After making a pretty good start at the start of this season, Everton experienced turbulence in performance. In their last 11 matches in the Premier League stage, the Toffees have only been able to bag one win, with 3 draws and seven defeats.

 

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The accumulation of these minor performances made Richarlison et al had to sink in the 16th position of the Premier League standings with a value of 19 points from 19 matches. Their position cannot be considered safe because they are only six points adrift of Norwich who are ranked 18th or the relegation zone.


As a result, Rafael Benitez also had to feel the hammer of being sacked as team manager even though his contract still had two more seasons left, aka it will only expire in June 2024. In the meantime, the assistant coach, Duncan Ferguson was appointed as caretaker while the club management looked for the right manager to handle the squad.


On the other hand, Aston Villa's appearance since being handled by Steven Gerrard is also similar to Everton. Noted, in their last eight matches in all competitions, The Villans were only able to win two wins, with one draw and the other five matches ended in defeat.