5 Reasons Why Everton Will Make Champions League

5 Reasons Why Everton Will Make Champions League

5 Reasons Why Everton Will Make Champions League
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With less then a quarter of the EPL season remaining, the battle for valued league positions are heating up and the race for a Champions League berth is no different. Currently, Arsenal sits four points clear of Everton for the last position. As the season winds down, expect to see Everton overtake Arsenal and move into fourth place for these reasons.

5. David Moyes is at Manchester United

5. David Moyes is at Manchester United
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5. David Moyes is at Manchester United

5. David Moyes is at Manchester United
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The summer departure of David Moyes has opened the door for Everton to lose their ultra-conservative approach and take calculated risks. Now Roberto Martinez has Everton pushing all the right buttons and meshing well together.

4. Tim Howard is in Goal

4. Tim Howard is in Goal
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4. Tim Howard is in Goal

4. Tim Howard is in Goal
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Believe it or not, but Tim Howard is considered a stalwart in goal at this point of his career. Howard has Everton allowing the third-fewest goals in the EPL, and the 11-year veteran has to take most of the credit. If Everton continues to surrender goals at a limited clip, then passing the porous Gunners should not be an issue.

3. Youth Movement

3. Youth Movement
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3. Youth Movement

3. Youth Movement
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Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley steal the headlines, but Everton has a wealth of youth at the club. On most occasions, Martinez starts six players under the age of 23. If these players are able to keep their fitness, then expect Everton to only get stronger as a team as the season concludes.

2. Romelu Lukaku is a Superstar

2. Romelu Lukaku is a Superstar
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2. Romelu Lukaku is a Superstar

2. Romelu Lukaku is a Superstar
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Not only is Lukaku becoming a league superstar, but he is Everton's go-to guy. Having a player others can look to in situations of crisis is vitally important when it comes to the Champions League battle. Expect to see Arsenal falter as they are not sure who to turn to down the stretch.

1. Game in Hand

1. Game in Hand
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1. Game in Hand

1. Game in Hand
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Everton currently have a game in hand over Arsenal, and any sort of result will bring their current four-point deficit to within a game. On top of this, they play Arsenal at Goodison Park, which is a place they have only lost one match all year.

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