Although the title fight is not over yet, the battle for sixth and seventh place looks the most interesting right now. In the 12th episode of our weekly column, in which we analyse the interesting facts from the world of English football, we will look at the struggling Everton, who are still second to last, alongside the battle for the European Cup.
Everton are shaking
For a long time the jeering from Liverpool fans has been annoying and unpleasant. This year, although Reds supporters cannot afford the taunting in view of the results, ironically their main rival is close to relegation.
One win can take them out of the relegation zone from the penultimate place, but the next two rounds will be tough against upstart Brighton and Manchester City. So the final rounds with Wolves and Bournemouth must be for six points, which means a critical situation.
Everton, moreover, do not look capable of winning games by offensive quality. It is at least picking up points for draws thanks to the great Jordan Pickford, but that is not enough. It still doesn’t have a clear first choice in attack, with both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay downright struggling.
Villa, Brighton, or both?
Both are having respectable seasons. More accurately, Aston Villa have only even had half a season, which makes their story even more beautiful. In the winter it was teetering on the brink of rescue, now it’s only a score behind the Top 6. And Tottenham, given the form of both teams, may overtake them.
Brighton are two points worse off, but have three games in hand. It still plays both Manchester City and Arsenal, yet has percentage probability on its side. Who knows, maybe a mutual match with Villans in the last round will decide.
Villans have a tough draw, but at the same time they can play themselves out of success. They have already beaten Tottenham on their soil fresh from calling up Unaie Emery, this time they will have him on the scoop at home. At the moment, they are also in much better form.
Despite the long-standing criticism of Spurs, their quality cannot be overlooked. Harry Kane is firing as we know him this year, plus Tottenham have a significantly easier lot to play for next to Villa – Brentford, Leeds and West Ham. We’ll see, either way it will be something to watch.
Source: Premier League
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