Superstitious Scousers have doubtless already begun fingering their rosaries ahead of the return to Selhurst Park, scene of Liverpool’s infamous ‘Crystanbul’ capitulation last term.
The Anfield side are 91/100 to avenge that title-chase derailing 3-3 draw as the rest of the nation sits down to their Sunday roasts, with Crystal Palace 27/10 and the draw a 13/15 wager.
One source of solace for fearful Reds will be Dwight Gayle’s return to the fringes of the Eagles’ squad under Neil Warnock.
It was Gayle’s off-the-bench brace that reduced the usually sanguine Luis Suarez to tears while simultaneously sending the Holmesdale Road Stand into raptures on that fateful night in May.
His two goals were part of a season ending flourish of four strikes in two games that had Palace fans looking forward eagerly to what their then-record signing might have to offer in his sophomore campaign in south-east London.
After all, only five players to play more than 20 times in the Premier League last season could boast as better minutes-per-goal ratio than the former Arsenal trainee.
However, the signing of Fraiser Campbell has seen him shunted back into the role of understudy under Neil Warnock with just two league starts to his name in 2014/15.
Yet not even this has dulled the scoring credentials of a man who can be backed at 11/4 to breach the Liverpool defence for the fourth time in three meetings with them.
If he is consigned to the role of super sub once more on Sunday the 8/1 about him netting last could start to look pretty interesting too.
While starts have proven hard to come by this term Gayle has still netted five times across the four occasions he made the XI to advertise the fact that his ability to torment Liverpool remains undimmed should Warnock decided to tap it.