Crystal Palace 1.9110/11 v Aston Villa 4.94/1; The Draw 3.65
The Eagles can't really quibble with a tally of three points after two games, given that they got more than they deserved in winning at Norwich and less than they deserved in their defeat to Arsenal. Naturally, that combination of results was healthier for their league position than two draws too.
Availability-wise, Julian Speroni, Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell are all expected to miss out, though none of them played a minute in either of the opening two fixtures.
The Villans are another team that should be content with three points from the first available six due their squad upheaval this summer - five of their ten outfielders in both encounters were new - and the complication of facing Premier League debutants (Bournemouth) and title hopefuls (Manchester United).
Tim Sherwood will have the option of selecting the same side again as no new injury problems are publicised, with springtime star Jack Grealish and January signing Carles Gil also potentially back in contention. Jose Angel Crespo, Jores Okore and Gary Gardner are the only confirmed absentees.
This writer's initial inclination is that Crystal Palace are a delicious lay at 1.9210/11: they were restricted to a rather rubbish 21 points from 19 home Premier League matches last term - losing a division-high ten times - despite finishing tenth and, albeit unluckily, they started this season with another.
Aston Villa have been more effective than you might suspect on their top-flight travels under Sherwood, winning three of their most recent six, with the three failures in the sequence occurring at top-seven finishing trio Man United, Manchester City and Southampton. They also prevailed at Selhurst Park and shut Palace out home and away in 2014/15.
However - and this is a pretty huge however - there is a contradictory trend powerful enough to discourage this columnist from taking on the south Londoners: Alan Pardew's exceptional record against Villa.
He won four and drew three of his final seven clashes with them as Newcastle boss, took seven points from three meetings at West Ham and even triumphed in his sole showdown with them in Charlton's Premier League relegation campaign.
Both Teams to Score
The clubs are polar opposites in regard to this market, with Crystal Palace part of the yes crowd on weeks one and two, while Aston Villa were staunch no voters, but it is the midlanders who are more likely to impose their will in the capital.
Opposing both teams to score has proven to be a profitable stance in a massive 18 of their past 22 league road trips, so the chance to board the bandwagon at around evens feels unwise to decline.
Better still, the Eagles and Villans have shared pitch-space four times since the former's 2013 Premier League reappearance and the contests have produced just three goals in total, with no more than one registered in any individual game and only one seen in 2014/15's double header.
It is reasonable to theorise that the sides will approach this fixture with a degree of caution. Both began with one victory and one reverse, so this is the result on which their getaways will be judged successes or failures.
Palace visit champions Chelsea next week too, so a loss in this match would be quite damaging, whereas a low-score draw would at least ensure that they are averaging a point-per-outing even if they eat a beating at Stamford Bridge.
Back Both Teams to Score? No @ 2.01/1