Leicester City manager Dean Smith has told Sky Sports that there is going to be a lot of “anxiety” in the three sides involved in the fight for Premier League survival – as Leeds United, Everton and Smith’s side fight for 17th position.

Leicester secured a crucial point on Monday night, keeping their hopes alive. They held Newcastle to a 0-0 draw to take them to 31 points, above Leeds on goal difference. Leicester host West Ham, who beat Leeds 3-1 on Sunday.

Tottenham come to Elland Road, and Everton are at Goodison Park against Bournemouth. But on the final day of the season, literally anything can happen. Of course, if Everton beat the Cherries then it is Leeds and Leicester down.

But if Everton come up short against Gary O’Neil’s Bournemouth, then anything can happen. A win for Leeds and a point for Everton is still likely to send Leeds down. But a win for Leicester and a draw for Everton saves the Foxes.

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Smith commented, after watching his side nullify a Newcastle side that coincidentally qualified for the Champions League with the draw: “We’re going to need help. But there is going to be lots of anxiety for all three teams involved.

“We have a tough game against West Ham, but if Everton win – then it is out of our hands. But hopefully we can put a bit of pressure on Everton this weekend,” Leicester boss Smith added, speaking to Sky Sports after his side drew.

Leicester manager Smith: Lots of anxiety as Leeds and Everton fight

For the neutral, as well as Leeds and Leicester fans, everyone will be hoping that Bournemouth turn up to Goodison and play with freedom – but in the sense that it causes the Toffees damage. Leeds can easily beat Spurs at home.

But, it might not be enough. Right now, it looks as if Leeds are down after a dismal display at West Ham when they really needed a good one, the most. Leicester now have a right to feel optimistic, but Everton are in the driving seat.

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