight for the Toffees. Roberto Martinez has not demanded enough from his team this season. For much of the season, they have been extremely poor.
The Toffees are still a shadow of the fifth-placed team from last season, but they do have a chance to finish in the top half. Stoke and West Ham are both within five points of Everton in 11th. There is a chance to catch up, but it will tough for Everton.
Swansea represent a difficult away for most teams in the Premier League. For instance, Man Utd’s last league defeat came in Swansea. The Swans will need to maintain their fortress mentality against Everton.
Swansea have been lining up in a 4-3-3 formation of late. Having an extra central midfielder to support Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-Yueng has proven highly effective. Jack Cork can play this role on Saturday.
Everton seem like they will religiously stick with their 4-2-3-1 until the end of the season, but that will leave them at risk of losing the midfield battle to Swansea.
Tip one: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70
Swansea concede fewer goals at home, while Everton can struggle when Romelu Lukaku has an off day. A frustrating draw could likely be the outcome.