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22nd September 2012
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Swansea v Everton preview
Michael Laudrup: Is hoping to continue his fine start as Swansea boss with a win over Everton at the Liberty Stadium
Swansea City could go top of the table - for a few hours at least - with a win over Everton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
The Swans made a flying start to life under new boss Michael Laudrup, winning two and drawing one of their first three games, including a thumping 5-0 opening day win over QPR at Loftus Road.
They saw their wings clipped somewhat following a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa last weekend but will be confident of bouncing back at the Liberty Stadium, where they are unbeaten in their last five games stretching back to the start of April.
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.Remote Record..With Chelsea not playing until later in the day on Saturday, the Welsh outfit can even go top of the pile with a win over David Moyes' Toffees.
However, they have yet to beat Everton in any of their previous 15 league and cup meetings, with the Merseysiders winning both encounters last season without conceding a goal.
Everton could also draw level with Chelsea at the summit with a win, although their inferior goal difference means only a thumping victory would see them leapfrog the Londoners.
Moyes' side are notoriously slow starters but appear to have reversed that trend this year, with two wins and a draw from their first four games.
Indeed, their defeat at West Brom at the start of the month was their first loss in 12 Premier League games stretching back to last March.
Swansea defender Ashley Williams faces a race against time to recover from an ankle injury.
His absence would be a blow as the Swans are already without the suspended Chico Flores and injured trio of Kyle Bartley, Garry Monk and Neil Taylor.
Everton will be without striker Nikica Jelavic, who bruised his knee and shin in a collision during Monday's match against Newcastle.
Darron Gibson misses out with a thigh injury, and Tony Hibbert is a doubt
Phil Neville is available despite having to come off towards the end of Wednesday night's Capital One Cup second-round victory over Leyton Orient with a hamstring problem, as is defender Tony Hibbert, who has missed the last two games with a neck injury.
Swansea have never beaten Everton, losing 11 and drawing four of their 15 previous meetings in all competitions.
Everton have scored at least twice in all seven league visits to Swansea.
The Swans failed to score in either of last season's meetings with the Toffees.
The Swans are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games.
Only Manchester United and Fulham have scored as many goals (10) as Swansea in the Premier League so far this season.
Victory for Swansea would give them 10 points - their best return from the first five games of a top-flight campaign.
Michu is looking to score in his third consecutive home game for the club.
David Moyes's side have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League matches (W7, D5).
Leighton Baines has scored 10 Premier League goals since August 2010, more than any other defender in the division during that period.
The Toffees sit seventh in the Premier League with seven points - mirroring their position and points return after four games last season.
Everton need two goals to reach 7,000 in league football.
Swansea (from): Vorm, Tate, Williams, Britton, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Gower, Richards, Davies, Tiendalli.
Everton (from): Howard, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Neville, Pienaar, Osman, Naismith, Fellaini, Mucha, Gueye, Coleman, Heitinga, Anichebe, Mirallas