Optimism abounds at Highbury, but Arsene Wenger could find this season more demanding than last. Then he was able to delay rebuilding as the old guard, liberated by his expansive philosophy, raised themselves for one last tilt at the title.
Having successfully introduced new habits he is now looking integrate new players and has bought extensively from abroad, with Marc Overmars the summer's most exciting signing. Ian Wright may be replaced soon but, with supporters still mourning Paul Merson's exit, Wenger will first allow him time to break Cliff Bastin's record.
With Bergkamp in prime form Arsenal will be entertaining to watch, which is an achievement in itself. More tangible success may follow in the cups.
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Coach: Pat Rice
Reserves: George Armstrong
Youth: Liam Brady
Captain: Tony Adams
In: Marc Overmars (Ajax) pounds 5m, Emmanuel Petit (Monaco) pounds 3.5m, Matthew Upson (Luton) pounds 2m, Luis Boa Morte (Sporting Lisbon) pounds 1.75m, Gilles Grimandi Monaco) pounds 1.5m, Alberto Mendez Rodriguez (FC Feucht, Ger) pounds 250,000
Out: Paul Merson (Middlesbrough) pounds 5m, Matthew Rose (QPR) pounds 500,000, Lee Harper (QPR) pounds 250,000, Adrian Clark (Southend) free
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 13.50-pounds 31 (adults); pounds 7.50-pounds 8.50 (members' concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,000 available at pounds 14.50
Season ticket prices: N/A
Ticket enquiries: 0171 704 4040
Credit card bookings: 0171 413 370
Last season: 3rd
21 Boa Morte
Consolidated their position as one of the Premiership's better sides last season without ever looking like making the step up to championship challengers. Like Liverpool before them, Villa have thus decided Stan Collymore will make the difference.
With Collymore, Savo Milosevic and Dwight Yorke apparently destined to play in harness they will be less predictable, but how well will the trio gel? And what of Julian Joachim, whose career has stagnated? Goalscoring was a weakness last season, but the fault was in midfield rather than further forward, and there has been no investment there.
In goal Mark Bosnich needs a better season, and not just between the sticks. Villa will hope to do better in Europe, but domestic cups may be their best bet.
Manager: Brian Little
Assistant manager: Allan Evans
Coach: Kevin McDonald
Reserves: Malcolm Beard
Youth: Tony McAndrew
Captain: Andy Townsend
In: Stan Collymore (Liverpool) pounds 7m, Simon Grayson (Leicester) pounds 1.35m
Out: Gareth Farrelly (Everton) pounds 700, 000
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 14-pounds 18 (adults); pounds 7-9.50 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,000 available at pounds 16.50
Season ticket prices: pounds 238-306 (adults); pounds 119-pounds 161.50 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0121 327 5353
Credit card bookings: 0121 607 8000
Last season: 5th
In the Premiership on merit having played neat, intelligent football with plenty of spirit - just like their manager did. Even so, one fears their season will mirror that of Swindon's, with their ambition being betrayed by their ability to realise it.
There are reasons for optimism. Unlike Swindon, they have retained their manager and best players. The British players are an interesting mix of youthful promise and hard-earned experience but there could now be too many foreigners to instill the team spirit which did so much for Leicester. Then again, the likes of Clint Marcelle and Arjan de Zeeuw were key figures last season and Eric Tinkler is no dilettante.
Neutrals will be behind them, but it may not be enough.
Manager: Danny Wilson
Coaches: Eric Winstanley, Peter Shirtliff
Reserves: Malcolm Shotton
Youth: Colin Walker
In: Georgi Hristov (Partizan Belgrade) pounds 1.5m, Darren Barnard (Bristol City) pounds 750,000, Eric Tinkler (Cagliari, It) pounds 650,000, Ales Krizan (Maribor, Sloven) pounds 500,000, Lars Leese (Bayer Leverkusen) pounds 250,000, Tony Bullock (Leek) nominal fee
Ticket prices for home supporters: All season ticket holders
Ticket prices for away supporters: pounds 20 (adults), pounds 15 (concessions)
Season ticket prices: pounds 200-pounds 250 (adults), pounds 80-pounds 145 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0122 211211
Credit card bookings: None
Last season: 2nd (First Division)
6 De Zeeuw
17 Ten Heuvel
The days of King Kenny and the title are a fading memory but Roy of the Rovers could turn the spotlight back to East Lancashire. After forging an impressive managerial career overseas, Roy Hodgson has returned to England eager to erase the memory of a brief, ill-fated spell at Bristol City.
