After a particularly pulsating Premier League bank holiday, the outlook is bleak for both Leicester and Southampton.
The entertainment factor will be of no comfort to either team, who look likely to be relegated to the Championship.
Due to King Charles’ coronation there were three games on Monday, and the novelty schedule did not disappoint. In the early game, Leicester lost 5-3 to Fulham in a scoreline that frankly flattered them.
To compound their misery, fellow relegation strugglers Everton and Nottingham Forest both had significant wins later on.
In one of the most surprising results of the season, Everton beat Brighton 5-1 away from home. It was at once an unexpected dent to Brighton’s European hopes and a much-needed fillip for Sean Dyche’s team.
As if not to be undone, Southampton and Nottingham Forest played out a seven goal thriller which Forest edged 4-3. That was a true six pointer and after that, Southampton are most certainly destined for the Championship.
They’re bottom of the league with 24 points and games against Fulham, Brighton and Liverpool left to end the season. Barring several miracles, the Saints are down.
It looks equally hopeless for Leicester who are now in eighteenth, two points behind Everton and three behind Forest. With Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham to play, it’s hard to see them getting the points they need.
Everton play Manchester City next, but their final two games against the already safe Wolves and Bournemouth should be the opportunity they need to keep themselves up.
Nottingham Forest must conquer London at least once with games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace remaining. Chelsea are horrible but have quality. Arsenal are incredible but could travel to Nottingham under immense pressure if they keep the title race alive. Crystal Palace ought to be on the beach in their last game.
Much will depend on Leeds, who’ve put their faith in Sam Allerdyce to get points against Newcastle, West Ham and Spurs.
Southampton will probably be relegated soon, but the fate of four teams is likely to be determined on the final day.