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Everton boss sets points target for top-four finish

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If Everton are to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League, Roberto Martinez says they will need 76 points.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Everton boss claimed if the Toffees win their remaining games they will be sure of Champions League qualification.

He said: "I think if we win our remaining games we'll finish in the Champions' League."

Everton sit in fifth place, one-point behind Arsenal in fourth. And the former Wigan Athletic boss wants his side to make one last push to take over from the Gunners.

With the average points total for the fourth placed team in the Premier League era being below 76 points, Martinez hopes that will be enough, and went on to say they can still feel proud even if that points total isn't enough on this occasion.

"When you look in the past the average has always been far less than 76 points, there is only one season that has needed more than that total to get in," Martinez said.

"I would go as far as to say that if you get 76 points and don't get into the Champions League you can be proud and happy, just as you would be disappointed now if you get 71 points and get in.

"Arsenal have been in this situation year after year, so the real significance and importance is how many points you end up with and we are well aware that 72-76 points should be enough to get you in."

Martinez's cause won't be helped by the fact he has received a double injury blow. The Spaniard confirmed both Kevin Mirallas and Sylvain Distin are likely to miss the remaining games.

Distin picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win over Manchester United at the weekend, and Martinez says he will find out in the next 48 hours if the Frenchman's season is over.

He said: "Sylvain Distin won't be fit for this weekend. He has a hamstring injury, we don't know how long he'll be out, but we will find out within the next 48 hours if he will miss the remaining games."

Mirallas will certainly be out for the season, though. 

"With Kevin Mirallas, we thought at the time there was a bit of cramping, but he has a tear in his groin and this season is over for him because he'll be out for 3-4 weeks," Martinez added.

They can be boosted by the news that Darron Gibson may be back on the bench after missing the majority of the season, this weekend, and Phil Jagielka is nearing a return.

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