A shock slaying at the hands of Crystal Palace has seen Everton lose their footing in the betting to finish fourth or higher, slipping out to 8/1 to qualify for next term’s Champions League.
Unsuspecting punters will have scoffed at the aforementioned loss, ‘I told you,’ you’ll have heard them gloat at the weekend, ‘there’s no way the Toffees could crash the top-four party.’
But those in the know will have ignored their premature coin-counting and looked at the results from the previous weekend to realise that RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to wade in on Roberto Martinez’s men booking a seat at Europe’s top table.
Unforeseen, comedic scorelines such as Manchester United’s 5-3 loss at Leicester, Liverpool’s 3-1 reverse at West Ham and West Brom’s 1-0 toppling of Tottenham at White Hart Lane, means the Merseysiders remain squarely in the picture.
Despite loitering in 14th following a distinctly unimpressive start, just four points divide Everton from current fourth-place incumbents Arsenal.
A first home league win of the season continues to elude them, so the Goodison Park-dwellers will be relieved to see that their next two fixtures are away, even if they are against Liverpool and Man Utd.
Both sit alongside the Blues in the waiting room at the out-of-sorts clinic and present a genuine prospect of points for the travelling Toffees.
Further hope is offered in the knowledge that everything is far from rosy for the frontrunners in the top-four race.
Liverpool are imprisoned in a post-Luis Suarez purgatory, both Spurs and Man Utd are struggling to acclimatise to the complex tactical musings of their new managers, while Arsenal are one more injury away from asking Mikel Arteta to fill in at centre-half.
All four can be backed at shorter prices than Everton in this particular market, yet they look just as vulnerable in the season’s early exchanges.