He arrives at a club which has stood still. There remains money aplenty but it is harder to attract big names to Blackburn now that every club offers ludicrous wages. They have landed good rather than outstanding names.
A surprising number of Dalglish's side remain and they form the basis for a decent side - but championship dreams will have to wait awhile.
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Assistant manager: Tony Parkes
Coach: Derek Fazackerley
Reserves: Terry Darracott
Youth: Bobby Downes
Captain: Tim Sherwood
In: Stephane Henchoz (Hamburg) pounds 3m, Martin Dahlin (Roma) pounds 2.5m, Anders Andersson (Malmo) pounds 500,000, John Filan (Coventry) pounds 700,000, Patrick Valery (Bastia) Free
Out: Shay Given (Newcastle) pounds 1.5m, Niklas Gudmundsson (Malmo) nominal fee, Paul Warhurst (Crystal Palace) pounds 1.25m, Matt Holmes (Charlton) pounds 250,000
Ticket prices for home supporters: A games: pounds 19-23 (adults), pounds 10 (concessions); B games: pounds 16-20 (adults), pounds 10 (concessions)
Tickets prices for away supporters: A games: pounds 19 (adults), pounds 10 (children); B games: pounds 16 (adults), pounds 10 (children)
Season ticket prices: pounds 273-pounds 345 (adults), pounds 147-pounds 165 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 01254 671666
Credit card bookings: 01254 671666
Last season: 13th
6 Le Saux
Clearly the best in their division, but that applied two years ago and they went straight down. They do seem better prepared and will be lifted by the new stadium.
They will regret being denied Peter Beardsley, he may be ageing but he has never lacked enthusiasm or football intelligence. He would also have had plenty of Scandinavian energy alongside him as well as two other skilful former Magpies, Scott Sellars and Alan Thompson.
One problem is that the Reebok Stadium will not be ready until September. It will be very impressive when it opens, but the delay means the Wanderers start with three away games and a blank. By the time they return home they could be struggling for points and confidence.
Manager: Colin Todd
Coach: Phil Brown
Reserves: Steve Carroll
Youth: Dean Crombie
Captain: Gudni Bergsson
In: Robbie Elliott (Newcastle) pounds 2.5m, Neil Cox (Middlesbrough) pounds 1.5m, Arnar Gunnlaugsson (Akranes, Ice) pounds 100,000
Out: Scott Green (Wigan) pounds 300,000, David Lee (Wigan) pounds 250,000, Mixu Paatelainen (Wolves) pounds 250,000
Ticket prices: pounds 13, pounds 16, pounds 18
Season ticket prices: N/A
Ticket enquiries: 01204 389200
Credit card bookings: 01204 521101
Last season: 1st (First Division)
Stamford Bridge's embrace of such a multi- cultural squad is worth celebration, given the one-time terrace mood, but there is also cause for concern in Chelsea's concentration on foreign talent. One hopes the progress of Jody Morris, Neil Clement, Paul Hughes and Mike Duberry continue to survive the influx.
There are also doubts, as with Arsenal, about team spirit and how deeply supporters can identify with a team containing so many foreigners.
For now the fans are happy, Chelsea are glamorous and attractive to watch. More silverware is probable and Ruud Gullit's progress in Europe will be fascinating, yet it is hard to see his polyglot collection achieving the consistency required to win a first title in 43 years.
