Jeff Stelling predicts score of Everton v Brentford game, Neil Mellor disagrees entirely
Jeff Stelling predicts Everton will be all but safe from relegation after the game against Brentford on Sunday (15 May) at Goodison Park.
Despite a disappointing goalless draw at already-relegated Watford on Tuesday night (11 May), the Toffees in still in pole position in the relegation battle as Leeds lost again to Chelsea.
And with Thomas Frank’s Bees side mathematically capable of being overtaken before the end of the season Sky Sports host Stelling predicts a 2-0 win for Frank Lampard’s men as part of Sky’s Super 6.
His colleague Neil Mellor on the other hand expects the same scoreline in favour of the visitors, a result which would increase fears around the blue half of Merseyside massively.
He says: “Brentford are a Premier League side for another season, and will add a win at Goodison Park to their resume.
“Everton are not yet out of danger, and defeat here will put even more pressure on Frank Lampard’s side to pick up a decent result against Crystal Palace during midweek.
“Christian Eriksen has been a revelation since signing, and could link up with Ivan Toney once more in this one to win comfortably on the day.”
Survival is almost painfully close now after Frank Lampard reacted to the defeat to Norwich and changed his game plan.
Since that game the Toffees have only lost once, in the contentious Merseyside derby, and while the Watford match really should have brought back three points, it still gained ground on the two competitors.
It was a game in hand on Burnley who are now two points behind, and with Leeds losing again they are the same distance back having played a game more.
Despite the uplifting away win at Leicester at the weekend this is still a side that is far stronger with the full might of its home support pushing it forward.
That makes it a surprise to see Mellor predict a comfortable away win, but this team wouldn’t be in this position if it didn’t have weaknesses.
Manchester United and Chelsea are both stronger than Brentford on paper and they were both beaten on Merseyside, but Eriksen drove his team to a big win at Stamford Bridge so they are certainly dangerous.
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