Given recent events, both Liverpool and Everton could do with the galvanisation that three Premier League points typically brings about, though the pair face difficult fixtures this weekend.
The Toffees entertain champions Manchester City, while their Red counterparts travel to Sunderland.
It’s 91/100 that Brendan Rodgers’ men reign supreme on Wearside and there’s a monster 3/1 about the Blues toppling the on-song Citizens, though combine the duo in a Mersey double to profit at a rate greater than 13/2.
The task the pair face to prevail may be a sizeable one, but it’s far from impossible, making this punt one well worth indulging.
Everton’s oft-hyped ‘great record’ against Manchester City has taken something of a tarnishing since Roberto Martinez took over at Goodison Park; the club have lost each renewal in which the Spaniard has had control of the Everton reigns.
However, their recent foul form – they’ve lost four top-tier outings on the spin – and enormous underdog status echoes sentiments of when Martinez masterminded Wigan’s unlikeliest of unlikely FA Cup final wins over the Citizens in 2012/13.
Last term, City were the only Premier League fat cat to return victorious from a Goodison sojourn too, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal amongst those vanquished.
Prior to losing last season’s dust up on home turf, Everton had won four straight base camp battles with Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who will be without several key men this time around owing to injury and the African Cup of Nations.
Clearly, victory isn’t entirely beyond their capabilities here.
So, over to Liverpool.
They’ve won three straight away matches (albeit against Bournemouth, Burnley and AFC Wimbledon) and will be confident of besting a foe who have triumphed in just one league game all season at the Stadium of Light.
This north east venue represents something of a favoured point-spearing haunt for the Reds, who have won on five of their last seven visits and are poised to grind another victory out against Gus Poyet’s side.