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Everton v. Swansea City: Writer Prediction League

RBM's staff foresees success for Everton against struggling Swansea

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When we last left our writer prediction league, five of our writers guessed that Everton would earn at least a point in a tough match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It feels like it was so long ago now -- how did that end up for them?

Oh yeah, I remember now.

The team's 5-0 loss to Chelsea was embarrassing and demoralizing, leaving the staff, players, and supporters two weeks to think about how so many things went wrong.

Our predictions weren't substantially better than Everton's performance either. Below are our staff's picks, with correct guesses in bold.

Writer Opener MOTM Winner Score
Adam Eden Hazard Seamus Coleman Chelsea 2-0
Calvin Diego Costa Romelu Lukaku Chelsea 2-1
Darren Hazard Ashley Williams Draw 2-2
Matt Costa Yannick Bolasie Chelsea 3-1
Mike Costa Bolasie Chelsea 2-0
Sean Costa Gareth Barry Everton 2-1
Tom Hazard Williams Draw 1-1
Troy Ross Barkley Maarten Stekelenburg Everton 1-0
Tyler Lukaku Stekelenburg Everton 2-1

Darren, Tom, and I all correctly picked Hazard to score the match's first goal, though none of us suspected that it would be the first of five for Antonio Conte's side. However, Calvin, Matt, Mike, and I did correctly predict a Chelsea victory.

With those points taken into consideration, the writer prediction league table has a new leader...

Writer Points
Adam 23
Calvin 21
Tom 21
Tyler 21
Darren 20
Mike 20
Sean 20
Troy 20
Ryan 17
Brian 16
Matt 13

I've jumped out to a two-point lead atop the table, with seven of our writers within two points of the top spot.

This week, a struggling Swansea City visits Goodison Park, with our writers almost unanimously picking an Everton victory and success from a few key players.

Writer Opener MOTM Winner Score
Adam Lukaku Bolasie Everton 2-0
Calvin Leroy Fer Bolasie Draw 2-2
Darren Lukaku Barkley Everton 3-1
Matt Coleman Williams Everton 2-1
Mike Barkley Bolasie Everton 3-1
Sean Lukaku Idrissa Gueye Everton 3-1
Tom Lukaku Lukaku Everton 3-0
Troy Barkley Lukaku Everton 2-1
Tyler Lukaku Barkley Everton 2-0

Only Calvin foresees the Toffees not taking all three points on Saturday -- his 2-2 draw prediction in the lone dissent among the group.

Three writers are predicting a 3-1 victory for Everton, while another two each picked 2-1 and 2-0. Tom is the most confident of the bunch this week, predicting a 3-0 thrashing at Goodison Park.

We're also nearly unanimously in picking big weeks for Lukaku and Barkley -- eight of ten participants this week picked one or both players as their first goalscorer and Everton man of the match. Historically, high confidence from our writers hasn't meant too much in terms of individual and team performances, so this should be an interesting week!