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The Premier League’s Top Four are more vulnerable than ever

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Since an unjust defeat in the Merseyside derby on 20th October, there has been no looking back for the Toffees. The Merseyside club have enjoyed a fantastic twelve-game unbeaten run, including a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, a 7-1 win against Sunderland and Saturday’s 2-0 win at Upton Park.

This leaves Everton in sixth place and level on points with city rivals Liverpool at this stage. Can the form team of the division continue to kick on and achieve a Champions League spot this season? Their manager certainly thinks so.

Moyes rails at those who claim no side is capable of breaking the dominance of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool on a permanent basis.

He added: “The truth is that has already happened. There are a few teams making a fist of it. People said we couldn’t break in and when we did people said it was a blip. We have to do it again.

“This is probably the best squad we have had and they are probably playing the best but they still have to beat the squad that finishes fourth two seasons ago and that will take some doing.”

Everton face their toughest assignment of their campaign on Sunday with a trip to Old Trafford, where Moyes will have the opportunity to put his, um, clipboard where his mouth is? Tottenham thought they were on the cusp of making a real go of breaking into the top tier, and we all know how that went…

So is Moyes right? Are the “Small Sixteen” clubs really starting to make up ground on Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United or is the league merely segmenting itself further into three parts rather than two?

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