Martinez explains why Everton or West Ham can finish in top four

The Spanish boss has stated that Chelsea’s demise has presented an opportunity.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that his team’s chances of finishing in the top four have been boosted by Chelsea’s poor start to the new season, with The Mirror quoting the Spaniard as saying West Ham are right in the mix also.

The reigning Premier League champions have had a torrid time of it this season under Jose Mourinho and already well off the pace after the first 11 games.

With the Blues now facing a fight to salvage their season, a slot alongside the Manchester clubs and Arsenal in the top four appears to be available.

Everton have been one of the contenders for a top-six place over the last number of seasons and have shown at times this term that they can be a devastating attacking unit when on form.

Ahead of the clash with fellow high-fliers West Ham today, Martinez has talked up the Goodison Park outfit’s chances of finishing in the Champions League qualification places.

“I think what has happened is clear. With the poor start of Chelsea it has opened up one position in that top four,” The Mirror quote Martinez as saying.

“If Chelsea would have had 23, 24, 25 points it would have been very difficult to see light at the end of that top four.

“Now, with the way West Ham and Leicester have started I think it’s very significant how good those two teams are.

"It’s not a coincidence after 11 games that you get a team in that position.”

A win for ninth-placed Everton today would have the Merseyside outfit right back in the mix for the top four and surely see them move up the table.

West Ham can ascend as high as third should they get the three points against Martinez’s men, with both sides looking set to overachieve this season.

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