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Watch: Intriguing Relegation Battle Set Up After Last-Minute Southampton Draw

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Alex McCarthy of Southampton looks on as Tom Davies of Everton scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Saints had a crucial three points snatched from them at the death against Everton to set up a do-or-die confrontation with Swansea later this week.

With the Swans losing to Bournemouth and West Brom defeating Tottenham at the death earlier today, a visit to Goodison Park in the evening kick-off was a must win for the struggling Southampton.

For the most part, the encounter between eighth placed Everton and Southampton was a dour affair, with not much in the way of excitement for the first hour.

Nathan Redmond of the visitors got his first goal of the season on 56 minutes, and what a time to score it.

The Englishman was ready at the back post to meet the cross of Cedric, finally giving the St. Mary’s faithful something to cheer about.

It looked for all the world that Southampton had done enough to go 16th in the Premier League table, but in the 96th minute of the game, West Brom got their second last gasp reprieve of the day.

A first time effort from outside the box by Tom Davies deflected off of Wesley Hoedt, which wrong-footed the keeper and gave Everton a late point, despite there only being four added minutes per the fourth official.

West Brom need to defeat Crystal Palace next weekend to stand any chance of survival despite caretaker manager Darren Moore’s great record so far of three wins and two draws.

Both Swansea and Southampton meet on Tuesday night, with a draw between the two keeping the Baggies’ fleeting hopes alive. Any other result would mean relegation.

If a draw occurs, and West Brom win their last game, they need the other two sides to lose on Sunday the 13th. Although Moore’s side boast a better goal difference to the Swans, they would need Southampton to lose comfortably to Manchester City, given the Saint’s better goal difference of four.

Huddersfield Town are not safe yet either, though David Wagner and co. would, much like the opposite of West Brom, require a myriad of results to go against them.

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