Everton v Swansea

Everton will be looking for their first Premier League win of the year when they welcome Swansea to Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Toffees have drawn more than half of their 22 top flight fixtures this season and have played out to stalemates in all three of their matches so far this year.

On several occasions they have thrown away winning positions, as was the case in the 3-3 draw with Chelsea last weekend in which they conceded a 98th minute equaliser, and they will need to start hanging on to those results if they are to push for a place in Europe next season.

Everton have claimed two wins in 2016, both in cup competitions, one of which being an impressive 2-1 win over Manchester City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.

They also managed to hold the Citizens to a 0-0 draw away from home in the league a week and a half ago, showing that they are more than capable of holding their own against the top clubs in the Premier League, but they need to start showing the same level of performance against everyone else.

Seasmus Coleman and James McCarthy were back in training this week, but manager Roberto Martinez won’t want to risk them so soon after recovering from injury and they are unlikely to play a part in the match.

Swansea picked up a vital 1-0 victory over Watford, their first since Boxing Day, to move out of the maintain their position just above the relegation zone and they will need to battle to a few more results before they are out of danger.

To say they are struggling would be an understatement and nowhere was that more obvious than when they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by League Two outfit Oxford United.

The Swans go into the match as rank underdogs despite Everton’s own struggles and will do well to get anything out of the clash.

One positive for new manager Francesco Guidolin is the lack of any injuries or suspensions meaning he has a full squad to choose from.

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