Big Sam Sticks To A Winning Formula: Everton’s Predicted Line-Up v Swansea

By timgarrett IN Lineup,Premier League - 08:00 Dec 18th 2017

Having spent much of the season being seen as one of the Premier League’s crisis clubs, it has been remarkable to see Everton’s upturn in fortunes over recent weeks. Since Big Sam Allardyce was appointed as their new manager the Toffees have played 4, won 3, drawn 1 and climbed well clear of immediate danger in the table.

There will be no resting on laurels, however, as Allardyce has made it clear that now is not the time for celebration by cancelling the club’s Christmas party. Results must come first, and that starts with the visit of Swansea this evening.

Paul Clement’s side are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and are seriously struggling for goals. Their 1-0 victory over West Brom a week ago showed there’s fight in them yet, but an upturn in fortunes is required soon if they’re to save themselves.

All to play for then, and Allardyce will have to get his team selection right if he’s to come out victorious. This is the XI we expect him to go with:

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EVERTON LINE-UP
v SWANSEA - GOODISON PARK, 18 Dec 2017, 20:00
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Pickford
84%
000 / 0
Kenny
56%
011 / 0
Holgate
52%
001 / 0
Ashley Wil
74%
206 / 0
Cuco Marti
43%
002 / 0
Gueye
70%
005 / 1
Schneiderl
57%
005 / 2
Lennon
28%
000 / 0
Rooney
66%
1013 / 0
Gylfi Sigu
71%
243 / 0
Calvert-Le
68%
743 / 0
Totals211029 / 3

After midweek victory at Newcastle last time out, Big Sam is unlikely to see the need to shuffle his pack. What had seemed like a highly unbalanced squad finally came together, and he will be keen to maintain that momentum.

The partnership of Mason Holgate and Ashley Williams at the back is key to this, and throughout even the trickiest spells they’ve always performed admirably for Everton as a pair. In 27 starts together, they conceded less than a goal per game on average.

Morgan Schneiderlin has only taken part in 57% of Everton’s Premier League campaign, but a continuation of his recent upturn in form will be key to their progress. On paper, there are very few attributes missing from his partnership with Idrissa Gueye.

Wayne Rooney got his 9th league goal of the season against Newcastle last time out, taking him level with Romelu Lukaku and just one behind Sergio Agüero. It’s a fantastic return from the 32-year-old, and his contribution will again be vital here.

It’s a strong Everton side which will fancy it’s chances of claiming all 3 points. While victory may or may not come, however, one thing that’s almost guaranteed is that there will be a corner. Coral are offering new customers crazy odds of 25/1 on either side getting one, and as bets go it really is a no-brainer.

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