Stoke are now firmly established as a Barclays Premier League club and finished last season with a day out at Wembley, although Manchester City got the better of them in the FA Cup final.
The outstanding team in the Championship last season, there was never much doubt that Neil Warnock would guide Queens Park Rangers to the Premier League. They are sure to find things much trickier this season because their promotion was based upon a water tight defence and Adel Taarabt.
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has guided the Canaries to consecutive promotions, but are they ready for Barclays Premier League football? Scoring goals shouldn't be a problem, they bagged 83 in the second tier last season and striker Grant Holt got 21 of them.
Newcastle have had a busy summer, bringing in number of new players who will add a Gallic touch to the club. French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye has joined along with Sylvain Marveaux.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already spent £50m on rebuilding his squad this summer, despite guiding Manchester United to a record 19th title last season. The United supremo has looked to youth once again during the transfer window, signing David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young.
After winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Champions League Manchester City will be fighting for the title this season. They've strengthened their defence and plan further signings at the other end of the pitch, whether Carlos Tevez leaves or not.
We have been far and wide across the globe on a scouting mission to bring news of all the goals from the last few days of pre-season friendlies.
Kenny Dalglish has a history of building exciting attack-minding teams that create plenty of chances and score plenty of goals, and he seems to be moulding his current side in a similar way.
There'll be a familiar face in the Fulham dugout this season after Martin Jol returned to English football following a successful stint in charge of Dutch masters Ajax. Jol was a popular figure during his time at Tottenham and will bring attractive football with him to Craven Cottage.
Another quiet summer in the transfer market is expected at Goodison Park, which will surely frustrate the Everton faithful. However, the lack of transfer activity brings squad stability and, on their day, the Everton first-string is a match for any side in league.
Chelsea appointed new manager Andre Villas-Boas in June and the ex-Porto boss inherits a team that finished second in the Barclays Premier League to Manchester United. The club are expected to make one or two major signings, but the core of the team will look familiar.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle must be wondering where the goals will come from this season. The Trotters do have Kevin Davies, but the powerful target-man will need a reliable strike partner playing alongside him if Bolton are to improve on last year's 14th place.