Premier League Relegation Odds: Leeds, Leicester & Everton Set For Final Battle
The Premier League relegation battle will conclude on Sunday and the best betting sites believe there is a clear favourite to survive.
Everton, Leicester City and Leeds United are the teams fighting for survival with one round of fixtures left to fulfil.
All three teams are at home this weekend, but two sets of fans at Goodison Park, the King Power Stadium and Elland Road are guaranteed to be disappointed at 6.30pm on Sunday.
So, which two teams will be relegated, and which will preserve their top-tier status?
Let’s take a look at the latest odds before delving deeper into this dramatic demotion dogfight.
Leeds Need Three Results To Go For Them
Leeds cannot blame anyone but themselves for their current predicament.
The Whites survived on the final day of last season under Jesse Marsch, who had replaced Marcelo Bielsa in the dugout at the end of February.
But the American was never truly embraced by the Elland Road faithful, and he was dismissed after less than a year at the helm.
Javi Gracia was chosen as his replacement but only after several other contenders had turned down the job.
Things unravelled under the Spaniard before too long, which led to the board pressing the panic button and hiring Sam Allardyce. Again, that move has not paid off.
Leeds are now 1.04 to go down with football betting sites. They must beat Tottenham Hotspur to keep their hopes alive, but even that will not be enough if either Everton or Leicester win.
If Everton pick up a point, Leeds would need to beat Spurs by three clear goals to keep their heads above water. Ryan Mason’s men have not exactly set the world alight of late, but that is unlikely.
Leeds have conceded a league-high 74 goals this term, including three against West Ham United on Sunday.
Given the circumstances, Allardyce’s team turned in a pitiful performance at the London Stadium. As such, Leeds will almost certainly be playing in the Championship in 2023/24.
Leicester’s Goal Difference Gives Them Chance
Leicester spent most of Monday’s meeting with Newcastle United desperately repelling opposition attacks.
They defended with the sort of doggedness and discipline that has been conspicuous by its absence for most of the campaign. Leicester even came close to nicking all three points at the death, but a smart save from Nick Pope denied Timothy Castagne.
In isolation, a 0-0 draw at St James’ Park is a good result. But Leicester needed to emerge victorious to take control of the relegation battle.
As it is, Dean Smith’s side need a favour from elsewhere - hence odds of 1.17 with Bet365.
First and foremost, Leicester must get their own job done. A failure to beat West Ham on the final day would send the Foxes down regardless of what happens elsewhere.
David Moyes’ side are preparing for a Europa Conference League final, so Leicester will hope their minds are elsewhere.
One possible advantage they have is goal difference. Leicester’s stands at -18, compared to -24 for Everton and -27 for Leeds. That means a win would be sufficient for survival were Everton to drop points.
Smith will want to see more of the same from his players defensively, but they will have to play on the front foot much more than they did against Newcastle.
Leicester have the firepower to score goals, yet they must ensure they strike the right balance and do not leave themselves too open at the other end.
Everton’s Fate Is In Their Own Hands
Everton are in the position every relegation battler wants to be in on the final weekend.
If Sean Dyche’s side beat Bournemouth on Sunday, they will still be a Premier League team - no ifs or buts. A home game against the Cherries represents one of the kindest fixtures you could ask for.
Gary O’Neil’s men secured survival a few weeks back and have not played with the same intensity since then, suffering defeats by Crystal Palace (0-2) and Manchester United (0-1).
Having said that, Bournemouth will be keen to end what has been a brilliant campaign on a high.
Moreover they were relegated at Goodison Park three years ago, which is another potential source of motivation.
Yet Dyche would surely have accepted this scenario when he was appointed as Frank Lampard’s successor at the end of January.
Goodison will be rocking throughout, and Everton’s players must try to use the atmosphere to their advantage.
Everton’s record in front of their own fans is not as good as you might expect, though: they rank 18th in the home table and 15th in the away one.
The Toffees have not triumphed on familiar territory in over two and a half months. That gives Leeds and Leicester hope, even if Everton are only 4.0 with betting apps to go down.
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