Swansea City vs Everton

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Though the Blues did not get the credit they deserved for it, performances and results don't come much better than last weekend's 3-1 win over Chelsea, regardless of how poor a start they have made to the defence of their Premier League title, and it has many Evertonians opining that things are starting to feel a lot like Roberto Martinez's first season in charge.

Last Saturday was a terrific morale-booster in that it lays down a marker for how this team can play and the calibre of opposition it can overcome; now, however, they have to back it up with some consistency in terms of displays and results. As has been eloquently stated elsewhere this week, Everton under Martinez have been frustratingly unpredictable over the past two seasons but they remain a talented group with enormous potential if they get things clicking week in, week out.

As one of the match-ups against teams that finished in top eight last season that make up the Blues' first 10 matches of the season, this weekend's trip to Swansea City promises to be a difficult assignment. Like Southampton, the Swans were one of the surprise packages of last season and with Gary Monk's prudent transfer policy, they have improved their squad over the summer, most notably with the acquisition of Andre Ayew.

The Ghanaian has made the instant impact in the Premier League that many predicted he would, while Bafetimbi Gomis is finally showing his mettle as a finisher. The duo have scored seven of the Welsh side's eight goals this season and both were on the scoresheet in their last home game as they beat Manchester United 2-1. It's that kind of dynamism spearheading an accomplished passing side that will occupy Martinez's thinking as he prepares to face his old club again at the Liberty Stadium.

Unlike Monk who has almost no such concerns, the Catalan could also be facing a selection dilemma as he waits on the fitness of two players who started the Chelsea game but didn't finish due to injury on the one hand and mulls the game-changing intervention of one of his enforced substitutes. Muhamed Besic and Coleman will be given every opportunity to pass a fitness test before the manager names his team but it's highly likely that neither player will be risked given the fact that both had to come off with suspected hamstring strains.

The Bosnian missed almost all of the pre-season programme with a similar complaint while the Irishman was dogged by soft-tissue injuries in the latter part of last year so Martinez could be forgiven for exercising caution with them. Given Steven Naismith's star turn off the bench as Besic's replacement, he could be a shoo-in for a starting role in an attacking three alongside Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone, with Barkley in the same slightly withdrawn role he occupied after that first substitution. Kevin Mirallas, a star performer in this fixture three seasons ago, will likely have to be content with a place on the bench again.

It's the right back issue that is a little more vexing. With Tony Hibbert still battling to overcome his own injury problems, Martinez has to decide whether to go with experience in the form of John Stones in that role (but with the obvious compromise at centre half where Ramiro Funes Mori could be in line for a debut) or deploy the likes of Tyias Browning or Matthew Pennington there. Bryan Oviedo's absence at left back means that Brendan Galloway would be required in that position and would therefore preclude him from playing in the centre alongside Phil Jagielka.

Martinez has made much of the mentality of his players and his satisfaction with the depth of his squad so despite a burgeoning list of injuries or players absent through lack of fitness, he will be confident that even with some patching up and inexperience in his ranks, his team can get a result against Swansea.

The Swans faltered at Watford last weekend despite playing with a numerial advantage of much of the second hald so there are vulnerabilities to exploit. As ever, the keys to Everton's success will be defensive solidity and finding ways to feed Lukaku up front. Get off to a flyer like they did at Southampton last month and things could work out very well.

Kick off: 3pm
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Predicted Line-up: Howard, Browning, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, Barry, McCarthy, Barkley, Naismith, Kone, Lukaku

Quotes sourced from ToffeeWeb Match Reports

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Kieran Fitzgerald
1 Posted 18/09/2015 at 07:28:03
I would go with your line-up as well, Lyndon. Consistency to our performances is the key and having a settled starting eleven that are confident and playing well is part of trying to get that consistency in place.
Abhishek Saha
2 Posted 18/09/2015 at 07:47:23
I guess the midfield and the attack automatically selects themselves; it will be the back 4 which Bobby needs to worry about. Assuming Coleman cannot start, we have the following two options:

A) Browning Stones Jagielka Galloway
B) Stones Jagielka Funes Mori Galloway

I would still play Coleman if he is fit, then introduce Funes Mori in the second half to get him some game time. Rest Coleman for the Reading game and start with Funes Mori.

