After watching his side dismantle Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg 4-1 at home in their first Europa League Group H fixture of 2014/15, Everton boss Roberto Martinez would probably take an 11/5 draw against FC Krasnodar right now if it meant avoiding a midweek trip across the continent.
As it is, the Toffees are slight outsiders to leave Russia with all the points at 37/20, while the hosts, who have won all three of their home Europa League matches so far this season, are 29/20.
There’s no getting away from that 11/5 about honours even though, especially considering the pattern of Everton’s form since the start of this campaign.
Six of Everton’s eight 2014/15 fixtures have been part of a pair of results thrown up successively.
The Merseyside Blues’ opening day 2-2 draw at Leicester was followed by another point gained, by the same scoreline, when hosting Arsenal.
Martinez’s men lost to Chelsea next time out, before winning their first match of the campaign, away to West Brom in the Premier League, immediately prior to their second at home to Wolfsburg.
A Goodison Park top-flight loss against Crystal Palace followed, with another defeat coming in Everton’s next fixture in the Capital One Cup at Swansea.
If this trend is still alive then the Toffees are stuck on for the draw at Kuban Stadium, after Phil Jagielka’s thunderbolt at the death secured his side a point in the Merseyside derby last time out at Anfield.
Furthermore, Everton under Martinez clearly love a draw in the early rounds of the season; they clocked up seven ties in their first 14 all-competition matches in the Spaniard’s only other season in charge.
They’ll repeat that 1:1 ratio with another point-sharer near the shores of the Black Sea, so get on the draw at 11/5 against Krasnodar while the going’s good.