It’s a price that’s long-gone in the wake of the Toffees’ authoritative 3-0 victory at Newcastle, with Roberto Martinez’s side now six points shorter at 4/1 to earn the right to dream of Champions League football next term.
Yet for those that missed the aforementioned double-digit boat there’s no need to be shy as a phalanx of positive forces remain at work on behalf of the Toffees’ continental ambitions.
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After their morale-sapping draw against Swansea, Arsenal’s lead over Everton is down to six points, with the Gunners’ pursuers a game in hand to the good.
A casual glance at the sides’ respective weekend dance-partners rates another portent worth noting for those still to invest in the ‘Martinez miracle’.
Gunners fans will be forgiven for hiding behind the sofa when Manchester City visit the Emirates seven days after the hosts were slapped silly 6-0 by Chelsea.
By that stage Everton may already have ratcheted up the pressure on Arsene Wenger’s choking former title-chasers with victory at Fulham, the league’s second most generous hosts.
Toffees triumph on the banks of the Thames, coupled with the expected defeat of Arsenal by a Citizens outfit desperately in need of maximum points to haul back Chelsea, sets up the Gunners’ trip to Goodison Park very nicely indeed.
Everton have won 10 of their last 11 fixtures on home turf and snapped a three-season run of home defeats at the hands of Arsenal in 2012/13.
Wenger’s charges remain one point shy of having the division’s best road record, but they’ve won only one of their last six away from the ranch, losing three of their last five.
It’s true that after their duel with Arsenal it’s Everton who have the harder run-in, but with the toughest games at home they’ll have every chance of keeping their noses in front.