Keenan and Kel, Cameron and Clegg, Julian Faubert and Real Madrid…Sometimes twosomes that couldn’t be more different come together to rub along famously.
Everton’s Goodison Park tussle with West Brom represents just such an entente.
Roberto Martinez and Tony Pulis may occupy opposite ends of football’s philosophical spectrum but hasn’t stopped them working in a mutually-beneficial fashion ever since the latter arrived in the top flight in 2009/10.
The Spaniard’s occasionally-naïve possession purism and his opposite number’s hi-octane pragmatism have cancelled each other out in six of their nine Premier League meetings to date.
Five of those six deadlocks ended 2-2 at the final whistle and with both sides coming into the clash off the back of score draws 14/1 is a fair price the pair’s staple score line will strike again.
When Wigan and Stoke were their respective playthings Martinez held a slender advantage, winning the two of their eight meetings that weren’t drawn between 2009/10 and 2012/13.
Last term Pulis finally got one over on the Yang to his Yin when Palace triumphed 3-2 on Merseyside in their sole clash with Everton under his stewardship.
However, the closeness of that result only seems to reinforce the suggestion that more often than not M+P = 2-2.
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Meanwhile, on the match-betting front, Everton are 83/100 favourites to dispose of the Baggies for maximum points despite winning once in their last 12 games.
West Brom are 18/5 for what would be just their third away win of the campaign.
However, given their managers’ head-to-head ledger, the draw looks the one to be on at 13/5, with the hosts having drawn their last three outings in all competitions.