Everton manager David Moyes will look to recreate the pre-season preparation that propelled the Toffees to Champions League qualification in the 2004/05 campaign.
Notoriously slow starters, Everton have had to get used to playing catch-up for a number of seasons now, having only once earned more than ten points from their first six Barclays Premier League games.
It's a stark contrast to the memorable year that saw the Merseysiders win seven of their opening ten games - something that went a long way to helping Everton break into the top-four.
Prior to that campaign, Moyes took his Everton squad to the USA and plans are in place for another tour this summer in a bid to replicate the early season form next year.
"I am going to try and follow as close as possible the path we took in pre-season in the year we qualified for the Champions League as far as preparation is concerned," said Moyes.
"That was our first year in America, we will go there again. That is the one year we got off to a really good start."
True to form, Everton have picked up as the season goes on, with the Goodison Park outfit having lost just one of their last nine games in the Barclays Premier League.
A far cry from their early season problems, where three points from the first six games saw Everton slump to the bottom of the table.
An upturn in form now sees the Toffees on course for a top seven finish after coming from behind to draw 1-1 against relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
"Our record at the end of seasons is a good thing in as much that if we can get a good start, get in a good position, then Everton look as though they are someone who finishes the season strongly," he concluded.
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