Events at the weekend mean Sunderland go into their clash with Everton tonight knowing that a win will be enough to guarantee safety.
The Mackems’ win over Chelsea, along with Norwich City’s loss to Manchester United and Newcastle confirming themselves as the only Premier League team not to beat Aston Villa this season by drawing 0-0, mean Sam Allardyce’s men can escape final day drama.
Fortunately for them, the visitors to the Stadium of Light for this hugely important tie should be simple to beat.
The Toffees have only won one of their last nine across all competitions and have lost five times in that run.
Furthermore, the Merseysiders have been defeated in three of their previous five away matches, only finding the net twice.
Conversely, the Wearsiders are unbeaten in their last four games, emerging victorious twice, and have lost just once in nine contests since March, to champions Leicester.
Therefore, it would be wise to back the hosts to get a much-needed three points at 4/5.
Additionally, Roberto Martinez’ men have failed to find the net in half of their previous eight top-flight outings, with top scorer Romelu Lukaku currently on a eight-match barren run.
Clearly, Everton are struggling in front of goal and it would be sensible to back them to lose to nil at 11/5.
Meanwhile, the Canaries face Watford knowing that in the likely event that Sunderland pick up a home win, nothing will be able to save them from relegation.
The East Anglian outfit have been on a four-match losing streak ever since Timm Klose picked up an injury when it was still 0-0 against Crystal Palace and they are clearly missing their influential defender.
In the Hornets, they face a team who have triumphed in their last two encounters with sides in the bottom half and an out-of-form struggling Norwich won’t be able to end this.
Therefore, the Hertfordshire club should be backed to pick up all three points at 16/5.