Six Premier League games without a win and sweating on the fitness of five senior players, Everton could be forgiven for looking to their Merseyside derby clash against Liverpool with a fair degree of trepidation.
However, so, given his past record in the Revierderby, played out between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, should Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
Also known as ‘the mother of all derbies’, the Ruhr-region rumble is the biggest rivalry in the Bundesliga bar none.
During his seven-year spell at Signal Iduna Park, the Liverpool boss contested 15 editions, claiming the bragging rights on a moderate five occasions, despite finishing above Schalke in all but two of those campaigns.
Klopp failed to win any of his first four Revierderbies in charge of Die Scwarzgelben and tasted victory just once in the initial seven skirmishes.
Liverpool are 3/5 favourites for victory at Anfield, having won their last three outings and scored four times in each of their past two home games.
Yet, they’ve failed to prevail against 17/4 underdogs Everton in six of the last seven ‘friendly derbies’ dating back to 2012.
Each time, draw bettors have collected the match-betting readies, making the 13/4 about a repeat dose an appealing proposition.
Combined with Klopp’s history of meagre Dortmund v Schalke profits, the Toffees’ recent derby durability suggests they can get something out of the game.
Their road record this season agrees.
Only title tusslers Leicester and Tottenham can match them for the Premier-League-low two losses they’ve recorded on the highways and byways.
Unfortunately for Martinez, any hopes of stock-boosting success remain fanciful, as just six sides have won fewer times without the help of partisan crowd.
The Toffees have shared the spoils in nine of their 16 away games this season, more than any other side in the top flight, further bolstering the likelihood of the 14/3-rated stalemate.