David Moyes has cooled expectations over their final league standing and believes a top-10 finish would still represent a 'great' outcome for his side.
Everton have finished between eighth and fifth in each of the last five seasons and look set to continue this fine run with another strong finish this term.
Moyes' men have lost just twice in 13 games and despite suffering a narrow 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool they sit one point above them in the league.
Despite the Toffees fans' desire to finish above their Merseyside rivals, the Scot has stressed his belief that securing any spot in the top half would be a job well done.
"You can look back, and I've said if Everton finish in the top 10 I think it will be a great position for the season how it has been," Moyes said.
"It shows you where expectations have gone to at Everton. We are expecting cup finals and finishing around seventh regularly."
Everton have kept to a tight budget this season and Moyes does not want this modest approach to be confused with apathy among the expectant Everton fans.
"It is good - it is my job to raise expectations and that has certainly happened," he said.
"That is because over the last few years we have finished sixth, seventh, eighth or around there, but there has been a lot of money spent by clubs trying to overtake us.
"I have said many times this season the Fulhams, the Sunderlands, the Stokes have all spent pretty well to try to do that.
"We hadn't spent to overtake the teams above us - the likes of Liverpool or Tottenham - so we were always going to be the team to possibly drop down."