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The competition for a top four spot is extremely tough with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham and, considering last year, Newcastle, all vying for a spot.
That's seven teams, eight including Everton, who are vying for four spots. As we saw last season, anything can happen with any team and Everton can benefit from its competitors' various dilemmas.
At the moment Everton is probably better-placed than three of its competitors in Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle.
The two bigger clubs are in periods of transition and while there is quality for both sides on the sideline and on the pitch they are not at the level of the other "Big Six."
The Toffees are at least on the same level as Newcastle and positive performances against that side this season would certainly help their cause.
That leaves the two Manchester clubs and the other two London clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea. These four are certainly in a better position than Everton when you consider quality and, in some cases, form.
Everton gained seven points in eight games against these teams last season and have already gone a good way towards that with their three points against United.
Two of those wins came at home, against Chelsea and Manchester City, and if Everton can repeat those results and add a win against Arsenal they will have almost doubled their total against these sides. Add in some possible draws away from home and they would be in a great position.
These teams have all strengthened but there is no knowing what form, fitness or confidence they will be in when they face Everton. If David Moyes can get his side prepared for all these games and deal with his own squads problems they could pull off the results they need.