Everton won’t go down but do find themselves in a relegation battle, according to former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer.
Frank Lampard’s side are now only above the bottom three on goal difference after they suffered an eighth defeat in nine league games against Wolves on Sunday.
What happened against Wolves?
Following the embarrassing 5-0 defeat at Tottenham six days earlier, the Toffees boss would have been looking for a big response from his players, who’ve only tasted victory once under his guidance.
But it only ended up being the latest in a long line of poor performances of late, with Everton mustering up just two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes. One of those should have resulted in the opening goal, but Richarlison couldn’t beat Jose Sa at his near post, while the same player found the side netting after the interval.
And they were punished early in the second period, when Ruben Neves’ pinpoint cross was guided home by Conor Coady for the only goal of the game.
Everton’s misery was compounded late on when Jojo Kenny collected two bookings in quick succession and will now miss the crucial clash with Newcastle on Thursday through suspension.
Lampard’s team do have games in hand on all of the sides around them, but their situation is becoming more concerning with every passing week.
What did Palmer say about Everton?
When asked whether Everton could end up losing their ever-present status as a Premier League club, Palmer told GIVEMESPORT: “I can’t see them going down, but I said recently that anyone up to Brentford are involved in a relegation battle.”
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Could Everton get relegated?
Along with Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, Everton are one of just six teams that have never been relegated from the Premier League.
But with 12 games remaining and only goal difference keeping them above danger, there’s no guarantee that the Toffees will be playing top-flight football next season.
Everton do have three games in hand on 18th place Watford, the team who occupy the final place in the bottom three, and Leeds, who sit directly above them.
But the Merseysiders have collected just eight points from a possible 57 since they drew at Man United at the beginning of October, and if that form continues from now until the end of the season, it’ll almost certainly end in relegation.
Everton have a great chance to give themselves some breathing space by beating Newcastle this week, and with games to come against West Ham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, it’s probably best that Lampard’s men take maximum points from the Magpies.