Manager: Ruud Gullit
Assistant manager: Gwyn Williams
Coach: Graham Rix
Reserves: Mick McGiven
Youth: Ted Dale
Captain: Dennis Wise
In: Celestine Babayaro (Anderlecht) pounds 2.25m, Ed de Goey (Feyenoord) pounds 2.25m, Bernard Lambourde (Bordeaux) pounds 1.5m, Tore Andre Flo (Brann Bergen) pounds 300,000, Gustavo Poyet (Real Zaragoza) free
Out: Craig Burley (Celtic) pounds 2.5m, Scott Minto (Benfica) free, Erland Johnsen (Rosenborg Trondheim) free, Chris McCann (Southend) free, Paul Parker (released)
Ticket prices for home supporters: A games pounds 21-pounds 50; B games pounds 16-pounds 50 (no concessions)
Ticket prices for away supporters: A games: pounds 21, B games: pounds 16
Season ticket pricess: pounds 370-pounds 887 (no concessions)
Ticket enquiries and credit card bookings: 0891 121011
Last season: 6th
1 De Goey
10 M Hughes
16 Di Matteo
21 P Hughes
It does not seem to matter how much they spend, nor who is manager, Coventry always end up in relegation trouble and always escape. A Sky Blue generation have grown up on this, but last season was close even by their standards.
Like everyone else, Gordon Strachan has bought foreign but, unlike his predecessors, he has signed the trusty Scandinavians, not exotic Brazilians, Ghanaians and Zimbabweans. Strachan badly needs Gary McAllister to produce his best form and must hope Steve Ogrizovic continues to defy the years.
Having gone against history and predicted they would avoid the relegation scramble last season, I won't be so rash again...
Manager: Gordon Strachan
Assistant manager: Alex Miller
Reserves: Garry Pendrey
Youth: Brian Roberts
Captain: Gary McAllister
In: Simon Haworth (Cardiff City) pounds 900,000, Trond Egil Soltvedt (Rosenborg Trondheim) pounds 500,000, Kyle Lightbourne (Walsall) pounds 500,000, Magnus Hedman (AIK Stockholm) pounds 60,000, Martin Johansen (FC Copenhagen) free
Out: Eoin Jess (Aberdeen) pounds 600,000, John Filan (Blackburn) pounds 700,000, Alex Yevtushok (released)
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 16-22 (adults); pounds 8-pounds 9.50 (concessions)
Ticket prices for away supporters: pounds 19 (adults), pounds 9.50 (concessions)
Season ticket prices: pounds 304-pounds 418 (adults), pounds 105-pounds 209 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 01203 234020
Credit card bookings: 01203 578000
Last season: 17th
Last May, chairman Ron Noades promised Palace would not be filling the team with foreigners. He wanted a team of Britons which would foster the sort of team spirit Leicester created. However, a few calls to Nationwide League clubs later, Steve Coppell was off to the airport.
Noades' fears about "foreign mercenaries" seemed justified by Attilio Lombardo's demands, but he and Palace eventually agreed. They have also signed an Icelander and, on trial, an Israeli but neither they, nor Paul Warhurst, are likely to replace David Hopkin, and they do look short of quality.
Manager: Steve Coppell
Assistant manager: Ray Lewington
Reserves: Steve Kember
Youth: Peter Nicholas
Captain: Andy Roberts
In: Attilio Lombardo (Juventus) pounds 1.6m, Kevin Miller (Watford) pounds 1.25m, Paul Warhurst (Blackburn) pounds 1m, Jamie Fullarton (Bastia) free, Herman Hreidarsson (IB Vestmannaeyjar, Ice) pounds 400,000
Out: David Hopkin (Leeds) pounds 3.25m, Chris Day (Watford) pounds 220,000, Ray Houghton (Reading) free
Ticket prices for home supporters: A games pounds 16-pounds 30 (adults), pounds 9-pounds 20 (concessions); B games pounds 14-pounds 28 (adults), pounds 8-pounds 18 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,500 available: A games pounds 20 (adults), pounds 12 (concessions); B games pounds 18 (adults) pounds 11 (concessions)
Season ticket prices: pounds 225-pounds 500 (adults), pounds 80-260 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0181 771 8841
Credit card bookings: 0181 771 8841
Last season: 6th (First Division)
The bid for Roberto Baggio emphasised County's ambition and Stefano Eranio and Francesco Baiano represent a reasonable next best. The most important signing, however, was Dean Sturridge agreeing a new contract yesterday.
At least the Croatians, Igor Stimac and Aljosa Asanovic, appear to be satisfied with the club's direction both physically - to gleaming new Pride Park - and mentally - towards the upper reaches of the Premiership. They could make further strides towards that under Jim Smith's shrewd management now that Sturridge is staying.
