• Andre Ayew restored the lead with a deflected strike in the first half 
  • Gareth Barry’s clever near-post finished levelled the score for the hosts
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring for Swansea from the penalty spot
  • Spot-kick was awarded after Tim Howard fouled Andre Ayew in the box
  • Everton XI: Howard, Oviedo, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines, Barry, Besic, Deulofeu, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku 
  • Subs: Joel, Kone, Lennon, Cleverley, Osman, Pienaar, Coleman
  • Swansea XI: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Cork, Ki, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Ayew  
  • Subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Barrow, Montero, Emnes, Eder  
  • Francesco Guidolin will be in dugout for the first time for the visitors
  • Roberto Martinez’s team will want to end their four-game winless run
  • CLICK HERE for all the pre-match team news, stats and odds 

Matt Maltby For Mailonline

Join MATT MALTBY for live coverage of Sunday’s Premier League match from Goodison Park as Everton host Swansea. 

Roberto Martinez’s team will want to end their four-game winless run but come up against a resurgent Swansea team who will have Francesco Guidolin in the dugout for the first time. 

CHRIS WHEELER will supply updates from the ground.   

    • Matt Maltby

      Host commentator

    53 mins: Everton are enjoying much of the possession now and they’re inches from making it 2-2. A hopeful ball into the box avoids everyone before finding its way to Pienaar who fails to keep his effort down.

    51 mins: Swansea goalkeeper Fabiasnski goes to Anthony Taylor’s notepad for wasting time on a free-kick. Silly there from the former Arsenal man.

    48 mins: Good save from Howard but perhaps Routledge should have made it 3-1 there. Ki begins the attack and plays in the winger who uses his pace to beat the offside trap.

    However, the former Spurs man takes a shot with his weaker foot and Howard makes himself big enough to prevent a third goal.

    Everton get us back underway then, kicking off from left to right. Can Swansea retain their lead? Let’s see…

    Swansea City’s Sigurdsson opens the scoring from the spot

    Gareth Barry equalises with a clever bear-post flick from an Everton corner

    Ayew points to the sky after restoring the lead for the visitors

    The Goodison Park faithful boo the team off at half-time as referee Anthony Taylor blows his whistle. Very entertaining opening 45 minutes but Martinez will be fuming with yet another poor defensive performance from his team.

    Stones’ poor pass led to the first goal and static defending made them pay later on. Swansea, on the other hand, will be delighted with their first-half showing. 

    42 mins: The first yellow card goes to Rangel after a needless challenge. 

    What a first half we are being treated to at Goodison Park. Slight controversy in the build up as the ball appears to strike Williams’ hand but the visitors certainly won’t be complaining. Ayew times his run perfectly and watches his powerful strike deflect off Stones and beyond Howard.

    27 mins: Less than half an hour played and Everton have been forced into a second substitution. This time it’s Mirallas who picks up an injury and he is replaced by Pienaar.

    And it’s the captain Gareth Barry who equalises for the hosts. Just as Everton fans were beginning to vent their frustrations, their side score. Deulofeu delivers a low corner and the former England midfielder is on hand with a clever near-post finish. 

    And it’s Swansea with the opener after calamity defending from Everton. John Stones plays a weak pass back to Howard rather than clear to safety and the goalkeeper catches Ayew with a late clearance after being beaten to the ball. 

    Sigurdsson steps up to send his spot-kick into the top left corner. You’d have to blame Stones there…

    Besic runs with the ball as Everton compete with Swansea

    Everton’s Bosnian midfielder Besic reacts after hitting the post

    10 mins: With 10 minutes on the clock and Cleverley replaces the injured Besic. Not an ideal start for Roberto Martinez

    4 mins: Lively opening at Goodison Park where Barkley gets the Everton faithful off their seats with a lovely bit of skill to nutmeg Ki. With his back turned to his opponent, the midfielder eases past the Swansea man. 

    3 mins: Swansea may well be struggling this season but they have still continued to stick with their philosophy – and it’s the same today. However, they are nearly punished by Everton as Besic counter-attacks and sees his strike hit the post.

    Swansea get us underway at Goodison Park and they can move four points clear of the relegation zone with victory over out-of-form Everton today. 

    The players enter the Goodison Park field ahead of this Barclays Premier League clash.

    Tim Howard will be hoping to produce an impressive performance this season having conceded 32 goals this season. Stay tuned to see if he can…

    With five minutes to kick-off, why not tuck into some pre-match reading?

    JOE BERNSTEIN: Having stared down Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale, no opponent intimidates Everton’s latest midfield ‘Dog of War’, Muhamed Besic. His biggest concern is to ensure he keeps himself under control.

    The 23-year-old Bosnian international has already become a cult hero at Goodison Park where older fans remember the 1995 FA Cup-winning trio Joe Parkinson, Barry Horne and John Ebbrell who were given their battle-hardened moniker by manager Joe Royle.

    Besic’s competitive nature comes at a cost though. He was booked 11 times in his debut season in the Premier League in 2014-15 and was sent off for his country against Andorra in September for throwing his chewing gum at an opponent.

    CLICK HERE to full the full story…

    Steven Pienaar of Everton poses with fans as he arrives at the stadium

    A young Everton fan shows his support outside Goodison Park

    The Everton dressing room before the Barclays Premier League match

    Swansea City players pictured on the pitch ahead of the Premier League match

    Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin and coach Gabriele Ambrosetti prior to the match

    Swansea starting XI: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Britton, Cork, Ki, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Ayew

    Substitutes: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Barrow, Montero, Emnes, Eder

    Phil Jagielka misses out on this match then with Ramiro Funes Mori replacing the captain in defence. Gareth Barry will skipper his side against Swansea.

    Everton starting XI: Howard, Baines, Stones, Funes Mori, Oviedo, Barry (c), Besic, Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku

    Substitutes: Joel, Kone, Lennon, Cleverley, Osman, Pienaar, Coleman

    Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of today’s clash between Everton and Swansea.

    The visitors will have Italian Francesco Guidolin in the dugout for the first time since his appointment as head coach and the Welsh side will be hoping to replicate their 1-0 victory over Watford last time out.

    However, Everton have plenty to play for too and will be looking to end their four-game winless run in front their home fans at Goodison Park. 

    Team news coming your way…



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