By George Overhill

27th May, 2023 | 6:10pm

Darren Bent 'stunned', makes relegation prediction between Everton, Leeds United and Leicester in 'can't believe it' verdict

Darren Bent has named Leicester City as the side he is most “stunned” are in the relegation battle and has tipped Everton to make them “hurt even more” on the final day.

Both the Toffees and Leeds United were in last season’s relegation battle, but the Foxes have fallen from threatening the Champions League places to go into the final day two points behind Sean Dyche’s men.

Bent believes all three relegation-threatened sides could pull out a win on the last weekend of the season, which would leave Everton safe and cause all the more pain to their rivals who did their part.

Speaking live on talkSPORT (26 May, 4m 40s) Andy Goldstein asked: “Out of the three sides, who are you most stunned about being in this situation? Everton, Leicester or Leeds?”

“Leicester,” Bent answered immediately, “because Everton flirted with it last year, Leeds, they were last year as well under Jesse Marsch. I think Leicester’s the one.

“Leicester’s the one you go, ‘I can’t believe it’.”

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“Yeah, I can’t believe it either,” agreed Goldstein.

Bent went on: “I think Leicester will pull out a result, which I think it might hurt even more because I think Everton will win.”

Finish the job

Perhaps last year it was a shock to see Everton in such lowly circumstances but, apart from a brief period of hope at the start of the campaign, not much has improved this time around so it was almost to be expected.

There looks to be significant change in the air with regards to the boardroom at the conclusion of the season so if Dyche can pull out a win over Bournemouth to ensure it happens in the Premier League rather than the Championship there might be hope of some meaningful recovery.

The Cherries have won their last four against the Toffees so it won’t be easy, but with the backing of the Evertonians on an emotional last day the home side will be supported as vociferously as ever.

It has been a mighty struggle to even get to the last day with survival in their own hands so it would be Everton hurting in a big way if they leave the door open and either Leicester or Leeds sneak through.

An injury crisis at full-back, and once again with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, could hardly have struck at a worse time, but whoever is named in the side knows what is at stake and must give it everything.

The 3-2 victory that secured survival against Crystal Palace last season was a hugely memorable night, and fans will be desperate for an encore on Sunday (28 May).