Everton’s surge for Europe; United’s title race slip; Zamora for England

MUCH of the talk of surprise packages in the league this season have centred around noveau-riche Manchester City, flattering-to-decieve Tottennham Hotspur and the ultra-direct Aston Villa.

But no-one is nattering about Everton. The Toffees have produced a number of outstanding performances this season including impressive wins against Chelsea and Manchester United and a battling draw at the Emirates against Arsenal.

Their good form has come despite a poor start to the campaign and terrible injury record but since their pre-Xmas fightback against Spurs, coming from 2-0 at Goodison to claim a draw they have only lost once (and that was against local rivals Liverpool).

With Mikel Arteta finally back from his lay-off are a strong bet to make the Europa League at the very least.

EVERY defeat at the top of the league seems to signal either the end of a title race or marks the beginning of a crisis but Manchester United’s recent form must be a worry for their fans.

The Red Devils looked very beatable in the European excursion to Milan, with Wayne Rooney eventually pulling them through but their makeshift defence crumbled in the second half at Goodison Park.

The still have to face Cheslea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs in their last 11 games knowing that only wins will be good enough to secure their 19th title.

But without Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand it could be a tough ask.

A BANDWAGON is snaking its way through Fulham and Hammersmith picking up anyone who rates Bobby Zamora as an England forward.

While Zamora would be an outside bet for a place in the squad (depending on the number of strikers Fabio Capello takes there are sill a number of credible of choices ahead of him including Theo Walcott, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent.

But as long as Michael Owen stays at home I don’t think anyone will complain.