Sunderland appointed Paolo Di Canio towards the end of last season and that gamble was rewarded with survival. The colourful Italian has embarked on a massive rebuilding job this summer, but Premier League experience is lacking.
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Everton finished above rivals Liverpool last season but approach this campaign with a new management team, with Roberto Martinez replacing the long-standing David Moyes.
Liverpool’s reconstruction continues as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his squad with yet another influx of players. After finishing seventh last season, below their Mersey neighbours in blue, the Anfield faithful will expect better.
Manchester City will be looking to bounce back after the disappointment of seeing neighbours United lift the Premier League title last season. With plenty of new signings, City will be stronger than ever.
Arsenal suffered another season without any silverware in 2012/13 but managed to secure the all-important fourth spot and will compete for the Champions League and Premier League titles in 2013/14.
Martin Jol is looking to rebuild after releasing plenty of players, while others returned to their clubs following loan deals. Last season was disappointing for the Cottagers because they were looking over their shoulder for the last few games.
Newcastle faltered last season, finishing 16th following an injury infested campaign. Joe Kinnear's arrival means Alan Pardew will be under a lot of pressure to find the form of two seasons ago despite his eight year contract.
Play-Off winners Crystal Palace started strongly last season, but a dip in form towards the end of the campaign threatened to spoil all their hard work. Ian Holloway will demand improvements, even though his side are strongly tipped for relegation.
Having won promotion to the Premier League on a frantic final day, Hull City have a chance to banish the demons from their previous top flight tenure with an exciting, skillful and attacking brand of football.
Promoted as champions, Cardiff City were convincing title winners. Expect fluid attacks and a tight defence from Malky Mackay’s side, especially at home where they lost only twice last season.
A tenth-placed finish for West Ham United was a great feat for a club who only returned to the Premier League last season. Sam Allardyce will be hoping they can improve their away form however, as they suffered 12 defeats on the road.