West Ham and Crystal Palace may sit above Everton in the Premier League table but the Toffees are the form horse in the race for a top-ten finish.
The Irons are 67/100 to finish the campaign above the equator, with the Merseysiders even money and Alan Pardew’s men outsiders of the three at 13/5.
Goodison Park’s finest are indulging in the kind of fast finish that was a regular occurrence under David Moyes after a fraught opening seven months of 2014/15.
It’s now four wins and a draw from their last five league games for the Toffees and their remaining fixtures look fairly digestible once they get Manchester United’s visit out of the way next time out.
Aston Villa, West Ham, Sunderland and Tottenham are their final four foes of the season.
Everton’s vastly improved form is in stark contrast to that of the east Londoners, whose grip on the top ten is becoming less sure by the game.
After a sterling start to the season, Sam Allardyce’s troops have now won twice in 16 post-Christmas league games and are in the kind of purgatorial nick that means relegation battlers QPR and Burnley will be eyeing them hungrily.
Palace have been in far better form, with four victories in their last six games and seven away successes in eight attempts under Pardew’s tutelage.
However, the fixture list looks set to sabotage their bid for to improve upon last year’s Tony Pulis-inspired 45 points and 11th place-finish.
After a home game against Hull, the Eagles face Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool in successive fixtures, before signing off against Swansea at Selhurst Park.
Unlike their London-based tenth-spot rivals, Everton have both a manageable selection of opponents and the kind of form to take advantage.
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