Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Defensive performance will define Liverpool's season
The 3-3 away draw at Watford on the opening day of the season will have surprised no one that has watched Liverpool in recent years.
Often irresistible when attacking, Liverpool's defending is simply not good enough to see them compete for the Premier League title. Their defending from free kicks and corners is particularly woeful, with only Crystal Palace and Watford having conceded more goals from set-pieces since Jurgen Klopp took charge of the club.
Klopp has sought to improve his defensive options this summer, only to be frustrated in his efforts to sign Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita, but this isn't a simple case of the players not being good enough. Liverpool's problems can only really be solved on the training ground and Klopp and his staff have already had plenty of time to iron them out.
The manager's options could be swelled with the potential returns of Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge, but Adam Lallana remains injured and it looks unlikely that Philippe Coutinho will play for the club again as he hones in on a move to Barcelona.
Change of philosophy is a massive gamble for Palace
Crystal Palace also demonstrated their ongoing defensive problems in their first match against promoted Huddersfield, as they were thrashed 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
The loan of Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool under the leadership of Sam Allardyce, saw Palace rectify their defensive issues for long enough to avoid relegation last season, but an injury to the French centre-back has scuppered the chances of making that move permanent.
Allardyce has also departed the club and rather than trying to recruit a manager who broadly shares the same philosophy, they have appointed a coach that favours very different tactics in Frank de Boer. The former Ajax boss is largely working with the same set of players that Allardyce had after a quiet transfer window and faces the challenge of having to quickly get them used to his methods. It's a big gamble for a club that only just escaped from a relegation scrap.
De Boer's job will not be made easier by the amount of injuries he is already having to deal with. Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha are all doubts for the trip to Anfield, while Bakary Sako, Pape Souare and Connor Wickham are definitely out.
Liverpool can dominate Eagles
Liverpool are the 1.374/11 favourites, with the draw at 5.69/2 and Crystal Palace at 10.519/2.
Though Liverpool should win, the nature of their opening day result doesn't make their price appealing. The Half-Time/Full-Time double result is a better option at 2.0521/20. Liverpool were leading at half-time in their Champions League victory over Hoffenheim in midweek and Palace were 2-0 down at the break against Huddersfield.
Defence an issue for both sides
Under 2.5 goals is the favourite at 1.618/13, with overs at 2.486/4.
It's not often that you could describe a price that slim for unders as being good value, but that's surely the case here in a match between two teams struggling to keep clean sheets. If you're looking for a chunkier price, consider Both Teams To Score at 1.845/6.
Firmino taken to find the net again
Sturridge is the favourite at 2.111/10, which is curious considering that he's injured and that Klopp generally prefers to play Roberto Firmino as a striker.
Liverpool's penalty taker Firmino is a wiser choice at 2.26/5. He found the net from the spot in the match against Watford, as did Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, who are both available at 2.35/4.
Back Liverpool half-time/full-time against Crystal Palace at 2.0521/20
Back over 2.5 goals at 1.618/13