Roberto Martinez’s refusal to allow Everton to be blinded by a bout of neighbour envy has manoeuvred them to within five games of their own outstanding achievement.
They can’t yet rival Liverpool’s ten-match winning streak and position atop the Premier League table, but seven victories in a row equals the sequence that steered the Toffees to the last of their nine league titles in 1986/87.
It has also lifted them to 66 points, which is already their greatest ever Premier League tally and five stronger than the figure that earned them fourth place in 2004/05, revealing just how relentless the pace is this season.
Martinez’s men are 5/4 to finish in the top four, a feat that would almost certainly mean evicting Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal for the first time in the Frenchman’s 18-year reign.
Three of Everton’s last four triumphs were achieved without conceding, two of those against top-half duo Newcastle and Arsenal.
They are a delicious evens to defeat latest opponents Crystal Palace to nil, affording new bwin.com customers a chance to convert the £30 free bet awarded to them on arrival into a dapper £30 profit.
Palace – who are 7/1 to prevail, with the draw 15/4 and Everton 4/11 – are on their own three-game winning spree, but their most recent victims were lowly Cardiff and Aston Villa.
Their prospects of extending the purple patch into a fourth fixture are severely compromised by a dreadful record against the division’s higher-ups.
Tony Pulis’ men have lost all nine of their trips to top-half clubs, taking their beating without any reply on six of those occasions.
Their figures against sides ranked ninth or higher are in fact unflattering regardless of the venue; the Eagles’ have won once and drawn once in 15 such encounters and managed a measly three goals.
Everton have not only delivered in seven successive league outings at all stadiums, they have pieced together seven straight wins at Goodison Park too (nine across all competitions).
Additionally, the Toffees have shut out Palace in their past two clashes, including at Selhurst Park back in November.