|Everton lost at home to Brentford and must win against Crystal Palace to avoid final day heartbreak at the Emirates. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
It’s a relegation six-pointer day in the English premier league; ignore Leicester’s trip to Stamford Bridge for a moment; the fixture is a dead rubber one after Newcastle beat Arsenal.
Everton at home to Crystal Palace is probably the Toffees’ game of the season. Frank Lampard’s side bottled their chance to achieve survival against Watford last week; everyone beats the Hornets at Vicarage Road, a win for Everton over the weekend would have guaranteed premier league football next season, but they managed to bottle it.
Whatever happened to Everton at home to Brentford must never happen in this fixture; how do you go from appealing for a penalty while in the lead to bagging a red card, to going in front again and then conceding twice to lose in front of your fans?
Burnley will be away to Aston Villa, and if they win, they will only need a point on the final day to be safe from relegation. It is still very much in the hands of Everton and Burnley; standing in their respective ways are Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace and Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa… Thursday night would be fun.
How will Everton approach this? They first must take care of their indiscipline issues. How did Braithwaite get sent off on a day they needed the win to assure themselves of safety? It’s unforgivable, and Lampard needs to see to it.
Mike Jackson should be in the running for the manager of the season. Not many people gave him and his team a chance after the sacking of Sean Dyches; relegation can still happen for Burnley if they don’t pick any point at Villa Park; they will need to do all the hard work at home on the final day and hope Leeds lose too.
As it stands, Everton can end all the madness with a win at home against the Eagles. If Everton fails to do their business on their turf against Palace, they might be in big trouble on the final day with Arsenal bleeding after missing out on top-four technically with the loss at Newcastle.
Leeds United will play Brentford away on the final day, it’s a difficult game, but if they win, they might be above Burnley with the Clarets hosting high flying Newcastle. It’s a three-way drama, and it can swing anywhere, but we live for this. Welcome to the premier league.