After smiting eight foes on the spin, Everton stand between Manchester City and a club record-equalling ninth successive win.
A price of 73/100 says they’ll do the business, though the 11/10 about the Toffees avoiding defeat in the double-chance stakes says Roberto Martinez’s men can’t be discounted here.
And with City boasting a paltry one win from seven trips to Goodison Park, why would they be?
There are convincing cases to make for both protagonists here, but instead of focusing on the match-betting buffet, the news.bwin.com tipping taskforce have gone off piste in search of the finest alternative offerings the bookies have served up for the bout.
More goals in the first half @ 5/2
In four of the previous six skirmishes between the pair this bet would’ve landed, as it would’ve done in as many of Everton’s last half-dozen home matches.
A contributing factor to this top-heavy first-half goal-getting spate is both team’s tendency to strike before the break.
Three of the previous four in which the two protagonists have notched have followed this suit, which might tempt those to wager on it happening again at 13/5, but there’s more info concerning this particular punt to come.
Man City to score exactly one goal @ 11/5
Only once has the away team in this fixture scored on multiple occasions across the previous nine meetings, equating to eight installments where the visitor has either failed to bag or done so once.
Given the Citizens’ firepower and the form of their frontmen, it’s tough to envisage them not scoring here; they haven’t failed to do so since blanking in Barcelona back in March.
To further solidify this argument, just three times since last September have the Toffees leaked more than one at home across all competitions.
Both teams to score – No @ 23/20
This is an abnormally high price for such a punt and, given recent stats, it’s one that could easily cop.
Everton’s 2-2 opening-day draw with Watford was the first match in six at Goodison Park where both sides bulged the net.
Half of their last eight meetings with Man City have seen the bet land too and the same applies to each of the Citizens’ two games this term, as well as four of the six to close the last.