Friday evening sees the start of the Championship season but the campaign begins in earnest on Saturday and there are nine games to go at.
The opening weekend often produces plenty of surprises but, in general, it appears like it could be a good day for those eyeing promotion.
After relegation from the Premier League last term, Cardiff have done well to keep hold of the majority of their squad and Neil Warnock will want another crack at the top of the standings in what he promises will be his final season in the game.
Opponents Wigan did well to survive last term but an inability to grab a goalscorer could be an issue. Opening the season at the DW Stadium does, though, give them a chance to set the tone for the campaign.
However, Warnock will be raring to go and his team look too good a price to be ignored on the opening weekend.
Speaking of keeping their stars, Fulham have done well to hold on to Aleksandar Mitrovic and his class could dominate the Barnsley defenders.
The Tykes came up from League One and Daniel Stendel, a somewhat unheralded appointment when he came in June 2018, will look to channel the siege mentality he created in guiding his side to promotion last term.
Stendel has had his hands tied by a lack of funds but will fancy his team to get in and around the Cottagers.
However, Scott Parker’s reputation from his playing days suggests the visitors will have plenty of steel ,and with Mitrovic and new signing Anthony Knockaert working with the likes of Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney, this is a team who could prove too good for all of the division.
Swansea have had another busy summer but only in the sense that they have lost several key players, with Oli McBurnie the latest departure on Friday.
New boss Steve Cooper is untested at this level and will hope to maintain the momentum that accompanied Graham Potter’s final months at the club.
Things are never far from complicated at Hull but they too also have a new boss in Grant McCann.
Crucially, they have kept hold of the likes of Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen, while new signings George Honeyman and Tom Eaves could be big hits after stepping up from League One.
The Tigers have a decent squad that could push for the play-offs and should have too much for the Swans on Saturday.