Swansea City will be fighting for Premier League survival when they welcome Everton to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
The Swans are in the bottom three with just three matches left to play, but recent results are encouraging as they ended a poor run of form by defeating Stoke City 2-0 prior to last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
With Hull City just two points above the Welsh side, a win for the Swans could see them climb out of the drop zone at the expense of the Tigers.
Swans midfielder Leon Britton has been recalled to the starting XI by manager Paul Clement, and says he is glad to be involved in this crucial period of do-or-die matches for the relegation-threatened side.
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"This is a crucial time for us, one of the most important we have faced in all my years at the club," Britton told Jack Magazine, via the club’s official website.
"And at times like this, you want to be out there on the pitch rather than watching. It’s frustrating when you are injured or you are not selected because you can only have so much of an effect leading into a game.
"Once the 11 players who are selected cross the line, it’s down to them to perform. At least when you are part of that, you can have an impact and try to help the situation."
Everton enter the match off a humbling 3-0 defeat to champions-elect Chelsea last weekend, but that loss to the Blues was just their third since the turn of the year, the others coming to Spurs and Liverpool.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman knows that the seventh-placed Toffees will be a stern test for a Swansea side who really need the points, and is concerned about his team’s poor form away from home.
"We know Swansea are a team who had a good result last week against Manchester United," Koeman said. "They need points, they need wins to fight against relegation. We can expect a strong team, an aggressive team that is really focused on winning the game. That always makes it difficult.
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"I think we had a really poor last away game. We need to perform better. We need to show more intensity. It’s an opportunity to show our strengths when we play away from home.
"There is still a difference with our away form. That difference is in most of the Premier League teams but I think we can show more away from home than we have showed. Of course, that is an issue that we will look at."
In team news, Everton will be without Aaron Lennon, Seamus Coleman, Morgan Schneiderlin (thigh strain), Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), James McCarthy (hamstring), and Yannick Bolasie (anterior cruciate ligament).
For the Swans, Wayne Routledge (Hernia) and Angel Rangel (metatarsal fracture) are not yet ready to return to action.