Burnley were handed a boost in their hopes of avoiding relegation as Leeds United were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal. However, victory for Everton at Leicester City drags the Toffees above Burnley and into 16th place.
The Clarets were hoping for a favour on Sunday after they were beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa on Saturday. It was the first defeat under the stewardship of Mike Jackson following 10 points from his first four games.
It was a mixed afternoon on Sunday as Leeds fell to defeat at the Emirates, leaving them in the Premier League drop zone after Everton’s victory. Only goal difference separates the Whites and Burnley on 34 points.
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Two early goals from Eddie Nketiah and a red card to Luke Ayling left Leeds with a mountain to climb. However, they dug in and halved the deficit thanks to Diego Llorente.
Elsewhere, Everton moved up to 35 points and above both Leeds and Burnley with a victory at Leicester. Vitaliy Mykolenko’s sublime strike opened the scoring, with Mason Holgate putting them back ahead after Patson Daka equalised.
It’s now one defeat in five for Everton after losing at Burnley, with three wins in that period. Burnley could find themselves in the bottom three by the next time they play at Tottenham Hotspur with Leeds facing Chelsea at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
Despite the tightness at the bottom, Jackson reiterated his belief that the Clarets can avoid the drop.
“We have just spoken as a group,” said Jackson after the Villa loss. “And I said what I said it before the Watford game, if I was going to take any group into this (relegation battle) it would be them. My thoughts haven’t changed on that.”