Nigel Martyn feels Everton can still get into next season’s Champions League if they win all their remaining games.
Sunday’s 1-0 win at West Ham kept the Toffees’ European hopes alive and Martyn told Everton.News there’s still a chance of reaching the top four.
A Champions League place looked a realistic possibility when Everton were rampant early in the season and better home form would have the club in those spots already.
Two winnable home matches against Wolves and Sheffield United await before the end of the season.
It’s those types of games which have tripped Carlo Ancelotti’s men up this term, but Martyn predicted that crunch time would bring a change of fortunes.
“It’s put them in with an outside chance of the top four,” said Martyn. “Only an outside chance. You still need Liverpool to slip up, and two of Chelsea, West Ham or Leicester.
“The remaining games, even the Man City game on the final day of the season, remain winnable.
“The slight concern is you’ve got two home games. But I’m going to predict the home form will improve. It has to.
“Wolves and Sheffield United have got to be six points. Everton have to have 12 points from four games. It’s not easy, but they’re all winnable, even City because their mind will be elsewhere by then.
“If you’ve got teams who haven’t got much to play for, if you’re on it, and on it for 90 minutes, you’ve got an advantage but your performance has to earn that first.”
To not finish in the European places would be a disappointment for Everton after the start to the season they’ve made and the strides under Ancelotti.
This crazy, condensed season has presented the club with an opportunity and it wouldn’t have taken much improvement to have Everton in the top four already.
Home defeats to Newcastle, Fulham and Burnley as well as a draw with Crystal Palace represent 11 points dropped. Everton are currently nine behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two games in hand.
That shows the margins and Everton have to close their season out with a winning run – just like how they started it – to give themselves an outside chance now.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive