Mark Hughes is doing an excellent job remodelling Stoke City but can the Potters continue their steady progress?
Steve McClaren isn't sure whether to start Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba this weekend.
Last season was a miserable one for Cardiff City but a bright pre-season has raised expectations slightly.
The former midfielder does, however, believe that injuries to Francis Coquelin or Laurent Koscielny could spell trouble.
Here's our player ratings for West Ham United after their 4-3 aggregate defeat to Romanian side FC Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League.
Hull City will hope that they have enough quality to stamp their authority in the Championship and make an immediate Premier League return.
After putting up an admirable fight in the Premier League, Burnley are looking to secure an immediate return to the big time.
The talented VfB Stuttgart attacker wants to stay at his current club.
Former Gers star Mark Hately had questioned the players' fitness last season, saying they already look much better under new manager Mark Warburton.
The 24-year-old was injured by Arsenal's Jack Wilshere on England duty, but he is back now and hoping to make the match against Manchester United on Saturday.