Eddie Dunn
3 Posted 18/09/2015 at 08:29:31
The Swans have real goal threats with Gomis and Ayew. We will do well to shut them out.

They will be desperate to make amends for their loss at Watford, and with Shelvey operating in the middle of the park, we will have our hands full. Hopefully we can catch them on the break, as, despite his attributes, Williams isn't the quickest, and tends to give away a lot of free-kicks outside the box against pacey players. We need to get at him, get him on a yellow early on, and then put on Deulofeu or Mirallas to turn the screw. Lennon played well there last year scoring a goal, so I wouldn't be surprised if Bobby brought him on at some point, so our other wingers may well find it another frustrating afternoon on the bench.

We have to score to get anything from the Liberty, as I am sure that the Jacks will get a goal themselves. A draw would be a good result, but with our tails up, I fancy us to nick this one.

Duncan McDine
4 Posted 18/09/2015 at 08:32:38
I'm hopeful that against Swansea we can sit back and let them try to find a way through us, then use our pace to hit them quickly on counters. It's when we've looked our most dangerous and it seems like the players are very comfortable with that approach.

Wish I was going, but can't wait for the trips to Reading and West Brom.... COYB

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:13:45
I don't know about anyone else but I always think the most crucial games are the ones straight after such a big win as last Saturday.

It can on many occasions be a damp squib that doesn't reach the previous week's expectations so it's imperative that we keep our momentum building with a solid result tomorrow. A draw at Swansea you'd have to say would be a pretty good result these days.

Of course out of these next two away games, I'd rather win one and lose one than draw both, it's wins that get you places in the league. Getting 6 points would be a dream although 4 points would be very very pleasing too along with a safe passage through the next round of the League Cup on Tuesday.

Let's keep going at it Blues!

Steven Jones
7 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:19:26
My guess is that he will rest Kone and Mirallas will get the nod. Could be Lennon or Deulofeu at a push, depending on who is showing up best in training...

This is real competition for places; well done to Kone and Naismith for that!!

Brian Harrison
8 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:21:16
There is no doubt that Gary Monk has done a good job, and made Swansea a very difficult proposition for any side. Obviously we don't know if Coleman will be fit enough to play; if not, this could be a problem for RM.

I am not sure if Montero will be fit for Swansea but he is undoubtedly the quickest winger in the Premier League. So, while the temptation might be to move Stones to right back, Stones has many attributes but pace isn't one of them. If Montero is fit, I hope RM gives Browning a start.

Steven Jones
9 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:25:39
Good shout, Brian...

Browning is a beast... I just hope he comes on again and pushes Galloway et al in the pecking order.

Derek Knox
10 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:52:51
Good pre-match assessment Lyndon, and predicted line-up.

If there was a banana skin, after such a win against Chelsea, this is it. The Swans have a few talented individuals, but also generally work hard as a team too.

Let's face it, they are well capable of turning top sides over, as has been demonstrated in the past. I just hope and pray, that we can carry on the good work from Saturday. We certainly have the squad to do it, and competition for places helps too.


Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:55:08
Brian (8), I wouldn't play Browning at the moment, I think the lad is a great prospect but he doesn't seem ready for a game in the Premier League until he adjusts his mental preparation. He is too nervous, doesn't seem to believe in his own ability.

I would send him out on loan until at least Christmas to help him sort himself out.

Paul Cherrington
12 Posted 18/09/2015 at 10:21:33
I would have Stones at RB if needs be, and bring Funes Mori into the centre; he has to get his debut game sometime after all. It would mean Jags could play at right side CB then too.
Phil Sammon
13 Posted 18/09/2015 at 10:24:22

Re Montero being the quickest winger in the league.

Is that a fact? I'd be interested to see a top 10 fastest players in the league... I wonder if any Everton players are on the list? Deulofeu or Lennon surely have to be our quickest. We're actually pretty well blessed in that department for the first time in ages.

