At bwin.com the odds boffins clearly anticipate a backlash of epic proportions in the wake of Arsenal’s sobering Champions League capitulation against Monaco.
Arsene Wenger’s men are just 57/100 to beat Everton at the Emirates, with the Toffees a hefty 5/1 for the win.
However a couple of major trends suggest the 16/5-rated draw rates a far more likely outcome – read on for the rationale
Roberto Martinez’s side have been just once in their last ten games.
Everton may be part of the relegation discussion but their form is vastly improved since their seven-losses-in-eight December nadir.
Chelsea are the only side to have bested them since New Year’s Day and the league leaders required a 90th-minute deflection to cave in the Merseysiders’ stubborn resistance.
Yet, while the Toffees have pulled out their nosedive they’ve won just three times during that sequence, drawing all six of the remainder.
Arsenal have beaten Everton in one of their last six attempts.
The Gunners have found their Sunday visitors nigh-on impossible to topple over the last three seasons, with a 4-1 FA Cup victory on home turf the outlier.
Four of the other five clashes have ended with honours even.
However the Toffees could, and perhaps should, have won both of the last two, letting a two-goal lead slip late on to miss out on consecutive home wins over their rivals.
Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith have been among Arsenal’s chief tormentors in recent editions, both scoring twice in their last three games against the Emirates side.
The pair are 5/2 and 7/2 to score at any time respectively.
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