Michael Owen makes Everton Premier League relegation prediction after draw v Chelsea
Michael Owen expects Everton to stay up after Sean Dyche’s appointment and because they picked up a point from their visit to Chelsea.
The Toffees drew 2-2 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, 18 March, with Ellis Simms scoring a last-gasp equaliser off the bench.
With that result, they have now moved to 15th place, although relegation is still very much a possibility with them just being three points clear of the bottom.
Owen said on Premier League Productions’ Matchday Live Extra (18/03, 19:56), “Yeah I see progress. I think they will stay up. They don’t concede many goals and they score a few too. I think they will definitely stay up if they play like this.”
It may just be one point but it feels like three as it was away from home against a side that should be fighting for the top four if not the league.
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Chelsea have spent so much on players in January in comparison to nothing Everton did and it was a point shared from this one.
The Toffees were in fact weakened as Anthony Gordon left for Newcastle for big money and they failed to replace him or sign a new striker.
However, under Dyche, they’ve found themselves extremely hard to beat and James Tarkowski has certainly upped his game in the last month or so.
Even Abdoulaye Doucoure looks like a player reborn and Owen is right to see progress because a lot of the players are improving.
Had they signed a proper striker in January, they clearly would’ve been better off but even with this team we fancy them to stay up.