Everton can take a
huge step towards an unlikely top-four finish and Champions League football
next season if they can maintain their recent run of great form by winning at
To do that, they will
have to overcome opponents who have risen to third in the table on the back of
a superb run of results just as the race for Champions League qualification
With Manchester United
and Manchester City set to finish first and second, Arsenal, Chelsea and
Tottenham Hotspur have been jostling for the remaining two Champions League
spots for the last three months.
will make Everton serious contenders too.
Yet victory at Arsenal
seven points from their last six matches to win the title lead the pack with 80
points from 32 games, 15 points clear of City who have 65 from 31.
United, who need just
from 32, followed by Chelsea on 58 from 31, Spurs on 58 from 32 and Everton 55
Arsenal have 59 points
Emirates Stadium is one of four important midweek Premier League games before a
full programme next weekend.
Tomorrow's match at
Manchester United play at West Ham United on Thursday (NZT), fourth-placed
Chelsea play at neighbours Fulham and Manchester City host
relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic in an FA Cup final rehearsal.
chasing a 16th successive Champions League berth next season, have recovered
superbly since they were beaten 2-1 at arch-rivals Spurs on March 3.
Arsenal, who are
league games since then, including Sunday's 3-1 victory over Norwich City when
all three goals came in the last six minutes.
They have won all four
ambitions have taken root with four wins and a draw from their last five games,
with coach David Moyes praising his team's professionalism in their 2-0 win
against relegation candidates Queens Park Rangers on Sunday (NZT).
important win and a very disciplined and professional performance. Now, if we
can go and win at Arsenal, you might say that we've got a chance of being
involved in the Champions League.
"It was a very
you'll probably say we've got a chance of making the Europa League. No matter
what happens there, the players have given themselves a great chance."
"If we don't,
"There's six games left to go. We've been doing it for most of the season.
Why would it change in the last few games?"
is their record against Arsenal. They have lost eight of their last 11 league
matches and not beaten them for six years.
What Everton need to change
brushed aside a toothless Stoke City 2-0 yesterday, can take another step
towards their 20th title if they win at mid-table West Ham who drew 1-1 with
Southampton on Sunday.
Manchester United, who
from Robin van Persie gave United a 2-2 draw at Upton Park on their last visit
there for an FA Cup third-round tie in January.
A last-minute goal
record at the ground, winning their last three league matches there and
outscoring the Hammers 9-2.
They have a good
of the FA Cup final on May 11, Manchester City meet Wigan at home with the game
of far greater significance to their opponents.
In a dress-rehearsal
the relegation zone, but have two matches in hand on the teams above them.
Wigan are 18th and in
relinquished their hold on the FA Cup on Sunday when they lost 2-1 in their
semi-final against Manchester City, will be playing their seventh match in 19
days, when they make the short trip to Fulham.
Cottage ground is just two miles from Chelsea's Stamford Bridge.
usually do well at Fulham having lost there only once in the Premier League,
and interim coach Rafa Benitez will be desperate for all three points to keep
their momentum going in the race for Champions League qualification.