It's that time of year again when skysports.com's football desk put their heads above the parapet and predict just what might happen between now and May. We've got our hard hats at the ready...
Last Updated: 14/05/12 10:40am
With the Premier League kick-off just a day away it's time to down tools, quit feigning an interest in taking up a new hobby and get back to what's important. No, not looting. The football. To mark the occasion skysports.com's football desk has done just that by taking time out to reflect on how the forthcoming campaign is likely to unfold. You never agree with our predictions but if you want to get involved by posting your own, fill in the feedback form below...
Chris Burton - @SkySportsChrisB
Title winner: Manchester United. Reigning champions have strengthened over the summer and will be the ones to beat yet again.
Top four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal.
Relegated: Norwich, Queens Park Rangers, Wigan.
Surprise package: Swansea. Home form could see them safe.
Championship winner: Leicester. Sven-Goran Eriksson will be expected to guide the Foxes back to the Premier League following considerable investment.
Champions League winner: Barcelona. Difficult to see past the current European champions, given that they remain as strong as ever.
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney. With Ashley Young drafted in to help provide extra ammunition, Manchester United's talisman will be looking to fill his boots.
Player of the year: Wayne Rooney. If Rooney gets the goals that land United a 20th top flight title he will take some beating.
Best young gun: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal's latest teenage talent arrives at the Emirates with a big reputation and will be keen to make his mark in the top flight.
Biggest flop: Jordan Henderson. Has a hefty price tag to justify and may struggle to get into Liverpool's midfield given their summer business.
Best buy: Sergio Aguero. Has the potential to be as good as Carlos Tevez and is not as temperamental as his fellow Argentine.
Sack race winner: Steve Kean. Blackburn appear to have stood still and their owners could wield the axe at any time.
Lewis Rutledge - @SkySportsLewis
Title winner: Manchester United won with something to spare last season and should be strong enough to resist an improved challenge from elsewhere.
Top four: Liverpool have enjoyed a much better summer than Arsenal and will join Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs in the Champions League spots.
Relegated: The promoted clubs have a lot of character but not enough quality or top-flight experience to beat the drop.
Surprise package: Everton may not have bolstered their squad but if they get off to a good start and avoid injuries they could challenge for a top-four spot.
Championship winner: Sven Goran Eriksson is a shrewd manager and Leicester's big spending should see them earn automatic promotion.
Champions League winner: It is impossible to look beyond Barcelona, who remain in a different league to their European rivals.
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney was in blistering form towards the end of last season and, with opposing defenders concerned with Javier Hernandez, could run riot.
Player of the year: Luis Suarez settled quickly into Premier League life and should be even better this season.
Best young gun: If last year was Jack Wilshere's breakthrough campaign, this year it is surely the turn of Josh McEachran, a Chelsea and England midfielder with rare talent.
Biggest flop: Gervinho was not exactly prolific in French football and may find it difficult to adjust following his move to Arsenal.
Best buy: Liverpool lacked width last season and Stewart Downing's arrival should have a big impact.
Sack race winner: Steve Kean could be in trouble if Blackburn struggle during the early part of the season.
Jon Holmes - @jonboy79
Title winner: Manchester City. Will stay in contention until January then spend again to secure title.
Top four: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal. Top three very tight, Arsenal to edge out Liverpool for fourth.
Relegated: Newcastle, Blackburn, Wigan. Toon repeat of 2008/9, Kean will be found out at Rovers, Latics squad looks significantly weaker.
Surprise package: Norwich. Another canny Scottish manager on the rise, with passionate Carrow Road crowd playing their part.
Championship winner: Nottingham Forest. McClaren's men just edging out Sven's Leicester.
Champions League winner: Manchester United. Three finals in last four years. History tells us Barca unlikely to retain title.
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney. He's got his mojo back.
Player of the year: Could be Nani. Raising his game in bid to stay in the side and few as skilful in the league.
Best young gun: Jack Wilshere again. May have to inspire Arsenal even more this season but certainly up to the task.
Biggest flop: Gabriel Obertan. Overpriced even at £3million.
Best buy: This season, Gervinho. Going forward, Romelu Lukaku - and Souleymane Coulibaly is a great capture for Tottenham.
Sack race winner: Alan Pardew. Trigger-happy Ashley strikes again.
Mark Holmes - @Homzy
Title winner: Manchester United will be too strong if Wesley Sneijder arrives.
Top four: Chelsea and Manchester City will run United close, and Arsenal are still top-four material.
Relegated: Neither QPR, Norwich nor Swansea have strengthened well enough.
Surprise package: I can see Stoke making the top eight.
Championship winner: Leicester have bought well enough to come out on top.
Champions League winner: Jose Mourinho won't go another season without a major trophy at Real Madrid.
Top scorer: Robin van Persie could win this at a canter if he stays fit.
Player of the year: I fancy Luiz Suarez to have a great first full season.
Best young gun: Javier Hernandez will be among the goals again.
Biggest flop: I can see Charlie Adam being a disappointment at Liverpool.
Best buy: Sergio Aguero will set the Premier League alight.Sack race winner: Neil Warnock won't last long if QPR get off to a bad start.
Alex Dunn - @SkySportsAlDunn
Title winner: Manchester City will be stronger than ever having got the monkey off their back with last season's FA Cup win, but it'll be neighbours United celebrating a 20th title in May.
Top four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal
Relegated: Blackburn, Norwich, QPR, although Newcastle could be drawn into a mix that will include all the regulars.
