Everton welcome Sunderland on Saturday – a team who haven’t won a Barclays Premier League game at Goodison Park since 1996.
David Moyes’ men are therefore clear 1/2 favourites in Paddy Power’s online betting, with Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats 6/1 and the draw priced up at 3/1.
Everton have made a solid start to the season and currently lie fourth in the Premier League table. The Blues will, however, be going all out for the win after a run of four successive stalemates.
The omens are good as the Toffees have won their last five home league outings against Sunderland, scoring 18 goals and conceding just one (during an unforgettable 7-1 rout in November 2007).
Moyes’ side also ran out convincing 4-0 winners in the corresponding fixture last April with Magaye Gueye, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe all finding the net in a second-half goalfest.
And Paddy Power are offering 19/1 that the Blues can run up an identical scoreline at Fortress Goodison on Saturday.
Everton haven’t failed to score in any Barclays Premier League game since the season started and are 4/9 to score first in Paddy Power’s ‘team to score first’ market.
While all the goals in last year’s game came after the break, the trend in the Blues’ previous five wins was for an early goal – with the opening strike coming between the eighth and 12th minutes.
Everton are 8/13 favourites with Paddy Power to score in the first half in the ‘time of the first team goal’ market, while they are 7/2 to score either between the first and the 10th minute or between the 11th and 20th minute.
If you fancy a home win and a total of four goals to be scored in the game, you can get that at 23/10 with the online firm, while the Toffees to score exactly three goals is 4/1 in the ‘number of team goals’ market.
Paddy Power make it 13/10 that Moyes’ men triumph to nil and a very alluring 11/4 that they will win both halves of what promises to be a thrilling Saturday afternoon encounter.
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