Preview: Everton v Swansea City

Swansea City need to turn their poor start to the season around and will hope to do that against a recently-humbled Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Toffees have shown their quality at times this season, but recent weeks have seen a mixed bag of results. The most recent of those, just prior to the international break, was their 5-0 demolition by Chelsea.

Ronald Koeman's side are still seventh in the Premier League standings, despite only winning one of their last six games, level on points with Manchester United, but more dropped points will surely see them slide down the table.

The Swans are in a bit of a pickle at the moment, as they have failed to win since opening day and find themselves second last in the standings. Ten games without a win, with eight defeats and only two points gained, means that the Welsh side are, on recent form, the worst team in the league.

The match will see former Swansea skipper Ashley Williams face the club for the first time since his summer transfer to Everton, and manager Bob Bradley has called on his players to exhibit the leadership qualities they lost with the sale of the centre-back.

In team news, the Toffees will be expecting midfielder James McCarthy and left-back Leighton Baines to return from hamstring injuries, while midfielder Gareth Barry misses out through suspension, but Idrissa Gueye is available once more.

For the Swans, Nathan Dyer is expected to shake off an ankle injury in time to feature, while Jefferson Montero (fractured hand) will face a late fitness test.

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