Ever the dramatist, the Premier League brings Liverpool to the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke hammered them 6-1 on the last day of 2014/15, for their first outing of the new campaign.
Revenge will be foremost in the minds of the travelling fans, but the guests look immensely flattered by 13/10 favouritism, given they have won twice in their last eight trips to the Potteries.
True they have bolstered their midfield and attack significantly since their most recent visit, but, given such an influx it would be remiss to expect the side to function in perfect harmony in what will be their first competitive game of life without Steven Gerrard.
Having ransacked them here last term, Stoke look far more alluring at 11/5, while the draw is a 12/5 shot.
Yet the Potters too have undergone something of a squad overhaul this summer, bringing in eight new faces (one more even than Liverpool), many of whom are attackers.
As a result they too may struggle to muster the same level of coherence as seen last time the sides met.
Having won just two of their six pre-season friendlies (against a Singapore XI and Wrexham) there is little evidence to the contrary thus far.
In addition to the disruption caused by the new arrivals, the spine of their XI will be much changed from the one which destroyed Brendan Rodgers’ men in May.
Centre-half Ryan Shawcross is injured, while both goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and midfielder Steven Nzonzi have departed for pastures more glamourous.
Two sides combining a surfeit of attacking talent with a deficit of long-term experience of playing together sounds like a recipe for goals and plenty of them, something this fixture has become known for in recent campaigns.
Ending 6-1, 3-5 and 3-1 in the last three seasons, Stoke v Liverpool has been an overs backer’s dream, yet somehow the prices about another bonanza remain appetising.
More than 2.5 strikes in the contest is a juicy 19/20 wager for the pragmatists, while over 3.5 goals is 23/10.
The over 4.5 bet that has copped in the past two renewals, meanwhile, is a very healthy 21/4.