How Everton can beat Swansea tomorrow

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton takes on Federico Fernandez of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton takes on Federico Fernandez of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) /
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After all the tension and then anti-climax of a forgettable derby weekend Everton face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

For Everton supporters this game might not seem too fundamental to their season but Swansea need to keep winning as they are still not certain of avoiding relegation.

So this might not be an easy or straightforward match. Swansea has enjoyed an unexpected and unlikely revival under manager Carlos Carvahal since he took over from Paul Clement late last year.

But recently results have not been as good as the early bounce they got from the new coach has subsided and so points are still a very much a priority for the South Wales side.

Swansea currently sit 15th in the Premier League but they are only 4 points off the relegation zone in what is a very tight and competitive scrap to avoid the drop.

Their recent form is not great either; they have lost two and drawn two of their last four matches. But they will look at this game against the Blues as one they can win given Everton’s inconsistency and poor away form.

Not surprisingly given their position the Swans have been shot-shy and struggled to score goals this season managing only a paltry 8 shots per game. And their leading scorer has only bagged 6 goals this season.

However they have been reasonably solid and consistent defensively and have not suffered many heavy defeats despite being in the bottom half the table all season long.

They are particularly adept at set-pieces and holding onto a lead. The Swans are a side that like to get an early goal and then try to hold onto that lead and can do it very well at times, for example when they beat Liverpool earlier in the season.

All this means Everton need to take the game to them quickly and early and try to get a goal or two as soon as possible. That will put Swansea under a lot of pressure as they are not great coming from behind.

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The Swans are also not good at stopping counter-attacks and so if Everton can get a quick lead they are likely to have quite a few good chances to break and score more goals as the match goes on.

Playing at a high tempo and taking the game to the opposition has not though been one of Everton’s strengths this season (mind you what has!).

One of the biggest criticisms of the team under Allardyce is the perceived lack of drive and commitment that often seems to be a hallmark of Everton’s play. Too often the team are content to retreat, sit back and invite pressure.

It’s only when the Blues are a goal or two down that there seems to be any urgency to their play and it’s often too late by then.

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The last two league matches against Manchester City and Liverpool illustrate this very well. However this game represents a good opportunity to dispel that feelings and show some positive intent and grab another three points.