Everton have the benefit of not having European football this season and a stable squad. They are one of 3 teams (along with Cardiff and Chelsea) who have 4 players who have started all 16 league games (as of start of weekend) and have started the fewest different players (17). Swansea by comparison have started 21 different players and Sunderland the most with 26.
Everton's 4 players are keeper Tim Howard and 3 of the back 4 (only Baines' injury stopping it from being the same defence for all Everton's Premier League games)
|Number of Games started by a player by Team (as of start of weekend)|
The main threat for Everton comes from Lukaku and as his shot map below show's he's pretty lethal in a central area.
|Lukaku's shots so far in the league this season - 8 goals from 37 shots |
but 6 from 11 shots
in what could be considered 'prime' locations in front of goal
With Rangel suspended, it'll be interesting to see if Dwight Tiendalli gets another game or if Jazz Richards gets thrown in at the deep end.
I've no idea what to make of this match (I am for some reason though hugely optimistic about the Chelsea game), as good a season as Everton are having, I don't think they're invincible but injury worries mean the Swansea attack could be pretty much anything. As much as I'd like to see both Michu and Bony start, even if both were fully fit I wouldn't expect Laudrup to start with both against a side like Everton.
For more previews of the match check out The Swansea Way and this on Grantland looking at the change of focus at Everton under Martinez.
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