Thomas Surgenor
14 Posted 18/09/2015 at 11:39:09
If Coleman is out we might well see the introduction of the much talked about 'Martinez three at the back'.

Howard, as everyone knows, will start. Stones, Jagiekla & Funes Mori would be the CB trio.

Lennon as a right wing back (due to work rate) and Galloway as a left wing back.

In a perfect world, the three at the back would negate the need for two holding midfielders so we could go with McCarthy and Barkley as the middle tandem with Lukaku, Kone and Naismith as the three operating in-front of them.

Might work? But then why change a winning formula?

Michael Polley
15 Posted 18/09/2015 at 11:47:32
Let's get a result ! As mentioned in a previous post - consistency has always been our problem - a great win followed by a poor lack-lustre performance. No repeat tomorrow please.I want to see quick counter-attacking play, and goals from us. COYB
Tony J Williams
16 Posted 18/09/2015 at 12:22:07
Tough call if Seamus is injured. Browning got mauled against Man City so we don't know what it did to him mentally.

More than likely (after Bobby bigging him up) he will bring in Funes Mori and switch either Jags or Stones to right back.

Tough game, as Gomis is scoring for fun. The easiest way to negate Shelvey is wind him up, stand forward, Naismith, little niggly bastard that he is, little clips at the heel, elbows etc and he will see red and lose his way and hopefully get subbed/sent off.

After last week we would expect a win, but I am always worried about managers playing teams they managed previously, as they seem to slip up so often.

James Stewart
17 Posted 18/09/2015 at 12:32:31
Coleman Stones Jagielka Galloway
McCarthy Barry Barkley
Lennon Lukaku Naismith

I wouldn't change the team much at all. Confidence is high and you have to reward those who beat Chelsea.

Saying that, I think Lennon offers more protection than Kone so for an away match I would go with him. Especially if Coleman is out and Browning is in.

@11 Utter rubbish. Browning had nerves of steel against Man Utd and the RS last season so not sure where you coming from with that post.

Mirallas and Deulofeu will need some game-time though. Neither the kind to be happy on the bench.

Tom Bowers
18 Posted 18/09/2015 at 13:20:41
I have to agree, this is a test of Everton's psyche after the great win last week.

However, I would sooner be facing the Swans rather than a less talented team where it would be more likely a let-down possibility.

Swansea are a very good team and it will be tough to win but if they can keep the wingers at bay especially early then they can get a result.

A fully fit Coleman would be a boost for the Blues.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 18/09/2015 at 13:42:16
James (16) I'm coming from watching both those games and two or three other matches since.

Against Liverpool he looked good in the 20 or so minutes he played; against Man Utd, he looked and played very nervous; against the Russian team last year in the Europa League match he was poor; against Man City he looked like he didn't want to be on the pitch, but he was out of position so I'll forget that one.

It will be interesting to see if he plays against Swansea to see how he performs. I'm not against the lad, I wouldn't play him for his own good. I hope if he plays he does well and proves me wrong.

Jay Harris
21 Posted 18/09/2015 at 14:54:04
I am not sure how they measure it but Sissoko is apparently the fastest at 22 mph and Phil Jagielka (last year's fastest) was measured at just over 21mph.

Cant understand why the likes of Lennon and Walcott don't figure.

Jay Harris
22 Posted 18/09/2015 at 15:05:52
I believe if we paid ٧.25M for a Copa America cupwinner and Argentine international he would play ahead of Browning so my guess is Stones at RB with Jags and Mori in the middle and Galloway at LB.

Barry and McCarthy pick themselves or so it seems.

The real conundrum for me is who we play further up the field. Swansea do not like pace so Lennon and Mirallas should be in contention.

Barkley is finally showing some consistency and can shoot from outside the box (something we have been lacking in recent years).

Kone appears to be the best at holding the ball up but does not score enough.

Naismith deserves another run after last weeks heroics.

Lukaku is due a goal or two.

Decisions, decisions.

