It's not overstating the situation to suggest that the week facing Everton could eventually define their entire campaign.

At Goodison Park, where form this term so far has been pretty inconsistent, the Blues are facing up to three huge matches in a row - with a whole lot riding on each one of them.

Carlo Ancelotti has led his side into a brilliant position in the Premier League thus far, staying right in touch with the upper echelons of the table while still having games in hand on many of those around them.

Win those matches and the situation looks even better, but the focus must first be on the task at hand.

Everton have, in fact, looked more impressive away from home than they have on their familiar turf in the league over the course of 2020/21 up to this stage.

It seems a long time ago since the club could hardly buy a win on their travels. Ancelotti has fashioned his side into an effective points-machine on the road.

The Blues have won two more away games and have lost one less match when not playing at Goodison compared to when they are at home.

The manager has been clear over the last few weeks in particular that a lack of supporters inside stadiums is undoubtedly behind this trend, as an increase in away form is something many sides have experienced.

If ever there was a week for Everton to turn the tide on that trend, however, it's now.

First, attention actually turns away from the league table and instead to a competition in which Everton didn't actually get off to a great start.

The Blues had a bit of a scare against Championship strugglers Rotherham United at Goodison earlier this month, needing extra time and the influence of Abdoulaye Doucoure from the bench to see off the threat.

Ancelotti's side might not get so lucky a second time if they allow their performance levels to drop to that again.

A long rest from their last match, which was the win over Wolves, thanks to the postponed fixture against Aston Villa should give ample opportunity for Ancelotti to pick as strong a side as possible despite the tough tests in the Premier League that will follow.

And, of course, the manager will understand the importance of the FA Cup in itself.

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Blues supporters have been desperate for success for a long time, and the arrival of the Italian sparked hope that an end to a barren spell without a trophy could be just on the horizon for the club.

This competition still presents the best opportunity that Everton will have in achieving that aim, and their form at the start of this season has shown that it is possible for them to go far.

Ancelotti was brought to Merseyside with the promise of success, of course. He will want to deliver it as soon as he can.

But, the manager is also desperate to bring European football back to Goodison, and there's no escaping how crucial the match against Leicester City could prove to be in that sense.

Some sections of the fanbase on social media have been a little aggrieved over recent days about the difference in perception on a national basis between the two sides.

Brendan Rodgers' side are performing very well, of course they are, but why are they deemed to be title challengers while Everton are not to some in the wider media sphere?

Regardless of your thoughts on the debate as things stand, the Blues will have to be in much more conversations of that ilk if they were to beat Leicester.

As statements of intent go, victory over the Foxes could be a huge one for Ancelotti's side - against a team who will have had similar ambitions as them at the beginning of the term.

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They have beaten Leicester, Wolves and Spurs away from home in that sense - while Chelsea and Arsenal have been bested at Goodison.

Adding the scalp of Rodgers' side for the second time this season would surely signal that Everton mean business in the race for potential Champions League football.

A loss wouldn't be the end of those hopes, but they would temper the understandable excitement around the club somewhat.

Then, a few days after Leicester, the Blues will be looking for revenge against Newcastle.

An Everton side dogged by injuries and suspensions travelled to St James' Park at the beginning of November and put in one of the most disappointing performances of their season.

Losing 2-1 against a side who now find themselves teetering dangerously above the relegation zone is a real blot on the copy book that they will want to correct.

The manner of the defeat was a concern at the time, following an equally poor performance in a loss to Southampton - but Ancelotti's side have put them behind them since then.

There is, of course, the matter of last January's visit of Newcastle to Goodison to consider as well. Everton need to banish that result from their memories too.

Three games are coming up next week at home which present three very different opportunities for this side to make a statement.

How many can they manage?