The 2015/16 Premier League season has the potential to be the best yet and is certainly one of the most eagerly awaited campaigns of the modern era.
It won't be long before the drama starts to unfold for real at both ends of the table, but in the meantime here's a predictive look at how the final table might look come next May ...
20. Norwich City
Norwich manager Alex Neil certainly did a brilliant job to get the Canaries promoted last season as it wasn't on the cards until he got the job in January. The 34-year-old Scot is the youngest manager in the top flight and what he lacks in experience he makes up for with a surprising level of tactical intelligence.
However, Norwich have really failed to strengthen over the summer where other teams have and that is likely to prove costly.
Key Player: Bradley Johnson
19. AFC Bournemouth
Not a single person wants to see Bournemouth make an immediate return to the Championship. They set the second tier alight last season with marvellous attacking play and have a really likeable manager in Eddie Howe.
Unfortunately, even with a number of summer signings, the task just seems too great for them. The Cherries could surprise a few teams, but in the end relegation seems like an unavoidable certainty.
Key Player: Matt Ritchie
18. Aston Villa
There's no getting away from the fact that 2015/16 will be a long, hard season for Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa. The club has been busy over the summer, but a lot of inexperienced talent and relative unknowns have arrived when they really needed a number of proven battlers.
Villa fans will pray that things fall nicely into place as happened at Southampton 12 months ago, although they could easily find themselves relegated for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Key Player: Micah Richards
17. Leicester City
Had Leicester not been through a summer of upheaval, there was every chance they could have really pushed on and finished comfortably in mid-table. Nigel Pearson seemed to have discovered the formula, but now Claudio Ranieri will have to start from scratch.
It seemed an odd appointment and chances are the veteran Italian might not even make it through the season. However, the Foxes should still have just enough quality to stay up regardless.
Key Player: Kasper Schmeichel
In 2015/16, Watford will be desperate to achieve something they never have done in the Premier League era and survive for more than a single season. Having failed twice before (1999/00 and 2006/07), this could finally be their time to shine.
The Hornets have a new manager in Quique Sanchez Flores and have bought well in the transfer market, adding plenty of experience to an already hungry squad.
Key Player: Troy Deeney
Sunderland looked destined for the drop until Dick Advocaat steadied the ship at the Stadium of Light last season. The veteran Dutchman guided the club away from danger, but things will still be tough on Wearside over the coming months.
Most of the Black Cats' problems remain and their transfer business hasn't exactly been mind blowing - the most recent acquisition, Yann M'Vila, is rather a loose cannon. Nevertheless, relegation should still be avoidable.
Key Player: Jermain Defoe
14. West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis teams don't get relegated - it's a fact. That alone should tell you that West Brom will be safe this season. The club has bought sparingly, but James Chester and Rickie Lambert appear to be good additions, while Saido Berahino remains.
Pulis' Baggies will be well organised and difficult to play against, but they perhaps just lack the overall quality to make a return to the top half of the table just yet.
Key Player: Chris Brunt
13. West Ham United
West Ham are shooting for the stars in 2015/16 and are setting themselves up for a big fall. The owners have been making plenty of noise and big money has been spent, but Carl Jenkinson aside, all of the new arrivals are gambles.
Slaven Bilic is is also untested in English management and their step into the Europa League is already proving difficult to manage - the one upside is that the Hammers might not last much longer in the competition.
Key Player: Winston Reid
12. Newcastle United
Newcastle avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth in May, but things should be much different this season. The board moved early to appoint Steve McClaren and while they haven't gone crazy in the transfer market, they have made some good and considered signings.
Even last season, the Magpies already had the makings of a good squad and fans should now see a drastic improvement, although cracking the top half still seems like a step too far just yet.
Key Player: Moussa Sissoko
11. Crystal Palace
Nobody expected Crystal Palace to beat relegation in either of the last two seasons, but they managed to finish 11th in 2013/14 and then 10th in 2014/15. Alan Pardew has assembled a really good squad at Selhurst Park, so another mid-table finish won't be a surprise this time around.
