What Are the Chances of Everton Avoiding Relegation this Season?

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The 2022-3 EPL season has been incredibly difficult for Everton, and they’ve started 2023 in the bottom group of clubs facing a serious relegation threat. How have they ended up in this situation and what are the team’s chances of escaping the drop?

The Story of the Season So Far

The loss of Brazilian star Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window was a blow, which was made worse by the loss through injury of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and their struggle to integrate Neal Maupay effectively into the attack. All of this has meant a lack of goals has been Everton’s main weakness this season, with only 14 goals scored in their first 18 games.

They started 2023 with three straight losses, 4-1 against Brighton, 3-1 vs Manchester United and 2-1 in the game against Southampton.  Because of this, manager Frank Lampard is under serious pressure to turn things around quickly. Everton’s poor form and lowly position in the table mean that they’re among the favourites to get relegated this season, with only bottom-placed team Bournemouth available at shorter odds than the Toffees.

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These odds will change if Everton start to climb the table, as the leading bookies use advanced software to provide the most accurate odds based on the latest details and naturally this is one of the key areas. This information from Sportingtech confirms that they provide constant feeds with the current odds, which covers a huge range of markets. Through outright, pre-match and in-play markets, fans have access to markets at every stage of a season.

Can the Transfer Window Help?

It’s no surprise to see that the Toffees have been linked with numerous players in the winter transfer window, especially forwards. While signing a new striker to finally replace Richarlison might not be the answer to all of Lampard’s problems, it could give the team a boost at a vital stage of the season. Among the players linked so far, Arnaut Danjuma from Villareal would add versatility to the Everton attack, according to this Liverpool Echo report. The likes of Moussa Dembele and Danny Ings have also been mentioned as possible new recruits.

The mood around Goodison Park has been negative in recent times, with the fans protesting, Sky Sports reporting threats to directors and a real fear that the club could be relegated for the first time since 1951. A high-profile transfer alone might not be enough to change this, although it would presumably help. A change of manager is also likely if results don’t improve soon, while the return of Calvert-Lewin after injury should give everyone a boost.

At the time of writing, it’s still too early to see whether Everton will tumble out of the EPL at the end of this season. There’s no doubt that the team is in serious trouble but a big-name transfer or a change of manager are the most obvious possible solutions that might help them to avoid the drop this year.

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