Marco Silva’s first season in charge of Everton has been a qualified success, with the brightest moments coming since the turn of the year with some spirited home performances against the top six.
That means that the Toffees can still finish as the best of the rest – in seventh place – but only if they finish the season with a flourish in their last four fixtures.
Can they do it? We’ve taken a look at their final four matches of the season and predicted the outcomes.
Manchester United (H) – Draw
A high-tempo, defensively solid style has taken points from Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal at Goodison Park in recent weeks and although United’s away form has improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they have faltered slightly of late.
If Silva can get another big performance from his players, a point is the least Everton should expect, which would put a major dent in United’s top four hopes.
Crystal Palace (A) – Win
Palace are a strong prospect on the road but struggle on their own patch and Everton should fancy their chances of going to Selhurst Park and taking all three points.
Roy Hodgson hasn’t been able to find a formula that can get his side on the front foot at home, and their shot-shy nature means the Toffees may only need to net once to win.
Burnley (H) – Win
Burnley have put together a reasonably impressive run of form of late to all but steer themselves free of relegation danger, but aren’t the best on the road.
Everton thrashed them at Turf Moor over Christmas and while the result may not be 5-1 again, Silva should fancy his side’s chances of securing a league double.
Tottenham (A) – Loss
Spurs ripped Everton apart in the earlier meeting between the two sides this season and while another 6-2 shouldn’t be on the cards, the final game of the season remains a very tough assignment indeed.
With the new stadium and the excitement around the club, it would be tough to bet against Spurs getting the win, which may just mean Everton miss out on seventh.