One thing keeping some Everton fans optimistic is that they do have a game in hand on Burnley, however, their schedule is far less enticing than the Clarets’, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester still to play, as well as FA Cup semi-finalists Crystal Palace and an in-form Brentford.
Burnley on the other hand, much to the delight of fans, have hit some slight form following the dismissal of Sean Dyche after 10 years in charge. They have accumulated seven points out of a possible nine in their last three and with a much more favourable run-in to finish the season they look odds on to stay up as it stands.
There is however one more club Everton fans will be praying can be reeled in to take the relegation hit instead – Leeds United. Following a string of poor results and performances, largely thanks to a number of high-profile injuries including star man Kalvin Phillips as well as last season's top scorer Patrick Bamford, legendary manager and fan favourite Marcelo Bielsa was given the boot and replaced by American Coach Jesse Marsch.
Their form has subsequently improved, however, with three of their remaining five games coming against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, Everton will be praying for a turn in their luck so they can capitalise on Leeds’ tough remaining fixtures. They sit 16th, five points ahead of Everton at the moment but the Toffees have a game in hand, it is not totally inconceivable to suggest they can be caught.