Paulo Cesar Wanchope, who announced himself so dramatically at Old Trafford last April, could be worth watching. An outside bet for the FA Cup - but perhaps also for relegation.
Manager: Jim Smith
Coach: Steve McLaren
Youth: Steve Taylor
Reserves: Billy McEwan
Captain: Robin van der Laan
In: Francesco Baiano (Fiorentina) pounds 650,000; Jonathan Hunt (Birmingham) pounds 500,000, Stefano Eranio (Milan) free
Out: Darren Wassall (Birmingham) pounds 100,000, Martin Taylor (Wycombe) free
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 12-23
Ticket enquiries: 01332 667503
Credit card bookings: 01332 667540
Last season: 12th
3 C Powell
4 D Powell
7 Van der Laan
A gruesome season, featuring a relegation battle and early cup exits to lower teams, has been followed by an equally unhappy summer. Rejected by putative managers and prospective players alike, Everton appear to have lost their lustre.
The support remains impressive but there is festering discontent about both the direction of the team and the club. Howard Kendall can tap into a deep residue of goodwill, but so could Joe Royle...
Slaven Bilic will provide much-needed solidity to a back four over-reliant on the ageing Dave Watson. There are some promising young players, notably Michael Branch, John Oster and Tony Grant, but a lack of quality.
It does not help that those players that have it, like Nick Barmby and Duncan Ferguson, rarely perform.
Manager: Howard Kendall
Assistant manager: Adrian Heath
Reserves: Colin Harvey
Youth: Ray Hall
Captain: Dave Watson
Ins: Slaven Bilic (West Ham) pounds 4.5m, John Oster (Grimsby) pounds 1.5m, Gareth Farrelly (Aston Villa) pounds 700,000, Tony Thomas (Tranmere) pounds 400,000
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 14-pounds 19 (adults), pounds 8-pounds 10 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2-5,000 available at pounds 15-pounds 18
Season ticket prices: pounds 190-pounds 275 (adults), pounds 110-pounds 195 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0891 121599
Credit card bookings: 0151 471 8000
Last season: 15th
Leeds are alleged to have scored six goals in one match while on tour in Norway, which is about as likely as someone receiving pounds 140,500 in used readies thinking: "What a Christmas present".
Having fulfilled his initial brief, bringing order to the defence, George Graham now has the more demanding task of gilding flair on to the discipline and producing goals. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Bruno Ribeiro have been brought in to do that, but it is midfield which looks significantly strengthened through David Hopkin and Alf Inge Haland.
Manager: George Graham
Assistant manager: David O'Leary
Coach: John Dungworth
Reserves: David Williams
Youth: Eddie Gray
In: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Boavista, Por) pounds 2m, David Robertson (Rangers) pounds 500,000, Bruno Ribeiro (Vitoria Setuba, Por) pounds 500,000, Alf Inge Haland (Nottingham Forest) pounds 2m, David Hopkin (Crystal Palace) pounds 3.25m
Outs: Brian Deane (Sheffield Utd) pounds 1m, Mark Ford (Burnley) pounds 275,000, Andy Couzens (Carlisle Utd) pounds 100,000, John Pemberton (Crewe) free
Ticket prices for home supporters: A games pounds 10-pounds 32, B games pounds 8-pounds 22
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,500 available at pounds 13-pounds 25
Season tickets: 14,500 available
Ticket enquiries: 0113 2716037
Credit card bookings: 0113 2716037
Last season: 11th
Leicester City showed what can be achieved through organisation and team spirit, but now they have to do it all again. It will more difficult now teams know what to expect and second-season motivation, so necessary for all that running, will require all Martin O'Neill's inspirational skills. He has begun by putting faith in his team, adding just Robbie Savage.
Should he emulate his fellow Crewe graduate Neil Lennon, Savage will have been a good purchase, but hanging on to Emile Heskey may have been the manager's best move. Given Leicester's strength, team unity, there may be a lesson in O'Neill's apparent reluctance to add foreign players to the mix.
Europe will be an interesting distraction, but it is hard to imagine them going far.
