The teams at the bottom have now got 90 minutes left to ensure their survival in the Premier League. We take a look at the odds of the three teams in jeopardy to be relegated heading into Sunday’s games…
A couple of months ago it looked like the final day of the Premier League season could be fascinating with the title, Champions League and survival all up for grabs.
Well that is not the case as Man City have already sewn up the Championship and Manchester United look all but certain to join Newcastle, Arsenal and Pep’s side in Europe’s premier club competition next season. That leaves us with the battle to stay in the top flight and we are down to three teams for that one available spot to remain in the Premier League.
Heading into the weekend and we find Everton as the odds-on favourites to remain in the division. They have everything in their hands and should they beat Bournemouth in front of what should be a raucous crowd at Goodison Park on Sunday then neither Leeds nor Leicester will be able to stop them celebrating yet another late escape from the drop.
If they do survive then many will point to the quite outstanding 1-5 victory on the road at the Amex as the turning point. Should Sean Dyche’s side put in a display of that ilk then the 1/4 odds of them to be celebrating on Sunday evening seem long. If you think it all goes wrong then you can back them at 11/4 to be relegated.
The problem is we’ve also seen several really disappointing performances and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin rated as doubtful following limping off during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves, do they have the firepower to ensure they stay up without the need to rely on other results?
Leicester are the team most likely to swoop in should Everton fail to do the job themselves. A battling point at Newcastle on Monday ensured that they would stay up should they beat West Ham and the Toffees fail to get all three points themselves. A bold decision to drop Jamie Maddison and Harvey Barnes just about paid off for Dean Smith as they saw the Geordies hit the woodwork three times but fail to get a decisive goal.
On Sunday they welcome in a West Ham side who have a Europa Conference League Final to prepare for and could easily see a weakened XI sent out by David Moyes. On paper you would say the Foxes have the best fixture due to that fact but the Hammers did beat Leeds at the weekend in a result that makes the Yorkshire club heavy favourite to return back to the Championship. Leicester are 10/3 to stay up and 1/5 to fall through the trapdoor.
Leeds welcome a wounded Spurs to Elland Road knowing they need plenty of help to remain a top flight team. That disappointing display at the London Stadium will be extremely tough to recover from. That was a game that they really needed to win but despite taking the lead, it wasn’t to be and with Patrick Bamford leaving the game early due to injury, they need a whole lot of help.
Usually you would say Spurs are a tough team to beat but it might shock many to read that the last time they won away from home was at Deepdale in an FA Cup tie back in January. This is a game that even a depleted Leeds side can win but relying on both Leicester and Everton to fail to do what they need is hoping for plenty. We are 1/25 that Leeds do indeed get relegated on Sunday and you can odds of 10/1 that Big Sam will get that big bonus!
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