Colin Metcalfe
23 Posted 18/09/2015 at 15:28:40
After such a great performance last week, I would like to think we can kick on and put some kind of run together. However, as stated in The Guardian yesterday, the Blues can be like chalk and cheese and you never know which one will turn up!

Consistency is the key to a winning mentality; Swansea is a tough ask but if we can put in a shift like we did against Southampton we can get a result.

I have been well impressed with The Swans this season with Shelvey pulling the strings and Gomez hitting the goals. I would love to us to get a win but I can't help thinking we will put in one those ordinary performances as we saw against Spurs; therefore, I am going for a score draw 2-2.

James Lloyd
24 Posted 18/09/2015 at 15:48:57
Dennis Ng
25 Posted 18/09/2015 at 16:28:43
I believe this is the deciding week to our season. Can we stay ahead of other euro contenders? Hopefully we'll do the job in Swansea and build on from there.
Michael Kenrick
26 Posted 18/09/2015 at 16:53:41
"I believe this is the deciding week to our season."

Sorry, but I can't agree to laying down such a gauntlet. In a season of 38 games, each worth three points, the illogical absurdity of such a statement hinging on Game #6 I find really exasperating.

Yes, we play in the League Cup too... and as we all know, we could progress or not. If we do progress, we could fail at the next hurdle... or not. Etc etc. Marathon, sprint. Head-wall-bang...

Do we really have to know in the next 7 days how the season is going to pan out?

Tony Draper
28 Posted 18/09/2015 at 17:17:21
Michael, an excellent post (@24).

You have managed to avoid using any term of ridicule or scorn, I would have failed there.

Duncan McDine
29 Posted 18/09/2015 at 17:32:38
While I don't agree fully with Dennis, I think that the next three games will probably show us if we have any valid reason to hope for a strong season. He made himself a bit of an easy target, so fair play MK for not ripping into him.

I just hope we can 'show up' in all three games over the next week, that will prove to me that we can expect some kind of consistency over the season.

Nigel Gregson
30 Posted 18/09/2015 at 17:33:21
@Michael 24. Really well put mate.
Eric Holland
32 Posted 18/09/2015 at 17:51:05
Our fastest player is Tyias Browning, so I believe.
James Hughes
33 Posted 18/09/2015 at 18:00:23
I would have to agree with Dennis, can we maintain the same level of performance shown last game when we play Swansea, will we turn up for the Reading game. What will happen on that happy hunting ground that is West Brom. ???

We need to show some consistency and this coming week is a good chance to gauge where we are this year.

Dennis Ng
34 Posted 18/09/2015 at 18:37:02
I agree that we have 38 games to go through. My logic is more towards staying ahead of our competitors. Are we only able to rip easy foes or can we stand toe to toe with the best. Man City game, we looked easy pickings. Chelsea game, we came up perfectly, but they have been in the toilet so far. Then there's the Watford game, OK, maybe an off day.

Only other games to really feel our level is against unexpected leaders like Leicester, Swansea and Palace, Swans being the next up. Of course, we can say anything can happen (injuries or others) but if we can build upon the win last week, that will get us feeling good hopefully through the derby.

Patrick Murphy
35 Posted 18/09/2015 at 18:41:17
Dennis we got our noses in front of Arsenal two seasons ago, with only a handful of games to go and Everton eventually lost out to them.

The old adage, take each game as it comes is as true now as it was in 1888. If we are 1 point better off than at least 16 other clubs at the end of the season, it doesn't matter which sides were beaten or when — it's the final tally that counts compared to the rest of the teams.

Dennis Ng
36 Posted 18/09/2015 at 18:42:38
To be fair, upon rereading my comment, I might have used a few more "exaggerated" words, forcing a point I was merely trying to underline.

Still, I look forward to our performance against Swans to get a feel for how we're coping with the teams that have "bolstered better than us", or so that's what the media said. All games are important but none mark us better than a close rival.

Dennis Ng
37 Posted 18/09/2015 at 19:37:14
Patrick, unfortunately I grew up in the "BIG NEWS" TV age, so big games are FAR more important than others. Let's not mention how the dark side and reds tried to lure me over with their 100% coverage where I used to live.

