Are Everton the Smart Bet for Relegation?

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The new year began in disastrous fashion for Everton. As Frank Lampard’s men went down 1-4 at home to Brighton, other results meant that the Toffees dropped down into the relegation zone.

Having flirted with the drop for much of last season, Everton fans are fearing the worst this time. They are among a small group of teams who have never been out of the Premier League since its inception, but that proud record is under serious threat.

How the Neutrals see it

The betting markets have changed on the back of that 4-1 loss. The nature of the defeat is the biggest concern as Everton’s defence went missing and, a Brighton side who had been struggling since the departure of Graham Potter, took full advantage.

UK betting sites and similar now list Lampard’s side as the third favourites to be relegated at the end of the current campaign. Bournemouth are the outright favourites while fellow South Coast strugglers Southampton are next.

Using odds supplied by sources affiliated with SBO.net, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United and Wolves are far from safe. Those markets will continue to be updated as the season progresses and they can be found in the live sportsbooks until they are settled.

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It’s a useful site for any form of football betting, but how can Everton pull clear of that relegation zone?

Crucial Fixtures

Everton need to begin picking up points before they start to come adrift from safety. The big concern for Toffees fans is the form guide which shows that their team has suffered four defeats, while claiming two draws in their last six league games.

Everton’s tally of two points from those six matches is just ahead of West Ham and Southampton. It’s relegation form for sure, so where is the next win coming from?

Like all sides in their position, Lampard’s men have to beat the teams around them. In the coming weeks, they will take on Southampton, West Ham United and Nottingham Forest, all of whom are fellow strugglers at the bottom of the table.

In between those matches, the Toffees will take on Arsenal and Liverpool. Later, in three consecutive fixtures across March and April, the team will face Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United.

In 2021/22, Everton had a useful habit of raising their game against the bigger teams, and a win over Manchester United helped them to stay up. This season, the mission is to pick off the weaker sides before it’s too late.

Everton Looking for Reinforcements

All teams will have the option to strengthen their squads, due to the arrival of the January transfer window. Everton are no exception and the Toffees are among a number of clubs to be linked with the Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz.

The Chilean international has enjoyed two productive seasons at Ewood Park but, with Blackburn targeting promotion from the Championship, it’s reported that the club are reluctant to sell.

The possibility of Dele Alli returning to Goodison Park has been suggested in some reports. The former England international midfielder was loaned out to Besiktas in the summer, but the Turkish side are unimpressed with his performances and they want to send Dele back.

Whatever happens, January is looking like a crucial time. Everton face a mixed set of fixtures and they simply must beat the teams around them. In the meantime, the board must also make a decision on the future of Frank Lampard. There’s a long way to go, but the Toffees appear to be a good bet for relegation at this stage.