Sunderland fans may be apprehensive ahead of the new Premier League campaign as a they look for a season without the fear of relegation.
Sunderland have danced with disaster too many times in recent years and will hope retaining last season's hero Dick Advocaat brings swift changes.
Having strengthened his side throughout the summer window, the Dutch head coach will now set about becoming the first Black Cats manager to survive an entire season at the helm since the days of Martin O'Neil.
Chris Linnell: The Black Cats disappointed last season, and as the quality of the Premier League continues to improve, one feels they are being left behind.
Billy Hawkins: Will endure another tough season, with another manager change expected.
Michael Stevenson: Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul are strong signings and while the Black Cats can field a strong first eleven, there is a severe drop in quality beyond that.
Lewis Doe: Another nervy season. Dick Advocaat to be fully tested in all areas after going back on a decision to leave the club.
Tim Poole: Dick Advocaat is a brilliant manager but the limitations in the transfer market could relegate Sunderland. Signing Younes Kaboul… really!?
Stephen Pickering: The Black Cats got their number one choice manager this summer in Dick Advocaat and should go into the coming season with a bit of confidence. The squad still lacks in a number of areas, but Advocaat has the nous to keep Sunderland out of trouble. Key player: Lee Cattermole
Che Thomas: Dick Advocaat should ensure the Black Cats don’t get sucked into the relegation battle this time round, with the arrivals of Younes Kaboul and Jeremain Lens big improvements from what they had before, but they are still a few signings away from pushing towards the top half of the division.
Mathew Nash: The biggest test Sunderland had is fixing their defence and finding goals. Younes Kaboul and Jermain Lens are not the answer. This time, no great escape.
Olly Dawes: Jeremain Lens helps the Black Cats in attack, whilst manager Dick Advocaat made Sunderland a much more solid outfit last season. Should escape relegation more comfortably this time around under Advocaat.
Damien Lucas: Finish just behind their North East rivals but learn from last season's trials and tribulations with Jermaine Defoe top scoring in an uneventful but comfortable campaign.
Freddie Shires: The love affair with Dick Advocaat will disintegrate somewhat but they’ll have enough talent in the squad to manage another last-gasp escape.
Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.
And here it is:
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