The Premier League’s first heavyweight clash of the season pairs the division’s two most exciting sides from last year together as runners-up Liverpool head to champions Manchester City.
The Citizens are 5/6 to win on home soil, with Brendan Rodgers’ priced at 16/5 to pick up three points and the draw 29/10.
The result might be hard to call, but with both sides smashing over a century of league goals last year it’s easier to predict a barrel-load of goals. Here’s three men likely to ripple the net.
Daniel Sturridge to score the first goal @ 6/1
The England international rarely goes in for the massive goal hauls that characterised Luis Suarez’s final season at Liverpool, but is a ridiculous reliable punt to score at least once.
Sturridge found the net in 19 of his 29 league outings last term, and started the year with a goal in each of the Reds’ first four games, three of which were openers.
The 24-year-old missed the trip to the Etihad last season, but scored in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw there in 2012/13.
Rodgers’ side took the lead in both matches between these two sides last term and will hope Sturridge can provide a similarly fast start for them again.
Sergio Aguero to score at any time @ 7/5
The Argentine is still not fully fit but showed in City’s 2-0 win at Newcastle United that he can prove deadly even in brief stints from the bench.
Manuel Pellegrini will surely risk Aguero from the off in such an important match, and when the 26-year-old does start, he is always a fine bet to find the net.
The Argentine netted 17 goals in 23 games last season, netting an average of 0.99 goals-per-90 minutes, the best ratio of any player in the league to play at least 10 matches.
Philippe Coutinho to score at any time @ 11/4
The Brazilian playmaker is not known for his prolificacy, but proved a thorn in the side for the Premier League champions last year, scoring in both games he played against City.
Coutinho drew first blood in the pair’s encounter at the Etihad, before capitalising on Vincent Kompany’s poor clearance to notch a dramatic winner in the Reds’ 3-2 victory at Anfield.