The Chalkboard: How Fulham victory can prove Everton are the best of the rest

In sizzling form, Marco Silva’s Everton make the trip to face Scott Parker’s relegated Fulham at Craven Cottage this weekend –  and victory can help to prove that the team really are the best of the rest in the Premier League.

The likelihood of three points

Even the most pessimistic of Toffees would be willing to admit that the likelihood of another three points on Saturday afternoon is very high indeed.

The Royal Blues have looked like world-beaters in their last three matches – dispatching of Chelsea at Goodison Park, West Ham United away and then Arsenal on home turf.

This unlikely run has not only cooled the heat on their new manager but also thrust them firmly back into the race for seventh place and to be the best of the rest in the English top-flight.

However, it’s not just the fact that maximum points on the banks of the river Thames could take them above Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City and into seventh that means a triumph would be a big statement to all the other Premier League sides vying for what could be the final European spot.

How a victory can send a big message to Leicester, Watford, Wolves and co

As aforementioned, Silva’s men enter this weekend on the back of two fairly recent “Big Six” scalps but to be the best of the rest, you have to be able to beat the teams around and below you as well.

That has been the big problem for the sides battling it out for sixth place in 2018/2019, starting with the Blue Half of Merseyside themselves.

They’ve gotten Premier League results out of the likes of the Gunners, the Blues and bitter rivals Liverpool, but been bested by teams such as Newcastle United, Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion.

It’s been no different for eighth-placed Wolves as they’ve taken three points from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, coupled with an embarrassing home loss to rock-bottom Huddersfield Town and away defeat at Cardiff.

By winning on Saturday, the Toffees would be showing they can be consistent against the smaller outfits as well as upsetting the bigger ones, thus staking a late claim for that all-important seventh position with the likes of Burnley and Crystal Palace, as well as Manchester United and Tottenham, still to play.