Having poured over the Guardian Guide, FourFourTwo and various websites I've tried to get my head around the new season.
I must say, the Championship looks much more exciting and looks much harder to predict. I can't see Burnley coming back up with a manager like Brian Laws and the Trevolution at Preston is still in its early stages so it will be a mid table season in Lancashire. I fancy Leicester to do well, but as outsiders alongside the likes of Norwich and Coventry. The top two will be Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.
As for the predictable Premier League I have to at least hope something new and fresh can happen, so here goes.
1. Manchester City
3. Manchester United
8. Aston Villa
9. Bolton Wanderers
11. Blackburn Rovers
13. Newcastle United
14. Birmingham City
15. Wolverhampton Wanderers
16. West Bromwich Albion
17. Stoke City
18. West Ham United
19. Wigan Athletic
Other predictions: Real Madrid to win the Champions League, Liverpool to win the Channel 5 Thursday night cup.
Manchester United to win the FA Cup and Chelsea to win the Carling Cup.
Morecambe and Accrington Stanley to be mid table, but Stockport County will do well to stay out of the bottom two.