Stewart Downing expects Everton to avoid relegation with Leeds United, Bournemouth and Southampton going down this season.
Having seen the fixture list for the Toffees, the former Premier League winger admits to being worried for them but still sees them staying in the top flight.
They have games against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United coming up – all sides fighting for something at the top end of the table to qualify for the Champions League and Europa League.
Speaking on BBC’s Football Daily Podcast, Downing said, “I look at their [Everton’s] games and they worry me.
“Chelsea away coming up, Spurs at home, Man United away, you’re thinking they’re big, big games.
“That’s the only thing [with Everton], I worry about the games [coming up].
“You look at Forest and teams like that, I think Bournemouth, Leeds and Southampton, those three at the minute will probably go.
“But I think if Everton can get some points out of those games they’ll be fine, if not then they could get sucked in.”
Tricky games ahead
Beating teams around you is one thing but doing it against sides with bigger budgets and competing for top honours, another.
Under Sean Dyche, Everton have beaten Arsenal so they have it in them to give the big boys a run for their money.
Chelsea are struggling so they can surely fancy their chances against them and the same can be said about Spurs too.
The Toffees look to be playing with a newfound belief under Dyche and long may it continue as he’s not been handed a fair deck of cards.
After joining, the club failed to sign a single player in January and after losing Anthony Gordon, actually have gotten weaker.
The next Everton game is on 18 March against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and even though it’s away from home, Dyche would back his side to get something from it as they played well against Nottingham Forest on their travels and that should give them some confidence.