Mar 22, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
Swansea look to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone, but collecting three points at Goodison Park will be difficult, considering Everton have lost just once at home this season (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).
Falling out of Europa League was meant to help Swansea get back on track, easing their pressure in the Premier League. Yet the Swans are still just four point clear of the danger zone, having picked up only two points in their last four matches. Swansea looked to be in the driver’s seat last weekend when Roland Lamah scored within two minutes of kickoff, but fellow strugglers West Brom came back to steal a win with two goals in the second half.
Everton are seeking a chance to prove themselves in Europe next season, but need a third straight win to keep themselves solidly in the Europa League places. Currently the Toffees are sixth, three points above Manchester United but with a game in hand, and two points below Tottenham, who have a two-match advantage. Everton left it til late last weekend, frustrated by Cardiff closing ranks, but Seamus Coleman broke through in injury time to grab his side the win.
Michu is still not fit enough to start, but that’s not stopping Gary Monk from making changes to the side that fell apart in the second half last weekend. Lamah drops to the bench, as do Jonathan De Guzmán and Jordi Amat. Nathan Dyer, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernández all start.
The hosts make two changes to last week’s winning side. Gerard Deulofeu and Leon Osman are on the bench, while Ross Barkley and Aiden McGeady start. Captain Tim Howard takes his place in goal while Romelu Lukaku spearheads the attack.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Stones, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, McGeady, Barkley, Lukaku
Subs: Joel, Deulofeu, Naismith, Osman, Garbutt, Alcaraz, Browning
Swansea City: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, Canas, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Bony
Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, de Guzman, Shelvey, Michu, Lamah
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