The cheers of the Holte End were still audible as Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor poured ice cold water on their victory over Hull by referencing the club’s torrid run of fixtures on the other side of the international break.
It’s fair to say that disaster would be the only recipe on the mind of most Ready, Steady, Cook chefs were Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton emptied out onto the kitchen table.
Nonetheless, there’s reason to suspect that the 6/5 about Paul Lambert leading his charges to over 3.5 points across the potentially punishing quintet is actually a very fair price.
Villa are undefeated at Anfield in three visits.
Trips to Liverpool have been have generally been rewarding ones for wayfaring Villans in recent years, with just two beatings incurred on the red side of the Mersey across the last seven seasons.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea were KO’d in league action last term.
Villa were certainly in no better nick than they are now when putting three past the first two named within the opening six games of 2013/14.
Meanwhile, the Stamford Bridge club were downed without the aid of Christian Benteke.
Everton will have played three more games than Villa by the time the sides meet.
The Toffees will be well into the swing of their Europa League campaign when they bring the curtain down on Villa’s five games of mortal peril.
Their continued participation in the Capital One Cup will further ensure the Villans’ are the fresher legs.
Altogether lighter of limb, Lambert’s side will also be able to apply their counter-attacking inclinations to an Everton rearguard that has shipped ten goals in their first three league games this term.
Punters more pessimistic of the claret and blue club’s ability to harvest four points or more from pastures that yielded precisely that number from the corresponding fixtures last term can avail themselves of the 3/5 about a haul of less than 3.5.