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Two more chances for David Moyes to cement his reputation

How can Everton boss David Moyes become even more of a hero at Everton?

After such a superb start to the season, it may be perhaps a little underwhelming that Everton are again talking about Europa League qualification rather than Champions League- but realists will concede it certainly is not a bad target.

Everton did not reach the Europa League last season, so this will quantify a step forward, but a surprise loss to relegation-threatened Sunderland means they are looking over their shoulders.

The future of manager David Moyes still remains a little unclear. He has not signed a new deal at Goodison Park, and there has even been talk of replacements.

Moyes has long been linked with other top jobs in the Premier League, and even managing abroad in the Bundesliga, and if he is to walk away at the end of the season, it won't be long before he is offered a new opportunity.

However before then, the Scot has an opportunity to get two major monkeys off his back, and answer some of the doubters over his ability to really take a side to the next level.

No he will not get the chance to win a trophy, but he does have the chance to correct two frustrating statistics which will be irking him.

Firstly, he has the opportunity to lead Everton to a win at Anfield for the first ever time in his managerial career. In all his time at Everton, Moyes has never seen his side win away to rivals Liverpool, and perhaps has just one more chance to do so on Sunday May 5.

With Liverpool potentially missing a banned Luis Suarez, depending on what action the FA take over his 'bite', Everton will feel they are in with more of a chance, having been beaten 3-0 at the stadium on their last visit.

The second is an annoying statistic for Moyes, that he has also never seen his Everton team beat either Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal away from home.

They put up a great effort against Arsenal last week, but ultimately fell short of getting the three points, the story of Moyes' reign on their visits to so many of the top sides.

But on Everton's last game of the season, potentially Moyes' final as manager, they travel to Champions League chasing Chelsea, hoping to reverse the trend.

With Chelsea having all to play for it won't be easy, but if Moyes can lead his side to picking up those two big wins, perhaps it will be the ideal way to sign out, answering any lingering critics about the ability to win the 'big one' on their travels.

Moyes may even stay after all, and whether he remains or not, his Everton legacy can be cemented in the season's final games, now he just needs to figure out a way how to do it.

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