Everton haven’t finished in the top four in the Premier League since the 2004/05 season where they managed to pip city rivals, Liverpool, to fourth place by three points having finished on 61 points from 38 games, ironically Benitez was the Anfield club’s manager in this season, although his side did go on to beat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final to re-qualify his side for European football’s biggest competition.
Since then, Everton’s best finishes have all been fifth-placed ones, doing son on three occasions, with two of them being under David Moyes in 2007/08 and 2008/09, whilst the other was under current Belgium manager Roberto Martinez in 2013/14, amassing 72 points, their highest tally since the 1987/88 season.
In the modern era where there is the stereotypical top six in Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, City, United and Tottenham as well as the likes of Leicester City in the fold too, it is as hard as ever to qualify for the Champions League, but, as we saw with West Ham last campaign, one good season can change the opinion of many, and what will help the Toffees is the recent transfer budgets which they’ve had which has allowed them to bring in high-quality signings such as James Rodriguez and Allan last summer.
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Everton to finish in the top four and win the League Cup - 150/1.
Everton to finish in the top four and win the FA Cup - 150/1.