There have been two repeating factors that have cost us points this season: set plays. We have a terrible record trying to score and trying to defend against them. - I know that's like stating the obvious, but really ... why?
We have taken 9 points from our last 11 matches - and those against Huddersfield, Burnley and Bournemouth. Against Huddersfield, we rode our luck. So, let's not kid ourselves, we are in a relegation battle. However, against Man. City we actually played well (although not the whole team). Against Watford, the match was pretty even. So, we should not go down. But the question is now being asked: Can we stay up? - And after all that Everton has spent, that is really bad.
I see a problem with the zonal marking and that is opposition players run into the zonal gaps - knowing that is where the ball will be played. Everton's defence is too often caught out and give opponents a free run. Now they have two weeks to practise. - And that could be two weeks to save us from following Aston Villa over the cliff!