By Noel Whelan

16th May, 2022 | 8:51am

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Surviving the drop is now out of the hands of Leeds United but Everton are still “deep in trouble” after their home loss against Brentford on Sunday (15 May), according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Toffees’ clash against Crystal Palace on Thursday (19 May) has become a do-or-die game.

Everton and Burnley slumped to 3-2 and 1-0 defeats on Sunday against Brentford and Tottenham respectively, while Leeds United picked up a point after a last-minute equaliser against Brighton at Elland Road.

Burnley currently occupy 18th place but have two fixtures left to play against Aston Villa and Newcastle – while Jesse Marsch’s side face Brentford on the final day (22 May).

16th-place Everton face top-four chasing Arsenal on Sunday (22 May) after their final home game against Palace.

Whelan insisted Frank Lampard‘s side would be “even deeper in trouble” without the form of England keeper Jordan Pickford.

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“It’s going to go down to the last game of the season,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I still believe that Everton are well in it. If it wasn’t for Jordan Pickford, they’d be even deeper in trouble.

“Frank Lampard will be understanding of that ahead of a tough game at Crystal Palace, which really has become a must-win game.

“Leeds had the opportunity to put some real pressure on against Chelsea and Brighton but couldn’t. It’s now out of our hands.”

Everton have never been relegated during the Premier League era.

Leeds United have been back in the top flight for two seasons.

Meanwhile, Burnley are in danger of ending a six-year streak in England’s premier division.

In other news, Whites favourite issues Marsch sack verdict amid 49ers claim.