Arsenal and Liverpool meet on Sunday at the Emirates with both clubs looking to lay down an early marker in the race for the top four.
The Gunners, who are 13/10 to finish in the top four, may have finished second last season following a closing run of 10 unbeaten games, but that position did little to appease their fans who continue to be split over Arsene Wenger’s philosophy and the club’s lack of transfer activity.
Their opponents have been far more active in the market and, with boss Jurgen Klopp having had time to assess his squad, the hope at Anfield is that they can get back where they believe they belong.
This season will be Wenger’s 21st in charge and, with his contract due to expire in the summer, it has been suggested this could be his final campaign in the dug-out.
After making a fast start in the market by signing feisty Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, the north Londoners have been quiet ever since and injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista have left them short in defence.
They also have a nasty habit of struggling at home on the opening weekend, winning just once in a run of four years that has seen them start their season at the Emirates, including a 2-0 defeat to West Ham 12 months ago.
Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield last October and, despite inconsistent results and defeats in two cup finals, his smile remained as bright as ever.
Throughout his career, the German has gained a reputation for slowly building his teams and it seems he is planning a similar approach in England after adding depth and quality throughout his squad this summer.
Liverpool’s lack of European football may also play into their hands, having finished second the last time they were in that situation, and they look a decent price to claim an early win at 43/20.
After a mixed pre-season, the Reds will be eyeing an early win but they have history against them, having not won at the Emirates since 2011.