The site of a visiting strikeforce trudging off the field vanquished and goalless has become a familiar one for the Goodison faithful, with six of Everton’s last seven home league games won to nil. Roberto Martinez’s men are an enticing 17/10 to continue that impressive streak against Newcastle.
A home win by any means is 31/50, with a draw 14/5 and a victory for the Magpies 17/4.
The Toffees have conceded less than a goal per home league game for the last two seasons.
Roberto Martinez has inherited a castle built upon solid rock from predecessor David Moyes, with Everton boasting the second-best Premier League home defence in 2011/12 and the fourth-tightest last season.
A mere 15 strikes were shipped in the earlier of those two campaigns, while the total of 17 they allowed last term was arguably just as respectable given Manchester City’s none-more-miserly home rearguard conceded 15 times at the Etihad.
It’s been 636 minutes since the last visiting goal rippled the Goodison onion bag.
Hal Robson-Kanu’s 84th minute consolation strike in Reading’s 3-1 defeat in early March is the last league goal scored by a visiting team, with seven games having elapsed since then.
Even when they were breached last season it was seldom an avalanche of goals, with only four visiting teams grabbing more than one in the league since the beginning of 2012/13.
Newcastle have failed to score in 10 of their last 31 away matches in all competitions.
They may have managed to register twice in a ding-dong battle on their last trip to Goodison, but in general Alan Pardew’s side have been eminently stoppable on the road over this season and the previous one.
Demba Ba bagged both goals to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat for the Toon that evening and his former club’s away goals tally has suffered since his departure.
After the Senegalese swapped scoring goals for Newcastle for the Chelsea bench in January the Tyneside club have been denied a goal in seven of their 13 road games.