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Everton have traveled almost 400 miles per away point this season, and Everton FC writer Joe Thomas feels they have little choice but to improve if they are to survive.
The travelling Everton fans have got much too little to celebrate about this season.
The Blues’ troubles are exacerbated by the fact that they have only six points from 16 away games, five of which occurred in the first four visits of the season.
Everton have had to travel well over 400 miles for every point won on the road, with games against Norwich, Southampton, and Brighton on the schedule, as well as a slew of London rivals.
The last away point came on December 16 at Stamford Bridge, when Jarrad Branthwaite’s goal enabled Rafa Benitez’s Blues win a point.
Not only has Frank Lampard failed to win a point outside of Merseyside since taking charge, but the team has yet to win anything outside Goodison Park in 2022.
This week, that streak must end. It’s difficult to see surviving without taking points from the following two games. Everton, fortunately, have two enormous opportunities in their opponents, Leicester City and Watford.
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Leicester were unable to cling on for a win at Goodison Park last month, Richarlison’s late leveller came after Everton generated a plethora of chances in the final.
Brendan Rodgers’ team comes into Sunday’s match having been eliminated from the Europa Conference League semi-finals by Roma.
The disappointment of that elimination, combined with the mountain they must climb to qualify for Europe via the Premier League, might leave them susceptible against a rested Everton team playing for pride.
Watford, on the other hand, has only won one of their past 11 league games. Their home form is worse than Everton’s away form, with the Hornets’ last points coming against Manchester United in November. They’ve lost their previous 11 games at home and face relegation this weekend.
Despite the clichés about relegation relieving pressure on players, Watford are perhaps Everton’s greatest chance of picking up a much-needed away win.
The reality of Everton’s situation is that road points are now a requirement. As impressive as the team’s recent home form has been, with last Sunday’s electric atmosphere – both inside and outside Goodison Park – propelling them to a crucial win against Chelsea, the players must be prepared to compete on unfamiliar ground if the unthinkable is to be avoided.
In the aftermath of that triumph, Lampard acknowledged that the incredible support his players received at home had the unintended consequence of leaving a hole they struggled to fill on the road.
He stated, ” “It is incredible to see the club come together at Goodison Park, which is why the results have been so outstanding. The disadvantage is that our players are unable to recreate what we do at home while they are away from home. That is the next obstacle to overcome.”
At Leicester, fans will do their hardest to match the support shown to the Blues in L4. Supporters are expected to arrive early, hoist banners, and offer a boisterous soundtrack during the players’ warm-up.
Some are even planning to give the players’ coach a send-off when it leaves Merseyside on Saturday.
As is customary in sports, one of the most fervent fanbases is doing everything it can to assist Everton on the field.
Lampard hailed the travelling fans before of the Leicester match, saying the team’s dismal away record was due exclusively to the players, not those that traveled the length and width of the nation to see them.
This week’s work at Finch Farm has focused on figuring out how to reward them for the first time since that trip to Stamford Bridge just before Christmas.
It has attempted to capitalize on the positives shown in recent away games – Everton held their own for an hour at Anfield and presented a serious danger.
If disputed decisions had gone their way, their meaningless away streak could have ended on the opposite side of Stanley Park.
Burnley, after weathering the shock of Nathan Collins’ early goal, came back, took the lead, and should have left Turf Moor with more than just the sting of that humiliating defeat.
Now is the moment to turn away from Goodison Park performances into points. Time is ticking away, and counting on home games against Brentford and Crystal Palace is a risky strategy.
With Arsenal and Chelsea being Leeds United’s next two opponents, a win against Leicester or Watford might take Everton out of the bottom three.
Not only would this increase morale, but it would also drastically cut the number of miles per point that Everton supporters have been had to suffer.
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