Manager: Martin O'Neill
Assistant manager: John Robertson
Reserves: Paul Franklin
Youth: David Nish
Captain: Steve Walsh
In: Robbie Savage (Crewe) pounds 400,000
Out: Simon Grayson (Aston Villa) pounds 1.35m, Jamie Lawrence (Bradford City) pounds 60,000
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 13.50-pounds 22 (adults), pounds 7-pounds 11 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,100 available, pounds 13.50-pounds 16.50 (adults), pounds 7-pounds 8.50 (concessions)
Season ticket pricess: 13,000 available: pounds 295-pounds 480 (adults), pounds 150-pounds 240 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0116 291 5296
Credit card bookings: 0116 291 5232
Last season: 9th
This must be the season and Roy Evans knows it. The "Spice Boys" image has been cracked down upon and the midfield pussy-footing addressed. Steel and drive have been added in Paul Ince and Oyvind Leonhardsen and Stan Collymore's unsettling influence removed.
Karlheinz Riedle is another inspired signing. Like Ince he knows how to win a championship. Even Fowler's early injury is partially covered for by Michael Owen's promise. The concern is in defence where David James still looks vulnerable.
If they can improve their home form - 21 points dropped - they will push Manchester United all the way and if fortune favours them with injuries and other commitments they may surpass them.
Manager: Roy Evans
Assistant manager: Doug Livermore
Reserves: Steve Heighway
Youth: Sammy Lee
In: Oyvind Leonhardsen (Wimbledon) pounds 3.5m, Paul Ince (Internazionale) pounds 4.25m, Danny Murphy (Crewe) pounds 2.75m
Out: Stan Collymore (Aston Villa) pounds 7m, Lee Jones (Tranmere) pounds 100,000
Capacity: 35,000, rising to 45,000 after redevelopment of Anfield Road stand
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 16-pounds 18 (adults), pounds 8-pounds 18 (concessions)
Tickets for away supporters: No away fans allowed before Barnsley (22 Nov)
Season ticket prices: pounds 255-300 (adults), pounds 127.50 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0151 260 8680
Credit card bookings: 0151 263 5727
Last season: 4th
* Numbers TBC
Favourites again and deservedly so. Last year was the fourth Premiership title in five and not even a roller-coaster ride to the semi-final of the European Cup could distract them.
Their rivals look stronger this year, but so do United despite the failure, so far, to sign central defensive cover. Teddy Sheringham is a fair replacement for Eric Cantona, the young players are a year older and Jordi Cruyff and Karel Poborsky are better prepared for the Premiership.
Liverpool will push them close domestically but, assuming they avoid serious injury to Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel, United have the resilience to hold them off. Close to the best in Europe, but will need luck to surpass last season's run.
Manager: Alex Ferguson
Assistant manager: Brian Kidd
Reserves: Jim Ryan
Youth: Eric Harrison, Neil Bailey
Captain: Roy Keane
In: Teddy Sheringham (Tottenham) pounds 3.5m, Erik Nevland (Viking Stavanager, Nor) nominal fee
Out: Eric Cantona (retired), Patrick McGibbon (Wigan) pounds 250,000, Jonathan Macken (Preston) pounds 250,000, Simon Davies (Luton) pounds 150,000
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 12-18 (adults), pounds 8 (children)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 3,000 available at pounds 18
Season ticket prices: pounds 228-pounds 342
Ticket enquiries: 0161 872 0199
Last season: 1st
2 G Neville
12 P Neville
17 Van der Gouw
These are the squad numbers as issued for the Charity Shield, but will not necessarily be followed in the Premiership
Alan Shearer's injury cast a pall over Tyneside and, with Les Ferdinand also departing, it is hard to see Kenny Dalglish coming any closer to landing that elusive title than Kevin Keegan did.
Before Shearer went down at Goodison, Dalglish looked to be building an promising side with several interesting signings. They will still be on the fringe but are more likely to be a threat in the FA Cup, in which Shearer may yet play a part, than the championship.
Dalglish will be hoping to improve on his European record as manager, while spectators will be hoping he produces a team more like his old Liverpool ones than the side he created at Blackburn Rovers.
