Everton clash highlights Swansea managerial progression


Whenever Swansea City appoint a new manager they take careful consideration to make sure that whoever comes in has the same footballing ideologies as them.

The Swans pride themselves on playing attacking, possession-based football and want someone in charge who can bring that to the Liberty Stadium.

Coincidentally, this all started with Roberto Martinez, whose Everton side are the next opponents for the Welsh club.

The Toffees are 4/6 favourites for the clash, but their opponents familiarity with their gaffer could prove troublesome at Goodison Park.

Francesco Guidolin is of the same mould of Martinez, but more experienced and the Italian manager has Champions League experience.

He’ll know what to do when up against set up like Everton and it would be wise to back the former Udinese boss to go unbeaten in his first Premier League outing.

Backing the Swans to either win or draw on their trip to Merseyside is priced at 8/11 and would be a wise choice.

However the combination of Guidolin and Martinez’s similarity, mixed in with the fact that the Welsh side were formed on how the Spanish manager operates means the Premier League strugglers have a rare advantage in the sense that they know exactly what they’ll be up against.

Therefore, the underdogs should be backed for a rare victory and this is priced at 17/4.

Punters looking for another way to get some cash should look no further than *Ladbrokes’ Double Odds First Goalscorer promotion.

This match presents a unique opportunity in this regard as one of the top-flight’s top marksmen will be in action.

Only Jamie Vardy has scored as many goals in the league as Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian forward matching the Leicester City man on 15 strikes.

Backing the forward to open the scoring at 7/2 would be a wise investment.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.