Another instalment of the friendly derby is upon us as Liverpool host Everton and the latest renewal promises little let-up in the fixture’s recent goal glut.
Three of the last four face-offs between the clubs have leapt the 3.5 goals bar and this one should go the same way at odds of 7/5.
Everton’s unexpected defensive dissolution this term is likely to play a major part in rewarding backers, with a Premier League high 13 strikes shipped so far.
Not that being ostensibly more resolute last term did the Toffees any favours.
After all, they were given the kind of sound thrashing reserved for only the naughtiest of schoolboys in the days of corporal punishment last time they ventured to Anfield.
They’d previously allowed Liverpool three goals at Goodsion Park for good measure.
Luis Suarez may no longer be around, but he was responsible for a moderate two of the seven goals Brendan Rodgers’ men inflicted upon their rivals last term.
The Reds bade the force of nature farewell, but they’ve still hit the target in all bar one of their seven outings this term including at least twice in their most recent fixtures against top-tier and international foes.
Yet it’s not just the Anfield strikeforce and the visiting defence who can be trusted to put their backs into the push to four goals.
Roberto Martinez’s men have outscored every side in the Premier League bar Chelsea and will be relishing their chance to get stuck into a Red rearguard that’s lost little of the potential for calamity that undermined them in 2013/14.
Tottenham (twice) are the only side to have drawn a blank against last season’s league silver medallists since March 2013, a run of 16 games.
The Anfield club are 91/100 favourites to triumph while their guests are 16/5 for a first victory at the home of their deadliest rivals this side of the millennium.
A third draw in four meetings, meanwhile, is priced up 13/5.