LEEDS United face a critical week in their battle for Premier League survival – without kicking a ball.

The two clubs immediately below them, Everton and Burnley, both play twice before the Whites return to action at Crystal Palace on Monday.

Leeds have a difficult run-in, the trip to Selhurst Park followed by games against three of the current top six - leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal followed by a home game against Brighton before wrapping up the season at in-form Brentford.

Everton, five points behind Leeds with eight games to play, have even harder fixtures including Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and two games against Leicester.

Although Norwich and Watford look cut adrift at the bottom, Burnley could still find a way to finish above either Leeds or Everton.

The Clarets have successive home games against Southampton and Wolves this week after almost pulling off a shock win at West Ham at the weekend.

Playing for the first time since the shock dismissal of Sean Dyche, Burnley showed plenty of fight and missed a great chance to go 2-0 up when Maxwell Cornet failed from the penalty spot.

The Hammers equalised and only three fine saves from former York City loanee Nick Pope denied David Moyes’ side victory.

Burnley also lost midfielder Ashley Westwood with a bad injury which cold rule him out of the remainder of the campaign,

Leeds’ priceless 3-0 win at Watford last time out bought them some breathing space but coach Jesse Marsch knows there is still plenty of work to do before his side are safe and the league table still could look very different by the time they return to action against Palace.

The Eagles lost 2-0 in their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday and return to league action on tonight at resurgent Newcastle.

Relegation run-in

16th Leeds United (P 32, Pts 33)

Monday, April 25: Crystal Palace (a), Saturday, April 30: Manchester City (h)

Sunday, May 8: Arsenal (a), Wednesday, May 11: Chelsea (h), Sunday, May 15: Brighton (h), Sunday, May 22: Brentford (a)

17th Everton (P 30, Pts 28)

Wednesday, April 20: Leicester City (h), Sunday, April 24: Liverpool (a), Sunday, May 1: Chelsea (h), Saturday, May 7: Leicester City (a), Wednesday, May 11: Watford (a), Sunday, May 15: Brentford (h), Thursday, May 19: Crystal Palace (h), Sunday, May 22: Arsenal (a)

18th Burnley (P 31, Pts 25)

Thursday, April 21: Southampton (h), Sunday, April 24: Wolverhampton Wanderers (h), Saturday, April 30: Watford (a), Saturday, May 7: Aston Villa (h). Sunday, May 15: Tottenham Hotspur (a), Thursday, May 19: Aston Villa (a), Sunday, May 22: Newcastle (h)

19th Watford (P 32, Pts 22)

Saturday, April 23: Manchester City (a), Saturday, April 30: Burnley (h), Saturday, May 7: Crystal Palace (a), Wednesday, May 11: Everton (h), Sunday, May 15: Leicester City (h), Sunday, May 22: Chelsea (a)

20th Norwich City (P 32, Pts 21)

Saturday, April 23: Aston Villa (a), Saturday, April 23: Newcastle United (h), Saturday, May 7: West Ham United (h), Wednesday, May 11: Leicester City (h), Sunday, May 15: Wolves (a), Sunday, May 22: Tottenham Hotspur (h)