Two teams enjoying Premier League life in the security of mid-table open the weekend’s festivities and all roads point to parity between Swansea and Everton.
Before tuning out at this news, it’s worth our bwin bredrin pausing to consider that as well as looking the most probable outcome (all will be explained shortly) the draw is also the most lucrative match bet.
Swansea are slight 6/4 favourites to win at home, Everton are 39/20 for a successful cross-border raid with the draw taking the biscuit at 23/10.
Now for that long awaited explanation. Firstly, the sides both enter the fray boasting very healthy recent form having won four of six all-competition games each.
The Swans are chasing a third consecutive league victory, while Roberto Martinez’s corner-turning Toffees have number four in their sights.
The net result is these teams could well cancel each other out, as was the case when the clubs crossed swords at Goodison Park back in November, where a rather forgettable 0-0 occurred.
More evidence than this theory alone is available for an equal division of points though.
The hypothesis gains more credence when considering Swansea – who haven’t taken league spoils off Everton in 19 previous attempts – have also failed to string together successive top-flight home wins, since November.
Everton have hardly fared better in gluing results together on the road during this topsy-turvy campaign either.
Roberto Martinez’s men are yet to chalk off consecutive league away wins so victory at QPR last time they left the homestead is no guarantee they can back it up at the Liberty Stadium.
These stats don’t necessarily mean this game’s highlights reel will end up languishing down the dull end of the Match of the Day schedule though.
Taking out the 0-0 anomaly earlier in the season, the previous four clashes have all shimmied over the 2.5 goals line, taking in a 3-0 victory for Garry Monk and co in September’s Capital One Cup clash.
Bearing such revelations in mind, the 1/1 on over 2.5 goals flying in appeals like ice-cool lemonade on a sizzling-hot day, while the 2-2 correct score at 12/1 could make it a spritzer to savour.
With four goals arriving in his last eight Premier League appearances, Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng looks the pick of the anytime scorers at handsome odds of 15/4.