Everton

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16/12/2017 | 8:00 pm

Swansea

V

goodison park

16/12/2017 | 8:00 pm

In a sentence: Swansea City will attempt to protect a seven-game unbeaten run against Everton when they make the trip to Merseyside on Monday evening.

Last time: Swansea recorded a 1-0 victory when the pair met at the Liberty Stadium back in May, with Fernando Llorente’s first-half header helping the Welsh outfit climb out of the Premier League relegation zone two weeks before the end of the campaign.

This time: Everton are 8/11 to win with Swansea at 4/1 and the draw available at 5/2.

You might remember: Swansea’s first ever Premier League victory (2-1) at Goodison Park in January 2016. It was Andre Ayew that scored the winner for the visitors, who were then under the leadership of Francesco Guidolin.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Everton have won 15 of their 27 previous meetings with Swansea and suffered just three defeats in the process. The Toffees are currently on a seven-game winless run against the Swans, however, which includes a 1-1 draw in the reverse match at Goodison Park last season. It might well turn out to be another tricky affair for Sam Allardyce’s side.

Everton are 8/11 to win it and will fancy their chances of picking up all three points after enjoying a change of fortunes under Allardyce. The Blues have been victorious in their last three Premier League games on home soil and are therefore the strong favourites to overcome relegation-threatened Swansea this weekend.

Swansea are at 4/1 to win it, but the Welsh side have lost each of their last five Premier League games on their travels. They have not exactly been blown away in those defeats – conceding just eight times during that run – although Clement’s side have certainly struggled away from home.

The draw is 5/2 and it is worth pointing out that the two teams played out a 1-1 in the corresponding league match at Goodison Park last season. Four of their last six Premier League meetings have also finished with a share of the spoils.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is 9/4 to score anytime and he is once again expected to lead the Everton line. The youngster is also 5/1 to score first and 14/1 to score two or more.

Wilfried Bony is 3/1 to score anytime and he has just started to find the back of the net for Swansea once again. The Ivorian is 15/2 to be the game’s first goalscorer, while he is 20/1 to score two or more at Goodison Park, which looks to be good value.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Everton are 11/9 to keep a clean sheet. Swansea are not exactly a team that score bundles of goals – managing just four on their travels this season – and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has arguably been Everton’s most consistent performer during the 2017-18 campaign.

2

We fancy:

Wayne Rooney to score in an Everton win can be backed at 5/2. The former Manchester United captain has been in impressive form for the Toffees in recent weeks and netted a hat-trick at Goodison Park against West Ham United at the end of last month.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Correct score of 4-0 Everton at 35/1. The Toffees put four goals past West Ham when the two teams met at Goodison Park at the end of November. Having won their last three on home soil, Allardyce’s side could well put another impressive victory on the board this weekend.

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.