When Everton last met Swansea, at Goodison Park in December 2011, I was tasked with previewing the match for bwin.
Glancing back over that article now, it strikes me just how much things have changed in a few months in the Premier League.
Back in December I was offering gloomy forecasts for Swansea’s Premier League future. They were on the verge of completing the calendar year without a single top-flight away win to their name and were languishing near the foot of the table.
Everton won that game by one goal to nil and as the clock ticked round from 2011 to 2012, relegation seemed like a serious possibility for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
In the few months that have followed, however, Swansea have not only eased their relegation fears, but they have transformed themselves into genuine European contenders.
Rodgers’ men have won four games on their travels in 2012, while Stoke are the only side who have managed to keep a clean sheet against the free-scoring Swans at any venue since the turn of the year.
It’s at fortress Liberty Stadium where Swansea have really excelled, though.
They have already seen off Man City and Arsenal there, while Chelsea and Spurs have been held to a draw. In fact, Rodgers’ side have lost only twice at home all season.
What’s more, they have won their last three Premier League games in a row without even conceding a goal.
Everton are plugging away manfully like they always do under David Moyes, but they have been plagued by inconsistency and have scored one goal or fewer in all of their last five games.
All this means that Swansea probably justify their ‘favourites’ tag at odds of 23/20 to win the match, while Everton are outsiders at 12/5. The draw is priced at 11/5.
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Recommended bet: Swansea to beat Everton @ 23/20
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