Everton’s Premier League survival could hinge on whether it can secure a result at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday, hoping to end a run of three games without a win over the Eagles.
The Toffees sit two points off the relegation zone with two games to play but travel to Arsenal in their season finale on Saturday, underscoring a need for points against Patrick Vieira’s side.
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Frank Lampard’s side trail Palace 7-1 on aggregate from the club’s two meetings this season, although the Chelsea legend was only at the helm for one of those, a 4-0 thrashing in the FA Cup in March.
Three points against Palace on Thursday would ensure Leeds United can no longer catch Everton and secure the top-flight status for next term. Anything less than that would mean both the Whites and Burnley could feasibly push them into the bottom three on the season’s last day.
Both Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon are unavailable for the midweek hosts after each saw red during Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at home to Brentford.
That ended a run of four home outings without defeat for the Toffees, while Palace is coming off the back of a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa. Vieira & Co. lost three consecutive away fixtures in April but are now unbeaten in two on the road, with a chance to finish the season among the top half if the club can win at least one of their last two games.
Lampard is aware of the significance of Thursday’s match and has conceded Everton’s 68-year stay in the top flight could be decided across the next 90 minutes.
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