Jokes aside, yes, that was a sorry tale in which we had a tough run in to that season. My optimism for this season is that we're getting the tough matches first. So my logic is, if we can stay ahead of our competition early, the easier games will be, ahem, easier. Not a cakewalk since that doesn't exist IRL.

Mark Daley
38 Posted 18/09/2015 at 19:45:39
My take on the point being made about tomorrow is that if (aah, it's the hope that kills you all right) we were to beat Swansea, then Reading, then we'd be on fire for the RS (who have their own issues at the moment) and then Man U, and then four wins on the trot — second place? If we lose to Swansea, then you expect a different scenario to play out.

After Chelsea, I am in an agony of hope, with just over 2 weeks before our next Goodison game, and I so desperately want us to stuff the RS, and I've got two tickets in the Park End...

Dennis Ng
39 Posted 18/09/2015 at 19:49:34
Mark, my wish too. Hope to see you celebrating on live TV.
Mike Hughes
40 Posted 18/09/2015 at 20:26:29
Payback time.
Naismith hattrick.
David Pearl
41 Posted 18/09/2015 at 22:02:06
Yes... Encore, Steven Naismith!!
Mike Oates
42 Posted 18/09/2015 at 22:59:46
Assuming Coleman is not going to make it, he clearly had hammy trouble in the Rep of Ireland game before he played against Chelsea and I suspect he needs a rest. So... Team:

Pennington Stones Jagielka Galloway
Lennon McCarthy Barry
Kone Lukaku

I think Martinez fancies Pennington, but will use the more industrious, defensive mind set of Lennon rather than Mirallas or Deulofeu to help Pennington out. Naismith will be totally down if left out but, with Coleman missing, we need a wide man in to help Pennington.

Garry Corgan
43 Posted 18/09/2015 at 23:01:50
We're still in the midst of this difficult run of fixtures. Vital to pick up points and keep our tails up over the next two games, before our October schedule featuring Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool. The next six weeks could well define our season.
Anthony Dwyer
44 Posted 18/09/2015 at 00:00:48
Like every game nowadays in the EPL, every game is a tough one. Swansea boast some really good players: for me, Shelvey and Sigardson are the main players although Gomis and Anew have been the more dangerous of late. We will need to be at it all game if we want to leave with these points.

I wouldn't like to be Roberto at the minute if I'm honest. Deulofeu and Mirallas both deserve a go after their cup performances a few weeks back, plus Naismith bagged a hat-trick last week.To top that, Kone is starting to look good and Rom is the main man for me and is someone who always needs to be on the field of play. Ross, Barry and McCarthy also look back to there best this season leaving Roberto some selection problems.

If he decides to start rotating and brings in Mirallas and Deulofeu I'm sure everyone will be OK with that, on one condition: we win. Roberto is starting to win the crowd back over so he has to get the next two away games tactically spot on.

Also, if he wants to keep the squad happy, he has to play these lads soon as I'm certain Mirallas will be hoping for a decent run in the side sooner rather than later as will Deulofeu. I suppose that's why he's on big money and is privileged enough to manage Everton Football Club.

Jamie Crowley
45 Posted 19/09/2015 at 00:11:57
Guilty pleasure... watching JonJo Shelvey.

I know the guy wore red. I know I'm supposed to hate him.

But I love watching him play. I think he's one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He plays some beautiful balls that just require a level of vision that mere mortals don't have.

This Swansea team scares me. They're very good.

Cue Herculean effort. We can win this, but it's going to be hard-fought. Not in a blood and guts way perhaps, but we're in for one hell of a stern test.

Andy Crooks
46 Posted 19/09/2015 at 00:35:00
Jamie, I agree, sadly Shelvey has a shit name. There are no z's in it. He just sounds like someone on the verge of the Irish squad.
Andy Crooks
47 Posted 19/09/2015 at 00:36:34
Meant to add, we have better players than Swansea and we will beat them.
Dick Fearon
48 Posted 19/09/2015 at 03:26:48
As the home team, Swansea would be loath to park the bus, making it difficult if not impossible for them to double up on Rom and Ross plus our new found scoring sensation.

