Well, this sure is anti-climactic.
Across the entire Premier League, there is very little to play for. The bottom three, unless there are some crazy results, are basically set. Manchester City won the title weeks ago. Everton won’t be going to Europe. The only thing that may be up for grabs is the final spot in the top four. Liverpool holds a two point lead over fifth-place Chelsea. However, the Reds have a favorable matchup with Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
As for the Toffees, they will finish in either eighth or ninth on the table; no better, no worse. The outcome of this game probably has no bearing on anything ahead of this summer. Big Sam either already had this job or he didn’t.
This match will, however, represent the final game in an Everton shirt for a handful of players. This summer, just like last, is expected to include a massive overhaul of the squad. So, we say goodbye to the likes of Joel Robles and Wayne Rooney, perhaps Ashley Williams and Morgan Schneiderlin.
It’s been another year, Blues. This one was a bit of a let down, but that is the beauty of sport. There is always “next year”. For Everton, the future always feels much brighter than the present.
Date and start time: Sunday, May 13th at 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m ET / 3 p.m. BST
Stadium: London Stadium, London, England
Weather: 61°F/16°C, mostly cloudy, 3% chance of precipitation, 12 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: E! - United States; none - United Kingdom
Radio: Everton Match Centre, TalkSport Radio World, BBC Radio
Live stream: NBCSports.com
Gamethread: Comments section below starting one hour before game time
Starting XI: Pickford; Keane, Jagielka, Funes Mori; Coleman, Gueye, Davies, Schneiderlin, Baines; Niasse, Tosun.
Subs: Robles, Walcott, Bolasie, Martina, Klaassen, Holgate, Kenny.
Starting XI: Adrian, Cresswell, Masuaku, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Kouyate, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic.
Subs: Hart, Evra, Collins, Obiang, Fernandes, Chicharito, Collins.