Given the wealth of attacking talent that will be on show, there is any number of first goalscorer options ahead of Arsenal versus Liverpool.
However, for those in the business of winning bets, steering clear of the array of top-drawer final third operatives in favour of one defender is the smoothest way to play here.
Martin Skrtel is the man to back in the net-bulging stakes, available to break the deadlock at an enormous 33/1.
For those who want to maximise their potential to profit, 21/2 says he fires at any time, while it’s 28/1 he bags at any time as part of a Liverpool win.
All three are worthwhile wagers given the spate of goals from defenders in recent renewals between these two.
The last three Premier League duels between the north London and Merseyside outfits have seen five scored via the boot/head of those whose primary responsibility is to man the rearguard.
Skrtel himself has three of these, scoring first or last on two instances.
Right-backs Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy are the other defenders to have registered, though it won’t be this pair or any of their Arsenal teammates on the scoresheet in the next installment.
The season may only be two games old as far as the Gunners are concerned, but they’ve already leaked one goal to Crystal Palace stopper Joel Ward, while their vulnerability at set-pieces was exploited by Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham on the opening day.
These factors combine to spell a Skrtel goal at the Emirates, with each of his previous three against this foe coming from corners.
The Slovakian is the Reds’ most potent threat from set plays and has proved himself capable of dominating the same Arsenal defenders in their own penalty box, all of whom will be present and correct when the duo next lock horns.