Manager: Kenny Dalglish
Assistant manager: Terry McDermott
Reserves: Alan Irvine
Youth: John Carver
In: Alessandro Pistone (Internazionale) pounds 4.3m, Jon Dahl Tomasson (Heerenveen, Neth) pounds 2.2m, Bjarni Gudjonsson (Akranes, Ice) pounds 500,000, Temur Ketsbaia (AEK Athens) free, Shay Given (Blackburn) pounds 1.5m, Stuart Pearce (Nottingham Forest) free
Out: Les Ferdinand (Tottenham) pounds 6m, Lee Clark (Sunderland) pounds 2.5m, Robbie Elliott (Bolton) pounds 2.5m, David Ginola (Tottenham) pounds 2m
Ticket prices for home supporters: None (all season ticket holders)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 1,800 available at pounds 18
Season ticket prices: pounds 265-pounds 441 (adults), pounds 125-pounds 278 (concessions)
Ticket information and credit card bookings: 0191 261 1571
Last season: 2nd
The signing of Paolo di Canio underlines the growing ambition at Hillsborough. David Pleat has crafted a useful side who were unlucky to miss out on Europe last season, and will be pushing again for a place this time.
Some tangible success may lift the image of a club which, despite recent Wembley appearances, a magnificent stadium and media-friendly manager continues to be regarded as unfashionable.
This meant Benito Carbone's impressive contribution to the overseas influx was not appreciated more widely. He should be even better this year as should young Richie Humphreys. If David Hirst stays free of injury - a big ask - and Des Walker's legs keep moving, Wednesday will again be a threat to anyone.
Manager: David Pleat
Assistant manager: Peter Shreeves
Coach: Bobby Smith
Reserves: Albert Phelan
Youth: Ricky Hill
Captain: Peter Atherton
In: Paolo di Canio (Celtic) pounds 3m, Patrick Blondeau (Monaco) pounds 1.8m
Out: Regi Blinker (Celtic) pounds 1.5m, (Orlando Trustfull (Vitesse Arnhem, Neth) pounds 800,000, Michael Williams (Burnley) free, Brian Linighan (released)
Ticket prices for home supporters: A games: pounds 14-pounds 21 (adults), pounds 9-pounds 12 (concessions). B games: pounds 12-pounds 18 (adults), pounds 7-pounds 10 (concessions). C games: pounds 10-pounds 14 (adults), pounds 7-pounds 9 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 4,000 available at pounds 13-pounds 18
Season ticket prices: pounds 237-pounds 330 (adults), pounds 163-pounds 192 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries and credit card bookings: 0114 221 2400
Last season: 7th
More upheaval down at The Dell with their fifth manager in as many seasons. David Jones could not be more of a contrast to Graeme Souness but a modest playing career and painstaking managerial apprentice may be just what Southampton need.
Souness's asset for Southampton was his overseas contacts and, although they have lost Eyal Berkovitch he bequeaths Egil Ostenstad and several other useful foreigners. Jones has looked to the lower leagues to further strengthen the mix.
As usual much will depend on the mercurial Matt Le Tissier who will be missed as he recovers from a broken arm in the early weeks. Much, also, may depend on the boardroom where Rupert Lowe is yet to convince supporters he has the club's interests at heart.
Manager: David Jones
Assistant manager: John Sainty
Coach: Terry Cooper
Reserves: Stuart Gray
Youth: Stewart Henderson
Captain: Matthew Le Tissier
In: Kevin Davies (Chesterfield) pounds 750,000, Paul Jones (Stockport) pounds 800,000, Stig Johansen (Bodo-Glimt, Nor) pounds 600,000, Lee Todd (Stockport) pounds 400,000
Out: Eyal Berkovitch (West Ham) pounds 1.75m paid to Maccabi Haifa, Paul Tisdale (Bristol City) free
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 18-pounds 20 (adults), pounds 6 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2,000 available at pounds 15-pounds 20
Season ticket prices: pounds 280-pounds 360 (adults), pounds 150 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 01705 228575
Credit card bookings: 01703 337171
Last season: 16th
7 Le Tissier
18 Van Gobbel
Plenty of fine players, if only they were not so often injured. David Ginola may give Tottenham a season, as he did Newcastle, and Les Ferdinand is sure to prosper under Gerry Francis. Add Steffen Iversen and Chris Armstrong and there should be plenty of goal threat.
