Everton-Swansea City Preview
(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Two of the most impressive teams from the opening four rounds of the Premier League season meet at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon, when Swansea City host Everton.
Both sides have seven points from their opening four games, with the Swans defying the loss of both manager and key players to put in a great start to the campaign. However, manager Michael Laudrup is not getting carried away ahead of a tricky game against Everton.
"We are happy with the points we have, but it is only a start at the moment," said Laudrup. "You cannot take away what we have already got, but we have to continue, we cannot sit back and think 'that's great'. Every game is difficult and it is the same Saturday against a very good side.
"It is a big challenge for us against a club who have a lot of continuity on the pitch and in the offices. David Moyes has been there ten years so everyone knows exactly what is wanted of them. They are strong with a lot of individual quality, especially on the left side where they are very good with (Leighton) Baines and (Steve) Pienaar. And everybody knows about (Marouane) Fellaini who is a difficult player to mark in particular in the last third. They are a strong side but we have a lot of confidence and we know what we are capable of.
"It is difficult for us, but we are at home and we know we have to get a lot of points at home - it is vital for us like most teams in the Premier League. Even though the opponent is a very good side with the same points, we have to go for it and go for a win."
Saturday's visitors have started the season brightly, but were pegged back from 2-0 down to 2-2 by Newcastle United on Monday evening, and look likely to be without Nikica Jelavic up front due to an injury picked up in that game. Victor Anichebe came off the bench to score in the 2-2 draw, and is hoping to make an impact during the Croatian international's absence.
"I am always happy just to be on the pitch as I've had some injuries in my time," said Anichebe. "It is nice for me to learn off Niki as he plays as that lone striker and he's a great player. He plays between the centre-halves and that's what I'm trying to do more instead of dropping off."
Swansea are without Kyle Bartley (thigh) and Neil Taylor (ankle), while Garry Monk is a doubt with a back problem. Everton are definitely without Darron Gibson (thigh).
Everton did the double over Swansea last season, not conceding in either game. In 15 meetings between these two clubs there have been four draws, with Everton winning the remaining 11 matches. Swansea are unbeaten in five at home in the league, scoring 13 goals in those games.
Updated September 20, 2012