Everton set to make top four charge?

by , Give Me Football | 16/04/2013

Everton will face off against an in-form Arsenal team on Tuesday night and the outcome will play a big role in both sides’ chances in their bid for Champions League football: Everton could close the gap on top four rivals with a victory.

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Nick Entwistle
158 Posted 16/04/2013 at 17:11:01
First game of the season that makes a big difference to the top end of the table as teams make their final plays for CL football, making this the biggest game of the season so far - in all the Premier League.

Got to love April and May for the Sport alone.

Kev Johnson
458 Posted 17/04/2013 at 13:56:06
Anyone had a go at the BBC Premier League Predictor? You just estimate the scores/results for all the remaining matches and it gives you the final table. Interesting...

I did it twice. The first time we finished 5th, two points ahead of Arsenal. (Stoke relegated, along with QPR and Reading.) The second time - with slightly different results, obviously - we finished 6th, two points behind Chelsea (with Villa going down instead of Stoke).

I recommend giving it a go!

Kev Johnson
460 Posted 17/04/2013 at 14:14:34
Sorry, I forgot to provide the link. Here it is:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/predictor/default.stm

Nick Entwistle
464 Posted 17/04/2013 at 14:24:32
I got 4th Kev. Unbiased as I am...
Kev Johnson
470 Posted 17/04/2013 at 14:28:53
Ha-ha! I suspect you put us down for a win at Anfield, Nick! I must admit, I only gave us one point for that. Also a point at Stamford Bridge, but wins at home to Fulham and West Ham. The first time I had us winning at the Stadium of Light but the second time I only had us drawing. So, a total of either 67 points or 65.

It's bloody hard to estimate the results for other teams. It's easier for us, because we know in our heart of hearts that there is no way will lose another game this season. Er... is there?

Chris Leyland
471 Posted 17/04/2013 at 15:07:32
I've done it twice now Kev and can't hand on heart get us in the top 4. I did get us 5th missing out by a point on 4th the second time but 6th the 1st time
Mike Green
473 Posted 17/04/2013 at 15:19:50
I have us 6th but only 3 points off Arsenal in 4th with Spurs in between. Spurs are playing Chelsea and relegation fodder fighting for their lives so could be tough, especially without Bale. I also had us to draw at Anfield and Stamford Bridge - turn lose into wins and we get 4th.

Also - Wigan go down......

Nick Entwistle
577 Posted 18/04/2013 at 00:14:46
Fulham didn't do us any favours tonight, but they may be stung into a performance against Arsenal this weekend.

Spurs have City which is hopefully good for us, and for once I'll be hoping Liverpool win when they take on Chelsea... ok, draw.

Kev Johnson
609 Posted 18/04/2013 at 09:18:59
I had that down as a Fulham win. Bugger. It's harder than it looks, this prediction lark.

Gazing into the mist-shrouded future, I prophecy that Fulham-Arsenal, Spurs-City and Liverpool-Chelsea will all be draws. Unfortunately, I fear our game will be as well. More optimistically, if Spurs lose and we win, then we go above them on goal difference.

Sam Hoare
614 Posted 18/04/2013 at 09:54:19
5 points ahead with better goal difference and a game in hand, id say Chelsea are now officially out of reach barring something quite extraordinary.

Tottenham are catchable and perhaps Arsenal if they have a shocker or two.

I think we all felt a win was needed on Tuesday and it continues to look that way. If only a striker had arrived in January...

Nick Entwistle
627 Posted 18/04/2013 at 11:41:28
With goal difference we need five points on Arsenal. They have Utd and a couple of London derbies but even with a 3-1-1 record we'd have to win every game.

It may be a better bet to look at Chelsea. They still have Liverpool, Swansea, Utd, Spurs, Villa, Us... all with Europa and FA Cup in between.

If we're looking to overhaul Spurs then jeez, all for the Europa Cup? We've got 15 good players who are already running on fumes and Europa brings nothing to the bank for investment.

Kev Johnson
635 Posted 18/04/2013 at 12:03:16
Come on, Nick - we want to finish as high as possible, and if that means the Europa League then so be it.

I know it's not a money spinner but it's an adventure, isn't it? A bit of glamour. As for exhausting our squad and causing us to underperform in the Premiership, well, we've had no European distractions for a couple of seasons and it hasn't helped us. Look at it positively: if we'd been playing in Europe this season then maybe some of our younger players would have developed quicker. Also, sitting on the bench has got to be a drag, I'm sure non-first-teamers would rather be getting a run out away at Lazio than simply not playing.

Oh, and by the way, Chelsea are out of the FA Cup.

Andrew Ellams
637 Posted 18/04/2013 at 12:27:46
Europa league or not, finishinge above Spurs and the RS would give me some major bragging rights at work so onwards and upwards I say.
Ross Edwards
759 Posted 18/04/2013 at 21:59:29
I did the BBC predictor, I gave us a 10-0 win at Anfield!
Kev Johnson
785 Posted 18/04/2013 at 22:50:10
So come on then, gents - what are you predictions for the four important games this weekend? I predict:
Sunderland 1 v 2 Everton
Liverpool 2 v 0 Chelsea
Fulham 1 v 1 Arsenal
Spurs 2 v Man City 2

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