Everton clambered to second in the Premier League’s six-game form table with Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Goodison Park.
Having won five and drawn one of those outings, they’re level with Arsenal on goal difference and behind them only by virtue of having scored one fewer.
Roberto Martinez’s side have struck a vein of form so irresistible as to have observers wondering just where it will end.
They are three points behind Stoke (47) in ninth and six behind Swansea (50) in eighth with four games of the season remaining – seventh-placed Southampton are out of reach on 57.
Before the relative hospitality of the trio’s fixture lists are considered, there are two factors in Everton’s favour if they are to continue riding the form thermal that has carried them from 14th to their current station over the last six games.
A goal difference of +3 will stand them in good stead in their attempts to reel in the two S’s immediately above them.
Meanwhile, the fact that Mark Hughes’ men visit the Liberty Stadium holds out the tantalising prospect that the pair will take points off each other.
A tenth-place finish for the Toffees is the even-money favourite on bwin, with 11th second in the betting at 2/1 and ninth third at 9/4.
The last is certainly attainable, with Stoke still to play Liverpool and Tottenham as well as travel to relegation-battling Burnley before the season is out.
Everton’s friendly derby-foes still have an outside chance of Champions League football, while they are also equal on points with the Lilywhites (the latter having played a game more), so neither will lack motivation for the Britannia Stadium trip.
Finishing eighth, a 20/1-rated proposition, will require a bit more in the way of good fortune, with two more wins from matches against Aston Villa, Sunderland, West Ham and Spurs the bare minimum needed to overhaul the Swans.
However, its conquest is far from impossible, especially given Garry Monk’s side encounter Arsenal and Manchester City, both vying for second, before heading off on their summer holidays.