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Will Everton stay up?

The club’s form under Lampard has not improved at all and with a handful of fixtures remaining, the club’s top-flight status is in jeopardy.


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Everton's season so far

Last summer, R. Benítez Maudes was announced as Everton's new manager after C. Ancelotti decided to join Real Madrid. After a good first season under Ancelotti, the fans were frustrated to see him leave.

However, the appointment of Rafa added fuel to the fire as the anger among the fans grew. However, despite all the frustration surrounding the appointment of the new boss, the toffees started the club on fire. They won three of their first four games in the Premier League.

The new signings, D. Gray and A. Townsend, started the season in great form and were combining excellently. However, soon the decline began. With a Liverpool icon as their head coach, the fans took no time reacting to the declining performances and results.

From October to December, Everton lost 7 out of 11 Premier League games with a single win against Arsenal. In this terrible run, they also lost the Merseyside Derby 4-1 at home. That was pretty much the moment everyone knew Rafa's tenure was close to its end.

The club sacked Benitez after a 2-1 defeat in the hands of relegation rivals Norwich City. A Premier League legend, F. Lampard was hired by Everton, which came as a surprising decision. In a relegation battler, a lack of experience is not a great thing to have.

His first game was an FA Cup win against Brentford, followed by a defeat in the League away at Newcastle United. Following the game against Newcastle, He booked his first win as an Everton manager beating Leeds United 3-0 in the process.

The following results were extremely inconsistent, consisting of too many defeats and a few wins. Their form away from home was getting worse every time they played an away game.

Everton's remaining fixtures

On the back of losing a Merseyside Derby at Anfield, Lampard's side prepares to face Chelsea at the Goodison. The following week, they face Leicester City at the King Power. The next two games are unlikely sources for Everton to get much from.

There was a lot of heart and spirit in the game against Liverpool, which was the only positive to take away from the defeat. If they show that energy level in their remaining games, they could end up outside the drop zone.

It's after the Leicester game where a run of favourable fixtures begins. They go to the Vicarage Road to face Watford, with R. Hodgson's side struggling to pick up points. However, that game will be the last chance of completing an unlikely miracle for Watford. That makes it harder for Everton, but the toffees have better players in their squad. Their away form doesn't encourage at all, but that's what it will take to survive in the big League.

Everton then have two consecutive games at home against two mid-table sides. First, they will face Brentford. A side that has impressed everyone with their performances this season under T. Frank. Next will be P. Vieira's impressive Crystal Palace side, who have shocked a lot of people this season. Out of the three games against Watford, Brentford and Palace, Lampard should at least get seven points.

The last game of the season will be against Arsenal, who could be fighting for a top-four spot on the final day of the season. As a result, M. Arteta Amatriain will put out his strongest eleven to get a result.

The only challenger against Everton in this race for the 17th spot are Burnley. The clarets sacked S. Dyche a few weeks ago and have got a few good results under the new interim boss. They sit just outside the relegation zone, two points above Everton, but they have played a game more than Lampard's side. That in itself is a lifeline for the toffees.

However, Burnley do have a much better momentum than Everton, which plays a huge role in relegation battles.

It does not look great for Everton, but they have an advantage as a game in hand is a huge bonus during this time of the season. It would be an absolute shame for Everton to go down after spending so much money but looking at the current situation, the likeliness of it happening is high.

Author: Devashish Akolekar