Much, however, depends on whether Darren Anderton is fit to add guile to a prosaic midfield. If he is, Spurs could produce the attacking football they are associated with and results to match. If not, it could be another season of drudgery though at least the defence is looking more secure.
Another club with an interesting opening, with Teddy Sheringham and Manchester United coming to the Lane on Sunday...
Manager: Gerry Francis
Assistant manager: Roger Cross
Reserves: Chris Hughton
Youth: Des Bulpin
In: Les Ferdinand (Newcastle) pounds 6m, David Ginola (Newcastle) pounds 2m
Out: Teddy Sheringham (Manchester Utd) pounds 3.5m, Ronny Rosenthal (released)
Capacity: 26,000 (reduced this season)
Ticket prices for home supporters: A games: pounds 21-pounds 35 (adults), pounds 21-pounds 24 (adult members), pounds 10.50-pounds 12 (junior members). B games: pounds 18-pounds 30 (adults), pounds 18-pounds 21 (adult members), pounds 9-pounds 10-50 (junior members)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: Limited due to redevelopment: pounds 18-pounds 21
Season ticket prices: pounds 360-pounds 600 (adults), pounds 175-pounds 225 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0171 365 5000
Credit card bookings: Non-members: 0171 420 0234. Members: 0181 365 5100.
Last season: 10th
WEST HAM UNITED
Has Harry Redknapp finally got the blend right, or will they struggle again? Paul Kitson and John Hartson turned them around last year and, with Eyal Berkovitch behind them, will continue to score goals.
Midfield, too, looks well balanced, with the under-rated John Moncur supported by the busy new signing Andy Impey and the driving Steve Lomas.
Problems, however, at the back with Slaven Bilic gone and Julian Dicks and Tim Breacker injured. Richard Hall needs to settle well and Marc Rieper rediscover his best form.
Manager: Harry Redknapp
Assistant manager: Frank Lampard
Reserves: Frank Burrows
Youth: Tony Carr
Captain: Julian Dicks
In: Eyal Berkovitch (Southampton) pounds 1.5m (paid to Maccabi Haifa), David Terrier (Metz) pounds 1m, Craig Forrest (Ipswich) pounds 500,000, Andrew Impey (QPR) pounds 1.2m
Out: Slaven Bilic (Everton) pounds 4.5m
Ticket prices for home supporters: A games: pounds 18-pounds 27 (adults), pounds 11-pounds 14 (concessions). B games: pounds 22-31 (adults), pounds 11-pounds 14 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: A games: pounds 20. B games: pounds 24. A/B games: pounds 11 (concessions)
Season ticket prices: pounds 290-pounds 440 (adults), pounds 175-pounds 265 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0181 548 2700
Credit card bookings: 0181 548 2700
Last season: 14th
Undercut by Barnsley as the Premiership's minnows, and not before time. If they can retain their unique spirit while absorbing new Norwegian investment, they could make last year's fine season a platform rather than a peak.
Oyvind Leonhardsen, inevitably, has gone, with Ceri Hughes billed as the replacement. While midfield may be weaker, the defence, where Chris Perry, Dean Blackwell and Neil Sullivan should continue to mature, looks solid. Ben Thatcher, having been injured last season, is like a new signing.
Europe possible, but the best result would be Merton Council agreeing to a deal for a new home for the club.
Manager: Joe Kinnear
Coaches: Lawrie Sanchez, David Kemp
Reserves: Mick Harford
Youth: Ernie Tippet
Captain: Vinnie Jones
In: Ceri Hughes (Luton) pounds 400,000
Out: Oyvind Leonhardsen (Liverpool) pounds 3.5m, Aidan Newhouse (Fulham) pounds 150,000, Scott Fitzgerald (Millwall) pounds 80,000
Ticket prices for home supporters: pounds 12-pounds 20 (adults), pounds 7-pounds 10 (concessions)
Tickets and prices for away supporters: 2-9,000 available at pounds 18
Season ticket prices: pounds 160-pounds 280 (adults), pounds 80-pounds 140 (concessions)
Ticket enquiries: 0181 771 8841
Credit card bookings: 0891 771 884
Last season: 8th
Analysis by Glenn Moore
Team research by Daniel Ross and Robert PeakeReuse content