Newcastle United are faced with a tricky looking trip to Fulham on the opening day of the season in what will be the Sky Bet Championship curtain raiser.
The Magpies will embark on life in the second tier for the first time since the 2009/10 season and anything other than promotion from the campaign will be deemed as a failure.
Spanish boss Rafa Benitez will oversee managerial operations once more after he took the decision to stay on as the manager, despite slipping through the Premier League’s trapdoor.
The Champions League winning boss is a major coup for a side who is about to embark on a season in the second tier of English football and no sensible money will be placed on them not gaining promotion this season.
Football League World writer Lee Clarke takes a look at a potential starting line-up, in a 4-2-3-1 formation, for Newcastle United in their opening game.