By Sam Stone

6th May, 2022 | 1:14pm

Michael Keane highlights advantage for Leeds and Burnley in relegation fight

Everton defender Michael Keane believes the Toffees’ kick-off times are putting them at a disadvantage in their battle for survival.

Two weeks remain in the Premier League season with Everton and Burnley currently the ones in control of their Premier League fate.

Despite the recent upturn in form, Keane believes that Everton continually playing after their relegation rivals is a disadvantage.

The Toffees are due to play after Burnley for their next three fixtures: “It’s probably better to play first.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen to us unfortunately which goes against us a bit but that’s just the way it is,” said Keane in a recent Sky Sports interview.

However, the Everton man does feel his side has responded well when playing after their rivals.

Keane said: “I think you saw at the weekend because Burnley had won the day before and then we have Chelsea at home, it becomes a massive game and we produce a win.

“It didn’t affect us then and we’ve got to take that same attitude into the next five games.”

Better playing first?

Although it hasn’t seemed to impact the Toffees’ too much as of yet, Keane may well have a point.

If their rivals pick up a positive result beforehand, the pressure to pick up a win mounts even more.

Whereas if Burnley fail to get a result on Saturday, Everton could potentially play with less pressure on Sunday knowing the consequences of a defeat would be lessened.

Regardless, the Toffees know that every point is vital in avoiding a catastrophic relegation to the Championship.

They need to capitalise on every opportunity they possibly can.

Burnley face Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, whilst Leeds travel to Arsenal and Everton travel to Leicester.

Unfortunately for Lampard’s side, Leicester were dumped out of the UEFA Conference League on Thursday (May 5) and may not be so inclined to rotate their side for the Premier League clash.

Nevertheless, Leicester’s set-piece weakness was exposed against Roma with Tammy Abraham scoring from a corner.

The Toffees’ taller players should be targeting any set-piece opportunity against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

In other Everton news, Jamie Carragher has savaged the Toffees in a brutal “small club” Manchester United comparison

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