Surprise package: All three promoted clubs might be better than people think, but Swansea could prove tough to beat at home. Either that, or they'll get 11 points.
Championship winner: Leicester should win it but I can see Big Sam sorting West Ham out and taking them up as champions.
Champions League winner: Jose Mourinho will have worked out a plan - legal or otherwise - to beat Barcelona by the end of the season.
Top scorer: If United sign Sneijder and Rooney operates further up the pitch I can see the England man topping the charts.
Player of the year: David Silva should have a big season, while Jack Wilshere will have to step up if Arsenal sell Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Best young gun: All the talk has been about Tom Cleverley but Chris Smalling could be a regular for club and country by the end of the season.
Biggest flop: For all the talk I'm still not convinced Liverpool have bought well enough to be competing for the title. They'll push for fourth but no more.
Best buy: DJ Campbell at £1.25 looks a real steal. If he can score double figures it's a fair return on a modest fee.
Sack race winner: Steve Kean may be a chicken plucker by the end of September.
Graeme Bailey - @SkyGraemeBailey
Title winner: Man United - just can't see beyond them after their summer spending
Top four: Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal - I am not on board with the Liverpool bandwagon just yet but will be close run thing.
Relegated: Anyone from six, but Norwich, QPR and Wigan
Surprise package: Wolves - Could push for a top half finish with good start
Championship winner: Middlesbrough - Tony Mowbray has Boro playing best football in the division!
Champions League winner: Barcelona - Still miles ahead of anyone
Top scorer: Andy Carroll - Will start to repay some of his huge price tag
Player of the year: David Silva - Could be sensational for City this year
Best young gun: Tom Cleverley - Looks on course to have a big season
Biggest flop: Jordan Henderson - Just no way he will be able to live up to £16million billing
Best buy: Stewart Downing - Liverpool needed a good crosser of the ball for Carroll and they got one of the best around.
Sack race winner: Neil Warnock - mainly due to behind the scenes struggles, although David Moyes could decide to walk before him.
Mark Buckingham - @SkySportsbucko
Title winner: Manchester United - still the team to beat and look a stronger squad than last season.
Top four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal. Despite Fabregas and Nasri being likely to leave, I think Arsenal will just edge out Liverpool.
Relegated: Wigan, Norwich, QPR. This could be the year when Wigan fall by the wayside.
Surprise package: Stoke City - Pulis has made some good signings and there's the promise of more to come.
Championship winner: Leicester City - a raft of new signings but Sven knows how to get the right blend.
Champions League winner: Barcelona - predictable, but squad will only be stronger if Fabregas joins.
Top scorer: Robin van Persie - it may be a big if, but if Van Persie stays fit he should easily top 20 goals.
Player of the year: David Silva - with Tevez potentially on his way, Silva is the man to step up to the plate for Manchester City.
Best young gun: Chris Smalling. Impressed at right-back in the Community Shield and this looks like being a big season for the Manchester United defender.
Biggest flop: Marton at West Brom. Oh, you mean flop not Fulop. In that case, either Jordan Henderson or David de Gea. A lot of money spent on Henderson, while De Gea will be under the microscope.
Best buy: Shay Given - losing Brad Friedel was a blow to Aston Villa, but they have signed a better keeper in landing Given from Manchester City.
Sack race winner: Steve Kean - not too many trigger happy chairmen in the Premier League, so Kean is the obvious choice, particularly if Blackburn have a bad start.
Rob Parrish - @SkySportsRobP
Title winner: Manchester United. Hard to look beyond the 19-times winners after their summer transfer activity.
Top four: United, Chelsea, City and Arsenal. Liverpool and Tottenham remain just outside the elite.
Relegated: Wigan, QPR, Blackburn.
Surprise package: West Brom. Flourished under Roy Hodgson and could impress further.
Championship winner: Leicester. With Sven-Goran Eriksson at the helm and money to spend, they could be the team to beat.
Champions League winner: Barcelona. The way they took United apart at Wembley in May was simply stunning.
Top scorer: Darren Bent. Not the most glamorous selection, but the Villa forward is a regular source of goals.
Player of the year: Luis Suarez. Superb at times for Liverpool following his January arrival.
Best young gun: Connor Wickham. England Under-21 striker should be given opportunities to shine with Sunderland.
Biggest flop: Charlie Adam. I like him as a player, but just not sure how he will fit in at Liverpool.
Best buy: It may take him time to settle, but Sergio Aguero is a real star-quality signing.
Sack race winner: Neil Warnock. Probably through no fault of his own, but the owners at Loftus Road look trigger-happy.
Chris Harvey - @Skysportswebed
Title winner: Man Utd
Top four: Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool
Relegated: Wigan, QPR, Norwich
Surprise package: Swansea
Championship winner: Leicester
Champions League winner: Barcelona
Top scorer: Fernando Torres
Player of the year: Luis Suarez
Best young gun: Chris Smalling
Biggest flop: David De Gea
Best buy: Stewart Downing
Sack race winner: Steve Kean
James Pearson - @SkySportsPeo
Title winner: Manchester United
Top four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool
Relegated: Wolves, Norwich, QPR
Surprise package: Swansea
Championship winner: Leicester
Champions League winner: Barcelona
Top scorer: Sergio Aguero
Player of the year: Wayne Rooney
Best young gun: Jack Wilshere
Biggest flop: Radosav Petrovic
Best buy: Charles N'Zogbia
Sack race winner: Neil Warnock