Gary Neville delivers Everton v Bournemouth 'pressure' verdict live on Sky Sports after Leicester City update
Gary Neville believes the “pressure” is on Everton to beat Bournemouth on the final day of the Premier League season in their fight against relegation.
Sean Dyche’s side will enter the home clash against the Cherries at Goodison Park (28 May) two points clear of both Leicester City and Leeds United, but with a significantly worse goal difference than Dean Smith’s side.
Speaking live on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports (22 May) after the Foxes grabbed a goalless draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park, Neville provided his verdict on Everton’s situation heading into the final game of the season.
“It’s all on Everton isn’t it,” he said.
“They’re the ones in control, at home against a team who everyone will fancy them to beat and the pressure is on.
“Without Calvert-Lewin, Jamie did a piece earlier on the centre halves being a massive asset for them from set pieces, but they are going to have to do something on Sunday.
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“Because if Everton are 1-0 up with five or ten minutes to go, imagine, just imagine there.”
Weakened West Ham a worry
Although fans will be biting their fingernails in anticipation of the clash against Bournemouth all week, they are at least in the box seat to remain in the Premier League this season.
When Frank Lampard was sacked at the end of January, almost every Everton supporter would have taken the prospect of heating into the final game of the season two points clear of the bottom three.
At numerous stages this season, it looked like a far cry that the Toffees would escape the clutches of relegation, but Dyche has managed to harness just enough quality so far to keep picking up the odd points here and there.
Leicester City are now the major threat to the Toffees this weekend, as they take on a West Ham side who are playing the Europa Conference League final shortly afterwards.
If the Hammers do rest the likes of Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paqueta, it could well bring the Foxes back into the equation.
David Moyes has the power to give his former club one last favour and claim all three points on Sunday.