Our usual sense of dread has been banished and this promises to be a mouth-watering encounter. I anticipate it to be a high scoring game with us hopefully coming out on top. I base that forecast wholly on Martinez throwing the kitchen sink at them.

Was it Churchill who said it is better to die on your feet rather than live on your knees?

Paul Kelly
49 Posted 19/09/2015 at 04:40:30
Let's hope Bob goes with the more attacking option as forced last week, nothing against Besic but would like to see him instead of one of the Dynamic duo in midfield, not along side them, don't want to see three DM on the pitch, it just nullifies our attacking threat.

Let Swansea play their game and hit them quick and hard on the counter, take your pick of three wingers as a second half sub, that's if Lennon don't start in place of Kone, possibility but I doubt it.

But which Everton will turn up, the one v Chelsea or the one v Spurs, or somewhere in between, you never know with our lot. Just as well I'll be on the sauce (as I am every game) so I can celebrate/commiserate (delete as appropriate) either way.

Enough of the jargon, just kick 'em all over the park and let's do these fuckers.

Mike Gaynes
50 Posted 19/09/2015 at 05:56:09
Jamie #38, agreed, have always felt that way about the guy. Maybe it's because he looks like the bad Roman gladiator who always gets killed in those old 3am movies.

And seriously, he's something now that he has never been before. Fit.

Rob Newling
51 Posted 19/09/2015 at 05:56:46
Emiliano Zapata, apparently Dick [@41]. Personally, prefer 'The Oils' cover - much more Power & Passion ;-) COYB, more of the same please.

Talking of covers - nice wind-up by the English RU - can't wait to see the All Blacks' on-field reaction !!

Anto Byrne
52 Posted 19/09/2015 at 06:07:01
Probably give Rom a rest and put KM on with Kone. Browning should play. Its not Chelsea so the tactics and line should change with some pace on the wings. Over to you Roberto.
Brian Porter
53 Posted 19/09/2015 at 06:16:25
Jay Harris @ #20, I agree with you re Funes Mori. He not only won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate, he actually scored in the final and he is an Argentina international so surely should be ahead of Browning in the selection order. If not, why did we make him our most expensive defensive signing?

He looked good in the 17 minutes he played against Chelsea and I was impressed by the way he brought the ball out of defence, looking to set up another attack, before being cynically chopped down by Costa. Welcome to the Premier League, Ramiro!

Eric Myles
54 Posted 19/09/2015 at 06:18:38
If Churchill said that Dick #42, he was just quoting a Mexican revolutionary.
Eric Myles
55 Posted 19/09/2015 at 06:31:10
I agree with MK #24, that we can't have a season defining week in the 6th game of the season.

We usually have our season defining few weeks in the January window when we are pushing for a CL placing and fail to strengthen, only to fall short due to lack of squad depth.

Stephen Brown
56 Posted 19/09/2015 at 07:43:08
Re: the fastest player in the league.

Does anyone remember Shoot magazine visiting every club in the late 80s early 90s to record teams fastest player, longest thrower, hardest shooter etc. Ironically it was a Swansea player who was the fastest back then — a postman called John Williams!

Mike Keating
57 Posted 19/09/2015 at 07:59:03
Anyone know which city centre pubs are showing the game - preferably serving a decent pint?
Mark Andersson
58 Posted 19/09/2015 at 08:23:13
Some great comments and good match preview. A good performance no matter what the result is more important.

I think after last week, they will be just as scared of us, as some of you seem to be fearing Swansea.

I will go Swansea 2 Everton 1

Eddie Dunn
59 Posted 19/09/2015 at 08:27:14
Today much depends on the fitness of Coleman. If he makes it, we will be able to continue where we left off against Chelski; if he fails the fitness test, I worry that we will be severely unbalanced.

I hope this proves to be a purely academic question, but if Stones has to go to right back and Funes Mori comes in to partner Jags, we will have an element of uncertainty that could restrict our ambitions. We have depended on Coleman's forays down the right wing for much of our ammunition, and I can't see Stones doing the same (as good as he is on the ball).

