Four of Everton's eight remaining fixtures involve potentially tricky tests against Arsenal, Manchester United, Southampton and Manchester City - a run-in that former Arsenal midfield playmaking star Paul Merson believes is so arduous that they will likely fail in their ambitions of a final ranking within the top four.
"Having seen Everton's fixtures, I don't think they will finish fourth, but the players won't be thinking like that. Remember, they have just won four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since 2008 - whereas the other teams in the top four are capable of reeling off seven or eight without playing well," he explained in his prediction column for Sky Sports.
He continued: "So while that's a big feat for them, it's not really for those used to top-four football. That shows you what they're up against.
"They have done great to get back into the race and I think they will win this game comfortably, but I think Arsenal will beat them to fourth."
Everton take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, March 30 and Merson while Merson ultimately sees them finishing outside the top four, he does predict a comfortable 3-0 away victory for Roberto Martinez's side.
"As for Fulham, they took a massive battering at Man City and probably need to win half of their games between now and the end of the season. That's a big ask."