Losers of both Merseyside derbies in league play, the Toffees have been granted an uncommon third chance to see if this time really is the charm. Everton were their own worst enemies in the previous two encounters, with Jack Rodwell’s red card and David Moyes’ conservative selections arguably the difference makers. It’s also worth noting that in both matches, Everton did not score, losing 2-0 and 3-0.
But now the story is different, with the recent point totals saying it all. Since we all rang in 2012, Everton have earned a total of 26 points in league. By comparison, Liverpool have only taken nine.
With the two sides clearly on opposite runs of form, and a Toffee side eager to avenge two humiliating defeats, could it be Everton who advances to the final? And if they do, does Everton have a chance at winning it all?
I say they do, and here are 10 reasons why.