With a new centre-back pairing too, there could be some teething troubles. Let's hope Coleman makes the cut.

Ian Bennett
60 Posted 19/09/2015 at 09:24:39
I'd go as follows assuming Coleman is out.



Lennon (Kone if Seamus is fit)


Ray Roche
62 Posted 19/09/2015 at 09:57:53
Stephen Brown #52

Wasn't Stuart Barlow our fastest player?

I hope Deulofeu gets some game time today. He must be getting a bit pissed-off, especially after the Barnsley game.

Mark Smith
63 Posted 19/09/2015 at 10:30:35
Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori,
Lennon, Barry, Galloway,
Barkley, Naismith,
Lukaku, Kone.

If Coleman is fit, which I doubt, same as last week.

Re: Jonjoe Shelvey, sounds like a jockey, looks like a gargoyle, but I think the RedShite missed a trick letting him go. He is twice the player Henderson is.

Tony Marsh
64 Posted 19/09/2015 at 11:03:16
Why do people keep putting Lennon in team selections ahead of Mirallas? Lennon is poor to average at best; Mirallas is a match winner.

Lennon was a poor panic-buy... I just don't get it one bit.

Mike Hughes
65 Posted 19/09/2015 at 12:02:40
Ian #56

I agree with that line-up (Funes Mori to come on later in the game perhaps).

In my opinion, it would be wrong and pretty foolish to drop Naismith after last week's brilliant performance.

Mike Allison
66 Posted 19/09/2015 at 12:25:14
I think there's a gist to Dennis' earlier post that holds true. It is a big week, and more as an indicator than the actual points. Many sides can raise themselves for a big game, and we certainly did that for the Chelsea game. However, how often does a side get up for and win a big game, then drop points in the next two or three?

That isn't how you achieve success over a league season. In fact Man Utd were successful for years doing the opposite, they might lose a big game, but they'd jolly well win the next five and end up with more points than the team that beat them.

The point is that this game is exactly as big as the Chelsea game, both points wise, but also because the consistency needed to be successful will require picking up points in slightly more 'under the radar' fixtures like this, and this is a big test of whether we can do this, against a very good Premier League side

As for the line-up, obviously Naismith should start on the bench and come on after nine minutes.

Victor Jones
67 Posted 19/09/2015 at 12:31:03
Barry will be the first name on the team sheet; on current form, I have no problem with that. I also have no problem should Browning also get the nod. He has impressed me so far. I don't understand a comment that he looks nervous. I don't see that. He did not look good against Krasnador. But TBH , nobody did.

I think that we should start with Naismith. Why change a winning format? See how the match develops. We have some speedy and potential match winners to come of the bench. And lets not start knocking Naismith, should a pass go astray. We need to be tight at the back. And maybe, just maybe Lukaku will turn up today.

We can win this today. I don't hold Swansea in as much regard as some of my fellow supporters. Naismith to carry on from last week. With a goal. Lukaku also to score. Barkley to have a stormer. No more tippy tappy. Br more direct. Be positive.

A good win today and Reading to come. 3-0. 3-1 or a crazy 4-1. Why not? Make my day Mr Martinez. COYBs

Jimmy Sørheim
68 Posted 19/09/2015 at 12:35:25
I think it will be vital to use pace and real wingers if we are to penetrate Swansea.

They have blocked us off before up there in Wales. I predict the usual anti-climax, a draw.

Victor Jones
69 Posted 19/09/2015 at 12:46:05
Just a quick comment. It is great IMO to be having a run of games on a Saturday. That's what Saturday was made for. Everton winning a football match. Beats waiting to some god forsaking stupid time on a Sunday or Monday. And ending up with a poor result.

And also no more "hangovers" from the Thursday night Europa League games. No more excuses. I love Everton in Europe. But not the Europa League. Sorry.

So let's win today and really push for a top 4 place. Again, why not?

I think that maybe Martinez has learnt from last season.

