Title: 5,000-1 Relegation: 15-8 Sack Race: 11-2
M Boselli (Estudiantes, £6.5m) J McArthur (Hamilton, £500,000), A Alcaraz (Bruges, undisclosed), R Stam, (FC Twente, undisc), A Al-Habsi (Bolton, loan)
total spent: £7m
T Bramble (Sunderland, £1m), T Cywka (Derby, free), M Melchiot (U Salal, free), J Koumas (Cardiff, loan).
total made: £1m
Player to watch
Hugo Rodallega. Ten goals from the Colombian striker were invaluable last season.
Er, 79 goals conceded? Ronnie Stam and Antolin Alcaraz will have to learn the ropes fast as replacement defenders. Striker Mauro Boselli is an unknown quantity.
Roberto Martinez, elegant and eloquent, weathered goal-storms at Tottenham, Chelsea and elsewhere and retains the support of his chairmanDave Whelan. For now.
Story of the summer
Replaced Titus Bramble with Paraguayan World Cup star Alcaraz, much to headlines writers’ delight. A lot promised from £6.5m arrival Boselli.
Last season 16th
Stayed true to Martinez’s principles and stayed up.
This season 18th
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