Scott Dann and Yannick Bolasie are set to remain, while Yohan Cabaye has added great quality to midfield, with Patrick Bamford providing youthful energy up front.
Key Player: Yohan Cabaye
10. Stoke City
Stoke have managed 9th place finishes in each of the last two seasons under Mark Hughes and will be desperate to go one better after a busy summer in the Staffordshire Potteries. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has left, but Jack Butland is ready to step into the void, while Bojan Krkic and Peter Odemwingie will be available after long-term injuries.
Unfortunately, Ryan Shawcross will be out until at least mid-October which is a huge loss for the opening eight to ten games.
Key Player: Charlie Adam
Having lost Nathaniel Cyne and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, the big question surrounding Southampton is can they beat the odds for a second year in a row?
The answer this time is probably not quite. Their excellent 7th place finish last season means European football is now on the agenda as well. It will serve as a distraction, but the Saints should still have just enough to hold their place in the top half.
Key Player: Jose Fonte
8. Swansea City
Garry Monk's Swansea had a monumental season in 2014/15, managing their highest ever Premier League finish, as well as amassing a club record points total. The core of that team is still very much intact, while Andre Ayew looks to be a very shrewd summer signing.
French defender Franck Tabanou is another good buy, while Eder should be an improvement on departed fellow Portuguese international Nelson Oliveira up front.
Key Player: Ki Sung-yueng
Having come close to qualifying for the Champions League in Roberto Martinez's first season in charge, Everton suffered a real decline in the Spanaird's second. This time around there are no European distractions, which should be enough to push the Toffees back into the top half.
Romelu Lukaku looks as though he could be coming back to top form again and the input from the powerhouse Belgian will be key.
Key Player: Romelu Lukaku
6. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham still managed to finish in 5th place last season despite a campaign plagued by inconsistent displays. They were often saved by moments of individual brilliance from the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane and have failed to strengthen in an attacking sense .
That being said, it's another year under Mauricio Pochettino and the defence should in theory be much less porous than it was in 2014/15, which will go a long way to keeping them competitive.
Key Player: Harry Kane
Liverpool have certainly been one of the busier clubs in the transfer market this summer, but it still won't be enough to propel them back into the top four. James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne are good additions, but not players to build a team around, while Roberto Firmino is something of a gamble.
For the first time in more than 15 years, the Reds won't have the influence of Steven Gerrard either, which seems to have been forgotten about.
Key Player: Jordan Henderson
4. Manchester City
Manchester City are the weak link in the top four at the moment. The arrivals of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph have done little to fix the problems they endured in 2014/15 and they will still be relying too heavily on the likes of Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.
Sergio Aguero has the potential to pull them out of holes all by himself, but whether he can finally stay fit for a whole season remains doubtful.
Key Player: Vincent Kompany
A lot of people, perhaps somewhat naively, think this could finally be Arsenal's year. They have one of the best attacking units in all of Europe and have finally found a world class goalkeeper. However, many of their problems remain the same.
Francis Coquelin was a good find, but the centre of midfield still looks delicate, while Cech's presence alone won't suddenly make an average at best back-four impenetrable.
Key Player: Petr Cech
Chelsea were better than everyone for the first half of last season, but there was a definite feeling they limped over the line in March, April and May. Crucially, the Blues haven't strengthened this summer, adding only a back-up goalkeeper and flop striker to their first-team squad and have allowed the challengers to catch up.
Their existing quality should be enough to keep them in the mix, but retaining the title will certainly be a big struggle.
Key Player: Eden Hazard
1. Manchester United
Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are not settling for anything other than a return to to the top this season. In Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin they have made four very good signings and arguably now have the deepest and best overall squad.
The defence isn't the problem everyone thinks it to be, while Wayne Rooney has proven in the past he is capable of scoring 30+ goals when playing as an out and out centre-forward.
Key Player: Wayne Rooney
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