A rare Sunderland win against Southampton last week gave the Black Cats a fighting chance in an especially confusing scrap for survival, where those embroiled in the skirmish seem to change on a weekly basis.
After their 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light they’ll be suitably buoyed ahead of their coming Goodison Park sojourn, though the chances of their optimism remaining over-inflated come full time are negligible at best.
Everton haven’t lost at home since Boxing Day, winning each of their last six across all competitions.
Such figures alone warrant a wager on their 4/5 for victory, which simultaneously renders Sunderland’s 15/4 for success far too short.
There’s 13/5 to be had on the draw for the stalemate lovers out there, but for those prepared to delve a little deeper into the betting, there’s a punt that trumps the lot.
The bet in question is the 17/10 about an Everton win to nil, which returns £51 of risk-free profit for those who invest their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com in the outcome.
It looks a great punt when it’s considered that, as part of the Toffees’ imperious streak on the homestead, they’ve shut the previous four visitors out, the latest result being a 3-0 shellacking of Manchester United.
Looking at Premier League games alone, Roberto Martinez’s men have kept six clean sheets in seven.
These stellar defensive statistics should see them fare well against a team that only Burnley have managed to score fewer than this season.
The Black Cats are one of three teams whose haul for the campaign is below the 30 mark.
On the road, they have the joint-lowest tally in the division, while they’ve drawn three and lost four of their seven away games since the turn of the year.
Four of the previous six renewals contested on Merseyside have ended with this win to nil bet copping and these figures are sure to be enhanced here.