Why Everton's home record is key to top four finish

Everton currently fifth place in the Premier League under new manager Roberto Martinez.

The Blues have undergone a transition between the leadership of David Moyes who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United this summer and a new era of Everton under former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.

The Spanish coach has made a big impact already on the Toffees who are on track to meet their objective of qualifying for the Champions League with a top four finish this term.

The foundations laid by Moyes at Goodison Park have been built on superbly by Martinez as evidenced by their continued unbeaten home record in 2013. Under Moyes in the first half of this year at the back end of last season, Everton hadn’t lost a Premier League match at home in six months equating to 9 games.

Since Martinez’ arrival much has changed but one thing that remains is the Blues’ unbeaten home record at Goodison Park – so far this season they have yet to lose a single home game in the league, winning five and drawing three of their eight home games to make it 17 games in succession they have gone unbeaten and, so far, they have yet to be beaten this year at home.

Their last defeat at Goodison Park in the Premier League was suffered against Chelsea on December 30th 2012 and that 2-1 defeat was their only home defeat of the campaign – the Blues won 12 and drew six of their home games under David Moyes last term representing a dramatic improvement from the previous term in 2011/12 when they suffered six defeats and three draws at home.

The Blues have turned Goodison into a real fortress in the last 12 months and they’ll be hoping to preserve that unbeaten record in their last games of the year this month when Sunderland visit on Boxing Day and Southampton travel on December 29th.

So far so good for Roberto Martinez and Everton in the Premier League – they’ve won eight, drawn seven and lost just one of their 16 games played so far, including victories over champions Manchester United, title rivals Chelsea, and draws with Tottenham, Liverpool and current leaders Arsenal – the only top seven side from last term they have suffered defeat to is Manchester City at the Etihad.

Martinez’ men have taken a total of 9 points off the top seven teams (excluding themselves) in the league so far this term from an available 18 and their impressive home record will likely be the difference come May when the Blues will be hopeful of securing that all-important top four finish. At present they are just one point off Manchester City in 4th place with 22 matches left to play, six of which will be against their rivals for the top four in the New Year and with three of those six games their ability to defend that home record is all-important to their season’s objective.

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