Any compound between the Premier League’s Merseyside factions yields goals aplenty, or so presume the expectant masses.
Just last season Liverpool and Everton served up ten in two meetings, which may well encourage punters to lump on the 7/5 about over 3.5 goals when the inter-city rivals cross swords again.
Erudite wager-makers won’t be taking a hammer to their piggy over this offering though, knowing that a better chance of profit comes via backing a goalless draw at 19/2.
Those to open a fresh account at bwin.com today are handed a £30 free bet, which could generate a gargantuan £285 profit if neither bagel is banished from the Anfield scoreboard when hostilities are renewed.
In three of the previous 12 scraps for the local spoils hosted on the red half of Stanley Park, neither side has been able to score.
It may not sound overwhelming on the surface, but the enormous price that says this will finish 0-0 is far greater than the 2/1 it should be based on the fact that one-in-three of their latest dozen of matches has ended this way.
Similarly, the slow starts both parties have endured thus far lend favour to the deadlock remaining unbroken throughout.
Liverpool and their feeble defence can’t afford another loss after being felled in successive Premier League outings against foes inferior to their next adversaries.
Knowing they’re facing a free-scoring side, it’s a distinct possibility that Brendan Rodgers will set up to offer his under-fire backline more protection against Everton’s powerhouse attack.
The talents of Romelu Lukaku and co have enabled the Toffees to notch at least twice in all of their Premier League outings, but despite this hot streak in the final third, they’ve claimed maximum points just once so far.
Such a miserly points haul will prompt Roberto Martinez to baton the hatches too.
With both sides ignoring their natural inclinations, a long-odds goalless affair rates an excellent bet in the Merseyside derby.