Premier League relegation predictions: Mirror Football authors on Leeds, Everton and Burnley

The Premier League season is in its final throes but the battle to stay in the top flight of English football is far from over with just a few points between Everton, Leeds and Burnley

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Lampard urges Everton to keep fighting for points

Fingernails will be hard on the skin both tonight and Sunday as the battle for survival in the Premier League draws to a thrilling conclusion.

Everton, Burnley and Leeds fans are sweating over whether next season’s away days will be spent at Liverpool and Manchester United or whether they will have to consider trips to Hull and Coventry instead.

We asked some of Mirror Football’s best reporters for their predictions as we head into the home stretch. So which two of Frank Lampard, Jesse March and Michael Jackson will celebrate on the final day? And who will face a season full of slogs in the championship?

JOHN’S CROSS

Burnley may need just a point to oust Leeds and Everton are still not sure but like Burnley have two games left. But the problem is… you’d rather have dots on the board. Burnley have to go to Aston Villa and they gave Liverpool a tough game last week and won at Turf Moor a couple of weeks ago.

Then Burnley defeated Newcastle on the last day…did you see them against Arsenal?!?! Leeds are bringing something to the party. Elland Road is a great stadium, the fans are so passionate and it’s a great old club. They have the final day at Brentford which, if need be, could be a game where they could get something. Everton have two lives left – er, I mean games – and I think they will make it. Just. It’s going to be so close but I just feel like Burnley would rather have the points on the board than the game in hand and the two tough games they have.

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DAVID ANDERSON

Although Everton are still not safe I expect the relegation battle to come to Leeds and Burnley. Everton were less than half an hour from securing their Premier League status as they led Brentford before losing 3-2. They can still get through the safety mark against Crystal Palace on Thursday and need a result in that game when they face Arsenal in the Emirates on the final day.

I don’t have high hopes for Burnley at Aston Villa on Thursday and I expect Steven Gerrard’s side to win so the Clarets need at least a point to stay up at home to Newcastle on Sunday. I think they can get a result against Newcastle and Turf Moor will be pumped like never before to see if they can pull off what is arguably their greatest escape. Leeds have an advantage against Brighton thanks to the late equaliser, but I fear for them in Brentford on Sunday. Brentford has had a brilliant season and will want to sign off with a high in front of their home fans. There’s also the little thing that Leeds video taunts Thomas Frank as they went up in 2020 and I think that’s all the motivation the Bees need to beat them and possibly send them down.

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch will be watching the TV screen nervously on Thursday, hoping Everton and Burnley can’t find victories
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Gideon Brooks

I could see Crystal Palace share the points at Everton and Burnley also against Villa on Thursday which would put Leeds crucially in the bottom three ahead of the final day but all three still in the mix for the drop. Looking ahead to Sunday, Everton could struggle to get some of their trip to the Emirates as Mikel Arteta is still hoping Champions League football will see them back on June 37.

Burnley have had a stiff looking task against in-form Newcastle and failed to score. And Leeds meet Brentford, who are playing well enough to beat Jesse Marsch’s side. I believe all three will be beaten on the final day but that Leeds will fall on goal difference – leaving those screaming at how amazing Marcelo Bielsa looked red-faced as they went down.

NEIL SQUIRES

Mike Jackson has worked wonders to keep Burnley on a cry to avoid relegation since replacing the irreplaceable Sean Dyche, but points on the bench are priceless at the wrong end of the table. Everton and Leeds are nobody’s notion of sure bets to go for something but they already have the points Burnley don’t have. The Lancastrians made a decent fist of it, but they seem destined to miss narrowly.

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