Everton’s Premier League season, which began well after avoiding relegation last year, has been tumultuous. Although manager Sean Dyche has achieved some good results, bad ones have also persisted.
They are now in a precarious situation in the final stages of the season, threatened with relegation. Here’s how we expect them to perform in their last seven matches.
22 April: Crystal Palace (a) 27 April: Newcastle (h) 1 May: Leicester (a) 8 May: Brighton (a) 14 May: Man City (h) 20 May: Wolves (a) 28 May: Bournemouth (h)
Crystal Palace v Everton
Everton’s next game is a testing trip to play a resurgent Crystal Palace side. Former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has worked wonders for the club, pulling them clear of immediate danger with three successive wins.
The Toffees must collect points in this game, or risk falling even deeper into relegation trouble. They defeated Palace 3-0 at Goodison Park last year, but a draw would be an acceptable outcome at this stage, given the hosts’ recent form.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Everton
Everton v Newcastle
In their match against Newcastle later this month, Everton requires a vociferous home support to create an intimidating environment. Their home form was crucial in avoiding relegation last year, and their victory over the Magpies was instrumental in their eventual survival.
However, Eddie Howe’s re-energized side will present a difficult challenge. The match is predicted to be a closely contested game, with fine margins separating two evenly-matched teams.
Prediction: Everton 0-1 Newcastle
Leicester v Everton
This will be a vitally important game for both teams and could decide the relegation outcome. Leicester and Everton are both primary candidates to be relegated.
Dean Smith’s appointment as the Foxes’ manager followed their rapid decline. Sean Dyche’s team, on the other hand, should consider this to be a game they could win. While the term ‘relegation six-pointer’ is often overused, this fixture could determine who will drop into the Championship.
The match is predicted to be a tense, nervy affair, however.
Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Everton
Brighton v Everton
Brighton have outperformed all season, showcasing technical class in their 4-1 thrashing of Everton in January. Therefore, Everton’s trip to the Amex Stadium in May will be intimidating.
Roberto De Zerbi’s side is pressing for European football and is expected to be on top form. Everton, as clear underdogs, are hoping that they will be able to upset the odds and catch the Seagulls on a bad day.
Prediction: Brighton 2-0 Everton
Everton v Man City
Everton has enjoyed close home matches with Manchester City for several years, including last season’s controversial 1-1 draw, where Rodri escaped punishment for handball.
However, this time around, the match could be more straightforward for the Cityzens. Pep Guardiola’s team has rediscovered their form after a lull, and with Erling Haaland emulating Dixie Dean this season, it would take a miracle to avoid a defeat for Everton.
Prediction: Everton 0-3 Man City
Wolves v Everton
Despite both teams flirting with relegation, Everton may fancy themselves in this match. Wolves may be safe by this point and could have nothing to play for, which suits Everton, who are in desperate need of points.
Wolves won 2-1 at Goodison Park, which was a terrible result for the hosts, but Everton could seek redemption at Molineux.
Prediction: Wolves 0-1 Everton
Everton v Bournemouth
The final game of the season against Bournemouth could be defining for Everton. Hopefully, Everton will have secured safety by that point. Otherwise, they could be in for a nerve-wracking encounter.
As a newly-promoted team, Bournemouth has outperformed this season, but they could yet be sucked in over the final seven matches. Everton will be favorites to prevail with home advantage, regardless of the situation, making it a less intense match.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Bournemouth
Predicted run-in points: 8/21 Predicted total points: 35