In falling to Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals Southampton extended their losing streak in all competitions to a miserable five matches.
Even Morgan Schneiderlin’s return to the fold after missing three and a half of the preceding four defeats was not enough to stop the rot at Bramall Lane.
With this in mind the 3/10 about the Saints gaining at least a draw when Everton visit St Mary’s next time out looks plenty short enough.
The bwin layers have priced up the game in which Ronald Koeman’s men next break their losing habit and the impending Toffees visit is the favourite.
However, given a virtually full-strength side (with the exception of Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic) played in the defeat to a youth-infused Blades outfit in Yorkshire, it could pay to look further into the future for Southampton respite.
Everton arrive with confidence boosted after seeing off QPR 3-1 on Monday night and they will also benefit from two days extra rest ahead of the tussle.
Meanwhile Koeman will be denied the services of both Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama through suspension leaving, his deep-midfield options decimated.
The Eagles have won just once in their last five outings at Selhurst Park and lost to Southampton home and away last term.
If Palace cannot be tapped for points then it may well be worth investing in the 50/1 about the Saints to still be awaiting the end of their losing streak come the close of play in their January 1, 2015 clash with Arsenal.
In between the Gunners’ visit and the Palace clash Koeman’s men must contend with a Chelsea foray to the south coast, where the Blues have recorded 3-0 and 5-1 wins across their last five visits.