Everton have been involved in a relegation battle for the past two seasons and with one game left to go this term, their Premier League status remains in the balance.
New manager Sean Dyche arrived in late-January after Frank Lampard was sacked halfway through the season and has guided Everton to 17th position, two points clear of the drop zone.
Their last game of the season is against Bournemouth at Goodison Park. The South coast side are already safe from relegation and have nothing to play for on the final day, which could work in Everton’s favour.
But with the likes of Leeds United and Leicester City still fighting to avoid the drop, we’ve decided to map out just how exactly Everton can stave off relegation depending on their result this weekend.
Two of Everton (33 pts), Leeds (31 pts) and Leicester (31 pts) will join already-relegated Southampton in the Championship next season.
If the Toffees beat Bournemouth they are safe and there is nothing Leeds and Leicester can do to avoid the drop.
If Dyche’s side draw, they would remain in the Premier League as long as Leicester City don’t win to move level on 34 points, as they have a better goal difference.
Or, if Leeds win by three clear goals to draw level on -24 goal difference and 34 points they would pip Everton, who have an inferior ‘goals scored’ tally.
Everton could stay up even if they lose against Bournemouth, as long as neither Leicester or Leeds win their matches and leapfrog them. A draw for either side would not be enough.