Chris Sutton has responded to a Tweet from BBC Sport’s account about the race to finish in 17th place and believes Leeds United’s time is up – predicting Sean Dyche’s Everton to survive this weekend, “on the balance of probability”.
It looks almost impossible that Leeds will now survive. Suffering defeat to West Ham on Sunday, all of our relegation rivals picked up points. Forest beat Arsenal to confirm their safety. Everton nabbed a last-minute draw at Wolves.
On Monday night, Leicester held on to draw with Newcastle – despite the Toon hitting the frame of the goal twice. A huge result for Dean Smith’s side, that keeps them in it. The Foxes even have a better chance of survival than us.
A draw for Everton hands Leicester the chance to stay up, if they beat West Ham – because of their superior goal difference. Leeds is three worse than Everton – so we need a huge win over Spurs and Everton to only get a point.
Or, more likely, Everton to lose, Leicester fail to win and Leeds pick up three points. But of course, that is now a very unlikely scenario. Gary Neville said it would take something mad for Leeds to stay up. Sutton has given his verdict.
Chris Sutton says Leeds time is up and predicts Everton to survive
Unless something crazy does happen, Leeds are going down. The first sign of that craziness would be Leeds actually winning a football match – something that has not happened since that 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
That seems like a long time ago. Since then, heavy defeats to Palace, Liverpool, Bournemouth and failure to beat Leicester at Elland Road has left Leeds in this position. Big Sam has been given an impossible task and he knows it.
He was hopeful that Leeds would still be in the mix on the final day and we are, but only just. Dyche will be confident of beating a Bournemouth side likely to be on the beach. If that happens, it is over. If Everton draw, Leeds are down.