Southampton’s relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed, and now the focus shifts to Everton, Leeds, and Leicester as two of these teams face the prospect of joining Southampton in the Championship next season. However, one team will have the chance to celebrate a remarkable escape from relegation.
Sunday marks the final day of the season, with Everton, Leeds, and Leicester set to play in front of their passionate home fans. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming matches:
Everton will go head-to-head against AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park. Unfortunately, Everton will be missing the services of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Nathan Patterson due to hamstring injuries sustained in the previous weekend’s draw against Wolves. However, there is some positive news as Amadou Onana is fit and ready for selection. Vitalii Mykolenko, who is dealing with a thigh problem, will undergo a late fitness test. Everton can secure their Premier League status by winning the match or if both Leicester and Leeds fail to secure victories. Bournemouth’s midfielder Philip Billing will be involved after recovering from a back problem.
Leeds United will clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road. Despite sustaining a foot injury in the defeat to West Ham last weekend, Leeds United’s top scorer Rodrigo has been able to train and is expected to feature in the crucial match. Junior Firpo returns from a one-match ban, but Patrick Bamford’s availability remains uncertain due to a hamstring issue. Leeds will face relegation if they fail to secure a victory or if either Everton or Leicester manage to win their respective matches. In the case of a draw, Leeds will need to win by a three-goal margin to avoid the drop. Tottenham’s defender Cristian Romero will be absent due to an injury picked up in the previous match, but midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who also suffered an injury, has trained and should be available. Defender Eric Dier aims to return for pre-season after undergoing groin surgery this week.
Leicester City will host West Ham United at the King Power Stadium. Leicester City’s captain Jonny Evans is available for the match, having been forced off due to cramps in the draw against Newcastle. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Ricardo Pereira have successfully recovered from ankle and thigh issues, respectively, and will bolster the squad. Unfortunately, Wilfred Ndidi has been unable to train this week due to a hamstring injury. Leicester City’s hopes of avoiding relegation depend on securing a victory while hoping Everton fails to defeat Bournemouth. West Ham’s defender Nayef Aguerd has recovered from a dead leg and is fit to play, but full-back Emerson is grappling with a knee problem. Striker Gianluca Scamacca is still in the recovery phase after knee surgery.
As the Premier League season reaches its conclusion, the outcomes of these matches involving Everton, Leeds, and Leicester will determine which team will suffer the disappointment of relegation and which team will celebrate a remarkable escape from the drop.