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Another reason why Everton are the greatest football team in the land

And if you know your history.....

Jan Kruger

As a small army of Evertonians prepare to cross the Channel and invade northern France ahead of Thursday's Europa League match against Lille, here is another reason why Everton are great.

When Daley Blind secured Man Utd an unlikely point against West Brom on Monday it was the 140,000th goal in the English top flight (apparently, I haven't counted), stretching back to the inaugural game on September 8 1888.

To mark the occasion Infostrada crunched the numbers and listed the top ten highest scoring teams in English top flight history.

You will be unsurprised to hear that Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all feature in the top ten, as do Manchester City.

But way ahead of all of them is Everton.

Seamus Coleman's goal against Aston Villa was Everton's 6776th strike in the English top flight. It puts them 222 goals ahead of their nearest rival which is, ironically, Aston Villa and 261 ahead of Liverpool.

It is not surprising that Everton are at the top of the list as they have played more top flight seasons that any other team, 112,  spending just four years outside the top division in their history.

Everton v Aston Villa is also the most played match in the top flight, with Saturday's game the 1000th meeting. Villa are also a mainstay in the top division with this season their 104th, explaining why they are second on the all-time goalscorers list.

North-east duo Sunderland and Newcastle as well as London side Tottenham complete the top 10 list.