Jason Murray
70 Posted 19/09/2015 at 12:48:38
Mike Keating @53. Woody's on Wood St shows the games. It's a bit of a shithole but they've got Staropramen on draught and there's a strip club upstairs to help celebrate our inevitable victory today!
Helen Walters
71 Posted 19/09/2015 at 12:58:33
Stuck at work today so an anti-climax to last week's visit to Goodison.

Just doing some reading and found the following facts courtesy of the Swans website:

Swansea have won just one of their 23 meetings with Everton in all competitions;
The Swans have lost three of their four Premier League meetings with Everton at the Liberty, netting just two goals in the process;
Everton have scored a league-high three goals from outside the box in the 2015-16 Premier League so far;
Ross Barkley has assisted more goals in his last four Premier League games (3) than he had in his previous 77 appearances in the competition (2);
Bafetimbi Gomis has scored nine goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances.


Dominic Tonge
72 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:32:35
Two-nil to the Blues. Goals from Rom, then a late one from Delboy.
Tom Bowers
73 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:38:31
Just to digress does anyone agree that Diego Costa is an animal or that Mike Dean is an incompetent referee?

Disgraceful that this referee didn't see what Costa did. Hope the FA act with retrospective action.

James Marshall
74 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:44:12
I don't think it's a disgrace him not seeing what Costa did - things happen quickly so not seeing it is hardly a disgrace.

Costa is a wind-up merchant, and Gabriel fell into the trap.

Mike Dean should have controlled things better after the yellow cards.

Colin Glassar
75 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:45:36
Not only Diego Costa, Tom, the entire club from owner down are a disgrace to the game. They should call their new stadium Scumbag Bridge when it's ready.
Brent Stephens
76 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:50:53
Diego Costa - linesman should have seen the penalty box incident - they (Costa and Koscielny) were about the only ones in the box.

Costa is scum. Retro ban for him.

John Keating
77 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:51:57
Costa and his Club epitomise everything that is wrong in football today.
Kim Vivian
78 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:52:33
Costa is a horrible, horrible creature. Epitome of all things Chelsea at present unfortunately.

Watching in laptop at work, I really hope the Gunners nick this one.

Martin O'Sullivan
79 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:53:00
Luke Shaw with a bad injury. Feel sorry. Jordan Henderson, Liverpool captain, out for a couple of months. No sense of gloating. Costa breaks leg. Good! He really is an odious player in the Suarez sphere.
Kim Vivian
80 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:54:14
Hey John K - Have we got a telepathic link?
Brian Garside
81 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:59:06
Blue or green kit today?
Colin Glassar
82 Posted 19/09/2015 at 13:59:41
We could go second today if we win and other results go our way. I'm feeling giddy already. Hate Costa and Chelsea btw.
James Marshall
83 Posted 19/09/2015 at 14:00:56
Kim, eplsite.com

Same site every week.

James Marshall
84 Posted 19/09/2015 at 14:02:22
Team is in:

Galloway, Jagielka, Stones, Browning
Barry, McCarthy, Naismith, Barkley
Kone, Lukaku

James Marshall
85 Posted 19/09/2015 at 14:03:33
Gibbo on the bench.
George McKane
86 Posted 19/09/2015 at 14:03:38
I can smell the stench from Costa and Chelsea all the way here in New Brighton. He got away with murder last week at Goodison, a really nasty player. He dragged Stones or Jagielka all over the place with his arms on the faceand get's away with it. Big 4 Refereeing.

I like Everton, Evertonians and who and what we are.

Rahul Sreekumar
90 Posted 19/09/2015 at 14:22:10
Gibson is on the bench. I'm not sure he'll get many minutes on the pitch.

Also, just as in the Chelsea game, the only defender on the bench is Funes Mori. I hope Browning is up for it and has a good game.

Victor Jones
91 Posted 19/09/2015 at 14:26:24
We're going narrow today. Heavily critised last week. But it worked. I think that we will line up in a sort of a 4-2-2-2 formation with the fullbacks playing a big part in getting forward. Also Kone and Lukaku drifting wide when needed.

Barkley and Naismith to probe through the middle. Any of our wingers to come on in the second half. Can our wingless wonders do it again? Of course they can!

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