Defeat for Everton at home to Aston Villa next could see the Toffees plunged into the unthinkable depths of the relegation zone after eight games played.
With no home wins to their name so far, the value in the 31/50 about Roberto Martinez’s men prevailing can be justly questioned.
While the relatively impressive start the Villans have made to proceedings renders their 9/2 for a first win at Goodison Park since 2008 a far cry from the worst match bet in the Premier League this weekend.
But the absence of dynamic midfielder Fabian Delph for the visitors has hamstrung their hopes of victory, simultaneously heaping favour on the Merseysiders.
The Bradford-born box-to-boxer has been omitted for the Aston Villa team just once so far this season.
It was for their Capital One Cup ‘gimmie’ against League One’s Leyton Orient, which ultimately went the way of the east Londoners.
So Villa’s form for this season without Delph reads played one, lost one and the situation only worsens when taking last term’s exploits into consideration.
The freshly-minted England international sat out six matches in 2013/14.
Of these, Paul Lambert’s men were victorious just once.
Both Manchester United and Fulham got the better of them; two sides of contrasting abilities and statures but were in equal need of morale-boosters when they travelled to Villa Park.
They also dropped points against fellow relegation battlers Wests Brom and Ham without the all-action Yorkshireman.
Delph wasn’t picked for Villa’s two meetings with Everton in the 2012/13 vintage either.
With the 24-year-old on ice the Toffees prospered, supplementing a 3-1 victory in the Midlands with a 3-3 draw back at base camp.
The shoulder injury that will keep him out this time suggests there’ll be dire ramifications for the travelling party here, who are trying to swerve a fourth-straight loss at Goodison.