Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Swansea clash
By Dominic Toner
Mark Lawrenson has predicted Everton to suffer a defeat when they travel to Swansea on Saturday.
The Toffees make the trip to the Liberty Stadium for a league clash and will be looking to respond from the defeat to leaders Chelsea in their last game.
Ronald Koeman’s side are guaranteed a top-seven finish, though, and are back in European competition next season.
Meanwhile, Swansea are seriously battling the possibility of relegation from the top-flight and need the points to get out of the drop zone.
BBC pundit Lawrenson has tipped the home side to win 2-1 at the weekend and feels that Everton don’t have much left to play for this season.
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“Chelsea’ 3-0 win at Goodison Park flattered them a little bit, but Everton still looked a bit flat to me,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. ”I am not saying they are playing like they are ready for the beach, and their manager Ronald Koeman would not tolerate that either.
“But the fact is the Toffees are the Premier League team with the least to play for in terms of league position, so there is nothing on the line for them in their last few fixtures – including their bonus for where they finish in the table. Swansea, in contrast, are fighting for their lives.”
Everton drew 1-1 in the previous meeting against the Swans last season, with an 89th minute goal from Seamus Coleman earning a late point.
The Merseyside club have found it more difficult on the road this season and are without a win in their last six away game, while their home form at Goodison Park as been formidable.
Koeman is looking to establish Everton at the top-end of the table and they may already be thinking about next season.
In other Everton news, two senior players have been ruled out of the Swansea clash.