Last season's three relegated Premier League clubs inevitably start as favourites for the Championship title - and all have new men at the helm.
Slavisa Jokanovic, Valerien Ismael and Marco Silva - the new managers of Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham respectively - have had just a few weeks of pre-season to prepare for a promotion charge, starting with the Championship's opening weekend on August 6-8.
All three have six weeks of the transfer window left to negotiate first, with many of their big names clearly feeling the drop into the second tier is beneath their talents.
Bournemouth look well placed to launch another promotion bid after missing out in the play-offs under Jonathan Woodgate. He has been replaced by Scott Parker, who will have a point to prove following Fulham's relegation under his stewardship last season.
South Wales duo Swansea City and Cardiff City are also in the promotion conversation, although the Swans are still without a new manager at the time of writing. Former QPR assistant boss John Eustace, who has been linked with the job, would be something of a rookie.
Just up the road, Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy is anything but. The Bluebirds lost just three of their last 22 games last season under the former Republic of Ireland coach. They have made some promising signings already and Wales' Euros star Kieffer Moore will be licking his lips after banging in 20 league goals last season.
Planet Sport Bet have made the three relegated teams the ante-post favourites for promotion, but since the inception of the Premier League in 1992/93, NEVER have all the three relegated clubs been promoted the following season (only six times in 28 seasons have even two of the three returned at the first attempt, including last season when Norwich and Watford achieved the feat).
Planet Sport Bet spokesperson Scott Allen said: "The Championship remains as unpredictable and fascinating as ever but this time Fulham, Sheffield United and West Brom do look intriguing, all with bright, young, foreign managers in charge.
"Looking at the historical stats, our customers may well look outside that trio and even down at long shots like Coventry, a huge club who finished last season impressively and will be further lifted by their return to playing at the Ricoh Arena."
How they will finish, according to Planet Sport Bet
2. West Brom
3. Sheffield United
5. Swansea City
6. Cardiff City
8. Nottingham Forest
11. Stoke City
12. Blackburn Rovers
15. Hull City
16. Preston North End
17. Birmingham City
18. Bristol City
19. Luton Town
20. Coventry City
21. Derby County
22. Huddersfield Town
24. Peterborough United