Sunderland’s victory over Crystal Palace seemingly came at a timely juncture after successive losses, the first of which had been the catastrophic 8-0 at Southampton.
Yet there had been ample time for Gus Poyet’s troops to discharge not one, but two rounds into their own monogrammed boots before Steven Fletcher sealed the deal at Selhurst Park.
First Santiago Vergini, already a shoo-in for own goal of the season for his effort at St Mary’s, brought down Fraizer Campbell in the 18-yard box within seconds of kick-off.
Fortuitously his misdeed went unpunished, however the cruel witchdoctor in charge of Wes Brown’s voodoo likeness soon redressed the karmic balance with yet another own goal.
There will be those that fancy Sunderland at 5/2 to overcome Everton – who played in the Europa League on Thursday – at the Stadium of Light, where they’ve lost just once in five league games this term.
However, with the hosts’ continuing to serve up a smorgasbord of cock-ups, the 11/10 visitors are the more likely winners here if the 9/4 draw is to be avoided.
Roberto Martinez’s men outclassed a stubborn but limited Lille side in midweek and can prevail against foes of a similar stripe on Wearside.
The Toffees have taken a wrench to their leaky defence, keeping four clean sheets in their last five outings and giving up more than a single goal in just one of their last nine.
Having won away at Burnley after a trip to Flanders a fortnight back, there is little to suggest that the bumbling Black Cats will be able to profit from a European hangover either.
With three own goals authored by Sunderland’s Keystone Cops backline in their last three games a supplementary flutter on an OG breaking the deadlock at 25/1 might not prove the worst little side bet either.