Everton: Champions League place back in their hands after Manchester City win

After Tottenham's shock defeat to Fulham, Everton know that victory in their next four games will see them above Arsenal and Spurs regardless. Can they still make it into Europe?

Something just gave you a feeling about this weekend in the Premier League. With some of the fixtures being pitched up there was certainly a sense that a lot could change by Sunday evening and it certainly did.

While there were big ramifications at the bottom of the table the biggest effect had to be at the top. Manchester United now have a 15 point lead over their City rivals meaning the Premier League title is all but over with just nine games left for those teams.

City were beaten by Everton who then witnessed Southampton beat Liverpool to arrange some breathing space between them and their Merseyside rivals in seventh place.

Meanwhile while some may have guessed a Swansea upset for Arsenal it was Tottenham who continued their poor run of results by losing 1-0 to a now seemingly safe Fulham.

The winners at the end of play? Everton.

Before the weekend fixtures it was doom and gloom at Goodison Park.

Maraoune Fellaini, Leighton Baines and David Moyes were all apparently on the way out after Wigan had humbled The Toffees in the FA Cup.

However their excellent record against Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City continued with goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic contributing to the champion’s downfall.

Now it leaves the hunt for a Champions League place firmly in their hands.

Everton have a game-in-hand over Spurs; against Arsenal at The Emirates on the 16th April. If Everton can beat Stoke City next weekend then they will face Spurs at White Hart Lane with hope restored of a miraculous launch into the Champions League places.

Victory over Spurs would precede a fixture with QPR before facing Arsenal on the 16th. Victory in all four games would leave Everton above Tottenham and Arsenal; regardless of the North London duo’s results.

While of course that is a fanciful assessment if Everton can win both fixtures against the North London duo there is every case to suggest they could finish in the top four.

While Everton have difficult ties against Chelsea and Liverpool (away) still to come things are not much easier for Spurs or Arsenal. Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and West Brom still await one or both the clubs.

So after all the recent apparent misery being levied on Everton FC could there still be a huge light at the end of this tunnel?

Can Everton make it into the Champions League or Europe at least?

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