Everton carry 29/20 favouritism into their Europa League Round of 32 first-leg collision with Young Boys, but it’s a mantle they seem ill-equipped to justify.
The hosts are priced up at 7/4 for victory that looks well worthy of further inspection given their hosts’ strength at Wankdorf and the Toffees’ recent travelling and injury travails, while the draw is 23/10.
For the more pragmatic punter, taking the 11/20 on the Swiss side avoiding defeat looks the way to play here.
Uli Forte’s side have won their last seven Europa League home games dating back to Liverpool’s visit in the group stages of the 2012/13 tournament.
It’s not as if those successes were exclusively gleaned from footballing Lilliputians either, with Udinese, Napoli and Sparta Prague among the fallen.
The latter two were put away to nil during a three-match European streak of such results that is 15/4 to continue at Everton’s expense in Berne.
Forte’s side can really get their teeth into an opponent at their snigger-inducingly monikered redoubt if given the chance, having notched three times or more in six of their last 12 home games.
There can be little confidence that Everton will avoid their jaws at present with the Swiss’ plastic pitch sure to play a part regardless of Roberto Martinez’s studious preparation.
His road ledger doesn’t make pleasant reading right now, with defeats in six of the Merseysiders’ last eight away matches.
Martinez is further hamstrung by the fact that he travelled to Berne without Leighton Baines, provider of eight Premier League assists this term (none of his teammates have setup more than two strikes).
That comes amidst a more general form trough that has seen them win twice in 16 games across all competitions.
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