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Appropriately enough I suppose Saturday is history day following our own achievements on Sunday... Okay, not quite as historic as what's gone before down the years at Everton Football Club, but, nonetheless in it's own way it was a day we can look back on in years to come. The day that we finally made it to a semi final under the tenure of David Moyes, the day we despatched a third successive Premier League team from the FA Cup, the day where our faith was rewarded and we made it to the new Wembley (the first club on Merseyside to do so!).
Bit nervy though wasn't it? What else did you expect at Goodison given that the vast majority had it down as a home banker? It was never going to be as simplistic as many had suggested -but we did it -thanks in the main to a spirited second half comeback. Spirit we'll need in abudance for our semi final date, however I think I'll leave that debate for another time!
The old cliche reigns supreme now. We must take each game as it comes and focus on exactly one match at a time. I say this because I still firmly believe we're capable of qualifying for the Champions League via a top four finish. I'm sure David Moyes and his players will strive to achieve exactly that over these final couple of months.
It's not beyond us and looking at the remaining fixtures I reckon we should be winning all our home games (15 points) and taking 9 points from our 5 final away trips. If we do so we'll finish with 69 points. Villa have visits to Liverpool and Manchester United to come whilst have to contend with us at Villa Park and I calculate they'll only take 15 more points in total, leaving them finishing the season with 67 points - so that leaves Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger's faltering Gunners must also go to Liverpool and Manchester United, and face Chelsea at The Emirates. My crystal ball tells me they'll not be gaining more than 19 points in total (if they're lucky!), leaving them with a Premier League tally of 68.
So there you have it. We finish 4th with our highest points total since the inception of the Premier League! Simple really isn't it!
Yes I know it never turns out that way and there'll be a twist or two here and there, but it's great to look at. And if you don't agree, take a real close look at those fixtures and have a go yourself. Like me, if you believe, we're up there. 4th place is ours and come that August qualifier there'll be no Mr Collina to deny us that rightful place in the group stages of Europe's senior club competition. Now that will be a little piece of history won't it ?!
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