West Ham United face the daunting task of taking on Liverpool at Anfield in their opening game of the season this Sunday.
But for West Ham many hope – and feel – it is the opening game of a new era.
A new era under Manuel Pellegrini, the only Hammers boss in history to have a league title on his CV and a manager owners David Sullivan and David Gold have backed with what promises to be over £100 million in transfers this summer.
There is an air of optimism around the London Stadium ahead of the new campaign.
But even the most excited of Hammers fans will concede that the prospect of taking on Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League finalists – and the league’s biggest spenders – is taking the edge off the buzz somewhat.
Liverpool are expected to challenge for the title while West Ham should be looking for a top eight finish.
A point for West Ham would be as good as a win while the pressure will be on Liverpool to start well.
But what do the history books tell us about how West Ham usually fare in the season curtain-raiser?
Well there should be a definitive result either way if statistics from bookmakers.tv are anything to go by.
West Ham – with five wins and five defeats – are the only side not to pick up a single draw from their last 10 season openers.
The Hammers sit bang in the middle of the table (11th) when it comes to opening day results over the last decade.
The good news is that Liverpool (8th) have not fared any better, winning five themselves but drawing two as well.
West Ham have scored 10 goals in those games and conceded 12 while Liverpool have netted 15 and conceded 14.
On paper it promises to be a tight affair like the only other opening day meeting between the two clubs back in 2001.
That day Michael Owen struck late on to seal a 2-1 win after Paolo Di Canio’s penalty had put the Hammers on course for a point.