Simon Jordan predicts Everton Premier League survival chance with 15-point deduction mooted
Simon Jordan has predicted Everton to stay up even if they were hit with a total 15-point deduction this season as a result of their profit and sustainability rule breaches.
The former Crystal Palace owner suggested that the squad has enough quality to amass 49 points in normal circumstances, and with 34 points likely to be enough to keep them in the division, they should stay up.
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It will, of course, be taken out of their hands in that situation. Sean Dyche and his team know they need to get as many points on the board just in case, but with further points deductions a likely threat, it takes the control away.
Speaking live on talkSPORT [17 January, 11:53], Jordan asked: “If they face a further points penalty for the mismanagement of the club by those who have run it, i.e. the owner… Are this side capable of getting 49 points?
“So if that side’s capable of 49 points, if they get a 15-point deduction, they should still be able to stay in the division because 34 points will be enough to keep them up. There’s enough in that team to keep them in the division.”
Survival is still on the cards
This squad have enough about them to win enough games and build up a high enough points tally to remain in the division – whether they do so or not is entirely down to them and the way the charges affect the mentality of the squad.
We saw how they were galvanised following the initial ten-point deduction, but a dip in form has been followed by the blow of a further charge which may prove a sucker-punch to their hopes of finding their form again.
Everton currently sit just one point outside of the relegation zone following a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa, but Luton below them have a game in hand and will be looking to make the most of their advantage to climb out of the bottom three.
One thing’s for sure, if Everton want to stay up, Dominic Calvert-Lewin needs to rediscover his goalscoring touch. The likes of Branthwaite, meanwhile, will need to take the burden on their shoulders and the club’s key performers.
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