Everton manager Frank Lampard warned the Toffees are "not over the line" in the Premier League relegation battle as his side prepare to host Brentford on Sunday.
The Toffees sit two points clear of the relegation zone, having played a game fewer, after a goalless draw at already relegated Watford last time out. With Burnley and Leeds United in action on the same day against Tottenham and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively, Lampard warned his side not to get ahead of themselves and think they are safe.
"It is a nice return (from recent matches), considering the types of game, against big opponents and going away from home and changing that story for us," he said. "But we are not done, we are not over the line. The minute you switch off, or stop doing the good things, this game can punish you.
"We have to make sure we approach the next games with exactly the same attitude and pick up the results we need. The message can be a bit repetitive but it is important to repeat."
Promoted side Brentford have already secured their Premier League safety after a 3-0 win over Southampton and results falling in their favour in midweek. And Bees boss Thomas Frank lauded his team for achieving survival, while he expects a tough task against Everton.
"I still think it is a minor miracle we are in the Premier League," he said. "A top 10-finish would be incredible - it shouldn't be possible. I'm expecting high energy, tension and I expect them to come flying at us. I'm really looking forward to that challenge."
Everton – Jordan Pickford
Everton goalkeeper Pickford is looking to keep consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since May 2021, and for the first time at Goodison Park since a run of three in January 2020.
Brentford – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen has provided three assists for Brentford in league competition (9 apps), one more than he registered for Inter Milan in 43 Serie A appearances (2).
- Everton have won their last four home games against Brentford in all competitions, including a 4-1 victory in the FA Cup this season.
- Brentford won the reverse fixture against Everton 1-0 in November; their only league double against the Toffees came in the first ever campaign the sides met back in 1935-36.
- Everton have lost six of their last nine Premier League home games against promoted sides (W2 D1), as many as they had in their previous 50 such matches (W35 D9). Defeat here would be the third consecutive season the Toffees have lost at home to two of the three promoted sides.
- Brentford are looking to become the first promoted team since West Bromwich Albion in 2010-11 to complete the Premier League double over Everton. The Toffees have won just one of their five games against promoted sides so far this season (D1 L3).
- Everton have won 10 points from their last four Premier League home games (W3 D1), as many as they had in their previous 11 (W3 D1 L7). Meanwhile, they've kept three clean sheets in these four games, as many as in their previous 13 at Goodison Park.
Updated May 13, 2022