Given that the last seven clashes between this pair have witnessed no more than two goals scored, 3/4 may actually be quite a generous price that under 2.5 goals are netted again as Stoke prepare to travel to Everton.
Stoke’s recent record on the road is woeful to say the least as they have lost five on the bounce in the Premier League away from the Britannia and they have only claimed maximum points once on the road all season, at West Brom in early December.
Therefore, it is hard to get overly excited about Stoke’s price of 5/1 to win this one, especially as their only triumph in 11 top-flight outings came at home to Reading.
Meanwhile, Everton have only lost one of their last 17 at home in the last 12 months.
However, on the whole, Stoke’s away games do not breed goals, as nine of their last 13 on their travels have yielded no more than two strikes.
Another fact that lends weight to under 2.5 goals here is that no team has failed to score in more Premier League fixtures this season than Tony Pulis’ men, while Everton could theoretically be starved of creativity with both Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini suspended.
Everton are 8/15 to beat Stoke, but it is worth noting that they have already failed to beat Aston Villa, Norwich and Swansea at home this season, which are games that they were favourites to claim three points in.
This pair have already secured 25 draws between them this season, including in the reverse fixture, and of the match betting options, 3/1 may be the best price that the points are shared again.
Punters may also be interested in the fact that the away team has led at the break in the last three meetings between Everton and Stoke and another repeat of this circumstance is available at 12/5.
However, if Everton’s Nikica Jelavic scores first or last, all losing first scorer bets will be refunded as a free bet.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date