On Wednesday evening Goodison Park will play host to something that has been seldom seen in English football: a clash between Everton and Swansea.
Not since the 1982/83 season have these two clubs faced each other in competitive action and in total there have only been 13 matches between the two.
Despite facing each other on just a handful of occasions, Everton still hold a clear advantage over their Welsh opponents in the head-to-head as they have never lost to Swansea, although the most recent game did end in a 2-2 draw way back in February 1983.
Such distant history is unlikely to affect either club as they prepare to face one another at Goodison, but what could affect Swansea’s mood before the game is a glance at their away record.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have failed to win on the road in the Premier League thus far and have relied on their superb home record, where they have lost just once, to push them into their current league position of 12th.
It is this away form that sees Everton installed as clear favourites at 57/100 to win and Swansea given long odds of 19/4.
The home side may well be favourites but they have struggled for goals, averaging just over one a game, and they could have trouble breaking though against a Swansea side who have kept eight clean sheets already.
One man who has the qualities to provide the goals for the Toffees is on-loan Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe.
The diminutive attacker has scored twice this campaign and it was his shot that Leon Osman deflected past John Ruddy last Saturday to earn Everton a point against Norwich.
My logic for this tip comes from bwin’s StatsCentre which tells us that Everton have scored nine of their 16 league goals in the last 15 minutes of games.
The Dutchman is priced at 2/1 to score during the game, just behind the favourite in bwin’s goalscorers market, Louis Saha, who is at 11/10.
Short odds like these won’t get you much return on your money, so how about taking odds of 15/2 on Drenthe to score the final goal of the game?
My logic for this tip comes from bwin’s Stats Centre which tells us that Everton have scored nine of their 16 league goals in the last 15 minutes of games.
With Drenthe coming off the bench more often than he starts, there is a good chance he could come on and make the difference in what is likely to be a low scoring match.
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Swansea may not have any away victories, but one thing they do have that David Moyes would be only too happy to pay for (if he had two shiny pennies to rub together) is a goalscoring striker.
Danny Graham struggled initially to get off the mark in the Premier League after his summer move from Watford, but the front man now has five goals to his name and has scored in three of Swansea’s four wins.
At 11/4 Graham, alongside Scott Sinclair, is the best priced of the Swans players to score and given that Everton are yet to keep a clean sheet in front of their own fans there is a high likelihood that the Welsh side will grab a goal.
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