Premier League champions Manchester City will play host to the team that ran them so close in last season's title race on Monday as Liverpool make their way to the Etihad Stadium.
Both teams opened their accounts with victory in Week 1 of the 2014-15 campaign, but English giants will clash once again in the hopes of taking an early advantage in the hunt for this year's crown.
Heading into the Monday evening encounter, we provide the information you need to ensure not a second is missed of what promises to be a matchup of league-altering proportions, along with profile of which stars to keep an eye on.
Date: Monday, August 25
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK), NBCSN (US)
Key Players To Watch
Manchester City: Vincent Kompany
There's seldom a game that Manchester City play where captain Vincent Kompany isn't counted among the club's most critical performers, and for all their attacking splendour, his consistency has kept the team together on numerous occasions.
Jamie Jackson of The Guardian has confirmed that new signing Eliaquim Mangala will not be ready to make his Premier League debut against the Reds, keeping the focus on Kompany as City's central blockade:
Mangala not fit enough yet to be available for #mcfc according to Pellegrini...— jamie jackson (@JamieJackson___) August 22, 2014
Coming up against the Belgian on Monday will be the attack that scored just one goal less than City last season, and even with the loss of Luis Suarez, Brendan Rodgers' men remain a potent force coming forward.
Daniel Sturridge will jostle with Kompany and Martin Demichelis to gain an edge in attacking territory, and Manuel Pellegrini's leader will need to be on his toes to repel one of the Premier League's most in-form scorers.
Liverpool: Alberto Moreno
Having joined from Sevilla last week, Alberto Moreno is one signing the Liverpool legions will be anxious to see in action, the supposed solution the left-back hole they've been looking to fill for so long.
With faith in Jose Enrique supposedly having waned, Moreno brings a new threat to the defensive role, and This Is Anfield quoted Rodgers in saying the youngster will be fit to debut against the Citizens:
And what an introduction it will be for the Spaniard if Moreno is to get his chance at the Etihad, with the figures of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Yaya Toure and others all promising to bear down on him.
Defensive nuance may not be argued as being Moreno's strongest suit, but that's what will be tested more than anything, sealing up his own shores before daring to risk exploitation through forward probing of his own.