• Elsewhere at the bottom of the Premier League: Norwich City 0-1 Watford
  • Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, PVA, Kaboul, Kone, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Borini, Khazri, Defoe  
  • Everton: Joel, Pennington, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku
  • Norwich: Pinto, Martin, Bennett, Olsson; Redmond, Dorrans, O’Neil, Hoolahan; Naismith, Mbokani
  • Watford:Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Anya; Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo
  • Sunderland would secure Premier League safety if they beat Everton 
  • Norwich City also in action as they host Watford in relegation battle
  • Canaries have to win to hold any hope of staying in top flight
  • But Black Cats win would relegate Norwich and Newcastle United
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Well that lead didn’t last long as Norwich are level at Carrow Road through Nathan Redmond. The England Under 21 international equalises with a right-footed strike thanks to a Steven Naismith assist.

The worst possible start has happened for Norwich as they trail to Watford. Visiting captain Troy Deeney with the goal a right-footed strike from the centre of the box.

400 Watford fans are creating more noise than the rest of Carrow Road at the moment. Odd atmosphere given Norwich can still, mathematically, stay up. It’s like the home fans are already resigned to their fate.

10 mins: Everton have been in a poor run of form but you wouldn’t know it judging so far. They’ve had 70 per cent possession.

5 mins: The visitors are keeping the ball well and trying to probe but Sunderland have everyone bar star striker Jermain Defoe behind the ball at present.

Here we go then. Remember our primary focus will be on Sunderland vs Everton with updates coming from Carrow Road too.

Not many Watford fans have made the journey, less than a two-hour drive, to Norwich. Plenty of empty seats in the already small away stand. An insight into their feelings around how Quique Sanchez Flores’s side have played since the turn of the year.

Kick-off is imminent in Norfolk as well.

Both players have walked out to a cacophony of noise. Will the home supporters be cheering as loudly come full time?

DOMINIC KING: Roberto Martinez has assured Newcastle and Norwich that Everton will protect the integrity of the Barclays Premier League by carrying the fight to Sunderland.

Should Everton perform in the same abject way as they did at Leicester on Saturday, Sunderland will secure the victory that will preserve their top flight status and, in the process, they will relegate Newcastle and Norwich.

Everton’s form in the league has been lamentable for the past two months – a sign of how bad things have been comes from the statistic they have had 70 on-target shots against them in their last two away matches at Leicester and Liverpool – and Martinez is on the brink.

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So Sunderland (35) sit four points clear of Norwich (31) with two games remaining. Newcastle (34) are a point back of Sunderland but have played a game more. Norwich and Newcastle will both go down if the Black Cats win tonight.

How the bottom of the table looks ahead of tonight’s set of fixtures

Even the usually incredibly biased Norwich match programme suggests the Canaries are ‘requiring a miracle’ to stay up.

Their manager Alex Neil has not given up yet, but the outlook is bleak.

Norwich have not scored in four matches and have lost all of those. Given their goal difference deficit on Sunderland, they basically need two wins – against Watford tonight and Everton on Sunday – to stay up.

ADAM SMITH: Come Thursday morning, we should know if the fight for Premier League survival will go down to final game or whether the three relegated teams are confirmed.

Sunderland could condemn both Newcastle United and Norwich to the drop with victory over out-of-form Everton and make Sunday’s finale an away-day celebration at Watford.

However, if Sam Allardyce’s side can only manage a point, their North-East rivals will be breathing a momentary sigh of relief but the Canaries – should they fail to beat Watford – will be joining Aston Villa in the second tier of English football.

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Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores (left) talks with coaching staff at Carrow Road

Ben Watson and Craig Cathcart both start for the visitors tonight in Norfolk

Can Odion Ighalo rediscover his goalscoring touch for Watford this evening?

Will Carrow Road be a happy place come full-time for the home supporters?

Norwich City supporters walk to the ground ahead of a pivotal night in the relegation battle

Cameron Jerome (left) and Youssouf Mulumbu both start on the bench for Norwich

Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Anya; Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo.

Subs: Pantilimon, Prodl, Paredes, Ake, Guedioura, Berghuis, Amrabat.

Norwich: Pinto, Martin, Bennett, Olsson; Redmond, Dorrans, O’Neil, Hoolahan; Naismith, Mbokani.

Subs: Rudd, Bassong, Jerome, Brady, Jarvis, Mulumbu, Odjidja.

Everton: Joel, Pennington, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines; Barry, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.

Subs: Howard, Gibson, Oviedo, Lennon, Niasse, Besic, Osman.

Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, PVA, Kaboul, Kone, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Borini, Khazri, Defoe.

Subs: Pickford, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N’Doye, O’Shea, Watmore.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez steps off the coach as his team arrive at the Stadium of Light

Martinez will be hoping Romelu Lukaku can fire them to glory on Wednesday night

Aaron Lennon will be aiming to supply Lukaku against the Sunderland defence

Sunderland players arrive at Stadium of Light by foot ahead of tonight’s huge game

Sam Allardyce arrives at the Stadium of Light knowing victory will keep Sunderland up

Allardyce signs an autograph for a young fan upon arrival this evening

The Black Cats (right) will hope Jermain Defoe can continue his goalscoring run up tonight

And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of tonight’s Premier League action at the bottom. We have two games for you as second-bottom Norwich host Watford and fourth-bottom Sunderland entertain Everton.

Our coverage will predominately focus on the latter game as a win for Sunderland will see them relegate Norwich and bitter rivals Newcastle.

Find out if they can achieve that with myself, Luke Augustus. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.



Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Everton at the Stadium of Light in their penultimate fixture of the campaign.

The Black Cats hold all the cards in the battle against relegation and victory over Roberto Martinez’s outfit would secure their place in the top flight next season  – relegating bitter rivals Newcastle United and Norwich City in the process.

Norwich are also in action as they host Watford, but regardless of events at the Stadium of Light they will be relegated if they do not win their final match of the season at Carrow Road. 

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