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Everton edging to Premier League safety

12 May 2022 | Premier League | Opinion
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Everton edging to Premier League safety
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Wednesday night could have been a big one in the fight for Premier League survival, as Leeds suffered a 3-0 home defeat by Chelsea. However, relegation rivals Everton could only pick up a 0-0 draw at already-relegated Watford.

The results leave Frank Lampard’s Everton just two points clear of the drop zone, with Burnley and Leeds both trailing the Toffees by two points.

Although Leeds are level on points with Burnley, they have played an extra game than both Burnley and the men from Merseyside.

It is that game in hand that could see Everton escape the relegation dogfight, especially as they have home games against mid-table Brentford and Crystal Palace to come next.

The Toffees have built a stronger home record in recent months. They are currently unbeaten in four Premier League matches at Goodison Park, having picked up ten points. The fans have made the grand old stadium a bear pit with their partisan support.

The way things are going the Toffees are just edging themselves to safety. A draw against struggling Watford was not the best result.

However, it was another point to safety and a rare clean sheet on their travels this season.

The result keeps Everton above the relegation and that is what is vital at this point in the season.

The Toffees must ensure safety as soon as they can but now look like favourites out of the three relegation candidates to beat the drop.

If the Toffees do survive the drop this season, then head coach Lampard and the club's recruitment team will no doubt look to overhaul this underachieving squad in the summer to ensure there is no repeat of this season.

Their Premier League status is not yet ensured. However, it would now be a surprise if one of the longest-serving teams in the English top flight now suffers relegation this season.

Premier League
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Manchester City 90 37 28 6 3 96 24 72
2
Liverpool 86 36 26 8 2 89 24 65
3
Chelsea 70 36 20 10 6 73 31 42
4
Tottenham 68 37 21 5 11 64 40 24
5
Arsenal 66 36 21 3 12 56 45 11
6
Manchester United 58 37 16 10 11 57 56 1
7
West Ham 56 37 16 8 13 59 48 11
8
Wolverhampton 51 37 15 6 16 37 40 -3
9
Leicester City 48 36 13 9 14 57 57 0
10
Brighton 48 37 11 15 11 39 43 -4
11
Brentford 46 37 13 7 17 47 54 -7
12
Crystal Palace 45 36 10 15 11 47 43 4
13
Aston Villa 44 36 13 5 18 49 50 -1
14
Newcastle United 43 36 11 10 15 40 61 -21
15
Southampton 40 36 9 13 14 41 61 -20
16
Everton 36 36 10 6 20 39 59 -20
17
Leeds United 35 37 8 11 18 40 78 -38
18
Burnley 34 36 7 13 16 32 50 -18
19
Watford 23 37 6 5 26 33 75 -42
20
Norwich City 22 37 5 7 25 23 79 -56

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