It increasingly seems that Everton are starting to turn a bit of a corner under Carlo Ancelotti.

Supporters came into the current campaign with a fair amount of optimism after a busy summer transfer window and a favourable fixture list to begin the term.

However, as we all know by now, things didn't quite go to plan.

A dreadful start to the season eventually cost Marco Silva his job at the start of December, with Duncan Ferguson taking temporary charge before Ancelotti made his way to Merseyside.

And already the Italian is showing why he comes with a world class pedigree.

Following Saturday's dramatic victory over Watford, the first time Everton had come from behind to win a Premier League game in 776 days, supporters are finally looking up the table again rather than over their shoulders.

The Blues find themselves in the middle of an incredibly tight area of the table at the minute in ninth place, only four points behind Spurs in fifth and European football once more.

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But, to put this concertinaed division into a little bit of context, this weekend's opponents Crystal Palace are five places below Everton - but only three points worse off.

For Everton to even be in this position however has taken a brilliant amount of work from both Ferguson and Ancelotti over the last two months, and the club's form really is something to be reckoned with.

In the first portion of the term under Silva, Everton only managed to pick up 14 points across 15 Premier League matches.

Ancelotti has managed that same amount in just seven games.

In fact over the course of the last ten matches, which includes the three managed by Ferguson in his temporary spell in charge, Everton have accrued 19 Premier League points. That's the joint second most out of the whole division.

The form under Ancelotti, 14 points from seven matches, places the Italian's side only behind Liverpool too - unquestionably making the Blues one of the most in-form teams in the country.

A poor start to the season has hampered those recent results and perhaps hidden how well Everton have been performing since the middle of December.

But now a potential fight for European football is back on the cards, and if the Blues continue their current trend then they could possibly secure it.

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Ancelotti is currently managing two points per game during his time as Everton manager. If that carries on until the end of the term, it would see them pick up 59 points.

That's more than the Blues have accrued in six of the last 10 seasons - and betters the tallies of both the 2018/19 and 2017/18 campaigns.

That amount of points would also be enough to finish at least seventh in four of those terms which, as we all know, could be enough for Europa League football if certain teams win this year's cup competitions.

The most important factor from now until the end of the term for all the teams involved in this battle is consistency, of course.

Every side who finds themselves in this tight portion of the table are where they are because their campaigns have, so far at least, been lacking a semblance of consistency.

For the most part, that criticism can certainly fall at Everton's feet, of course.

But, recently, the Blues have been the ones showing they can put the kind of run together that would be required.

Now it's up to Ancelotti and his side to keep that momentum up.