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Can Everton Break Into The Top Six?

There was a time when Everton consistently used to find themselves on the brink of Champions League places. However, since the time of David Moyes at Goodison Park, the landscape of English football has changed a lot.

In the last few years, the so-called big six have asserted their dominance in the Premier League. These six sides have been fighting among themselves for top-four places for quite some time, the only exception being Leicester City in their title-winning season.

Everton has spent a lot in the last few transfer windows to breach into this top-six, but they have come up short up until now. The likes of Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce have come and gone, but the Merseysiders have found it hard to take the next step.

However, it appears that they have finally cracked the code with the appointment of Marco Silva in the hot seat. Silva has had small but successful spells with Hull City and Watford in the English football.

This job is arguably the biggest of his career, and he has risen to the occasion in the first few months.

Furthermore, he has been supported by the club in the market. Everton has spent a decent amount of money on signings like Richardson, Yerri Mina, Bernard, Andre Gomes, and Lucas Digne during the last window.

The Portuguese manager has made an on-the-spot impact in Merseyside, and the Toffees look like a much-different side this season.

Now, it might not be enough to catch big boys this season, but it’s a start in the right direction. Furthermore, as things stand, Everton is just a couple of points behind Manchester United, who sit in the sixth spot.

It would be unrealistic to expect Silva’s side to compete with the likes of Manchester United this season, but they are indeed knocking on the doors of the top-six.

And if United doesn’t improve their form soon, Everton would make sure to take advantage of the situation.

Hence, the new project at Everton has made a great start, and it is headed in the right direction. There have also been talks about further foreign investment in the club, and it appears that exciting times lie ahead for Everton.

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Champions League Group Stage predictions
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Champions League Group Stage Predictions (Part 2)

How do you like our Champions League group stage predictions part 1? Here our second predictions covering Champions League group stages, we take a look at the final four groups in the tournament.

Group E

Bayern Munich seems to be struggling under the new management, and they could only manage a 1-1 home draw with the Dutch side. The German champions sit in the second spot with four points, and ideally, they shouldn’t have any problem in winning this group. However, their struggles have provided the likes of Ajax and Benfica a rare shot at knockout rounds. The Portuguese side has picked up three points in their two games.

Greek side AEK sits in the final spot with zero points, and we see no hope for them.

Predictions: Bayern Munich and Benfica to progress into the next round.

Group F

Manchester City lost at home to Lyon in their opening game, but they should still win the group. They currently sit in the second spot with three points. Lyon now tops the group with four points, and they currently have a considerable advantage over Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim in the race for the second qualifying spot.

Donetsk has managed two points from their two games, while Hoffenheim has only one. The Ukrainian side has the talent to progress, and their home game against Lyon could be the deciding fixture. Hoffenheim looks very unstable , but currently they are yet to play Lyon and Donetsk at home.

Predictions: Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk to qualify.

Group G

This group consists of two of last year’s Champions League semi-finalists in Real Madrid and AS Roma. However, none of them occupies the top spot after two rounds of the game. CSKA Moscow claimed a shocking 1-0 home win over Real last week to move to the top with four points. This result has thrown this group wide open. We expect the current champions to progress, but it would be a close fight between CSKA and Roma.

Viktoria Plzen is the minnows of the group, and they should finish in the bottom spot.

Predictions: Real Madrid and AS Roma to move to the pre-quarterfinals.

Group H

Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus sit at the top of Group H with six points, and they should have no problem in winning their group. Manchester United sit in the second with four points. Their home draw against Valencia was a disappointing result, but they are expected to finish ahead of Valencia, who have picked up just one point from their first two games. However, there is a lot of uncertainty at Old Trafford, and it’s hard to predict which way their season would go.

Predictions: Juventus to win the group, and Manchester United to finish in the second spot.

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Champions League Group Stage predictions
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Champions League Group Stage Predictions (Part 1)

We are two games-weeks into the Champions League group stage, and some interesting permutations and combinations are shaping up.

While there are some straightforward groups, but most of the eight groups have shaped up quite interestingly after two rounds of games.

We take a look at the first four groups, from A to D, in this feature, and predict the outcomes.

Group A

This group looks quite straightforward regarding qualification to the next round. Both Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have picked up maximum points from their first two games. Club Brugge and Monaco remain pointless, and they will have to battle it out against each other for the Europa League spot.

Atletico and Dortmund face each other in back-to-back games in the tournament to decide the winner of the group.

Predictions: Atletico Madrid to win the group and the Dortmund to finish in the second spot.

Group B

Barcelona and Inter Milan have picked up maximum points in their first two games. However, Tottenham can’t be ruled out just yet. Spurs have lost to Inter and Barca, but they should pick up six points from their next two games, against PSV Eindhoven. Meanwhile, Inter and Barcelona are set to face each other, and we don’t see the Italians picking up a single point against the Catalans.

We expect a very tight finish for the second spot, and it’s very likely to come down to Inter’s visit to Wembley Stadium in the last week of November.

Predictions: Barcelona and Tottenham to qualify.

Group C

This could be called as the Group of Death in Champions League this season. Napoli, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are vying for top-two spots, and it looks quite close at the top of the table.

The Italian side currently tops the group with four points. Their 1-0 home win over the Reds was a considerable surprise and also a massive statement from the Naples sides. PSG and Liverpool are close behind with three points each.

It’s very open in Group C, but PSG and Liverpool have too much talent not to make it to the next round.

Predictions: Liverpool and PSG to qualify.

Group D

Porto and Schalke 04 share the top spot in Group D with four points. Turkish side Galatasaray is close behind them with three points. Lokomotiv Moscow sits bottom with zero points.

It would be quite tricky for the Russia side to make a comeback, but you can’t rule them out. Porto has a consistent record in qualifying, and we expect them to progress. It would be a close fight for the second spot, and we hope Schalke to finish ahead of Galatasaray.

Predictions: Porto and Schalke to make it to last-16.

Read the part 2 of the Champions League group prediction.

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