Everton can still survive relegation scare and here’s why

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First of all, the thought of being relegated must’ve frightened the Everton faithful as they had not seen such a travesty occur since the 1950-51 season, the last time the club was relegated from the top-flight, but the Toffees jumped back up a few years later, with a second-place finish in the 1953-54 Second Division earning them promotion to the top flight the following season.

That makes Everton the second-longest tenured team in the English top-flight, with only Arsenal maintaining its top-flight status longer. Everton has been a top-flight club longer than Liverpool (since 1962-63), Manchester United (1975-76), Tottenham (1978-79), and Chelsea (1989-90).

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees have made losses totalling £260 million over the past two years. Other than the finances, the club’s transfer plans including keeping the star players currently in the squad, funding for the upcoming Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium, and status as a top-flight English team could be affected severely because of relegation. Relegation would likely see Everton miss out on the commercial revenue which is one of the main lifelines for clubs in football.

Selling sponsorships and advertising, and attracting corporate interest all become much harder once you’re no longer part of the Premier League circus. Sponsors often have “relegation” clauses in their contracts with clubs that see them pay less in the event of the club going down.

Can Everton win at least 3 games in the run-in?

No one would’ve imagined such a scenario in which the club would have to fight to avoid relegation as the season run-in looms. Relegation needs to be avoided at any cost for the Toffees and there is still hope that the club can narrowly avoid the drop.

A last-gasp win against Newcastle United on March 17 gave the Toffees a bit of breathing room, but they still remain just three points above the drop zone with 10 matches to play.

It wouldn’t be harsh to say that the bottom two places will most likely be occupied by, Norwich City and Watford come the end of the season. Norwich City currently sits in 20th with 30 games played so far accumulating only 18 points.

Watford are currently 18th, above Burnley in 19th with 21 points, having played 2 games more than the Clarets and earning 22 points. The Toffees are currently 17th in the table with 25 points having played only 28 games.

Leeds United are in a dangerous position as well, they are currently above the Goodison Park side in 16th but have played 3 games more than the Toffees and have a total of 30 points.

The Merseyside outfit faces tough opponents such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United in the run-in but the fixtures against Brentford, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, and fellow relegation candidates Watford look like fixtures in which points can be earned by Frank Lampard’s side.

The gaffer is confident that the club will avoid the drop as he stated in his recent interview after the loss to West Ham United.

"Ten games is a lot. If our luck turns and we keep on the path we showed today and against Newcastle, I have a real strong belief we will be okay.(via club’s official website)"

Hopefully, the Goodison Park factor will see Everton fans save their team as out of the remaining 10 games, 5 games will be played at home.

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