Leicester will be hoping to put the wheels in motion for an early return to the Premier League when they host Coventry in their Championship opener on Sunday.
The King Power Stadium will be the scene for what could be a fascinating clash between two former representatives of England’s top-flight division.
Last season, Leicester suffered the ignominy of relegation, and although they saw James Maddison and Harvey Barnes depart, they have brought in Conor Coady and Harry Winks which should help shore things up.
Coventry, in the meantime, fell at the last hurdle in the play-offs as they lost in the Final against Luton at Wembley.
Although it can be premature to make any cast-iron judgements about any side as they prepare for their first game of the new season, it is one that I will be watching with great interest.
And to whet your appetite, I have scurried around and picked out a couple of tempting tips for you to gorge on.
Leicester to prevail in a kamikaze game
Professionalism is the operative word here for Leicester. While the Championship is of course a step down in terms of quality compared to the Premier League, it is still one of the most fiercely contested leagues in England, and you can’t give an inch.
It will be interesting to see how they line up under Enzo Maresca, and while pre-season isn’t always an accurate barometer of a team’s progress, a 4-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool wasn’t ideal preparation.
That said, the Championship is a marathon and not a sprint, and Leicester will have a busier schedule with 46 fixtures to contend with.
Last term, the Foxes were far from watertight at the back, leaking 68 goals, while Coventry netted 58 times in the Championship, conceding 46.
But Coventry could well rue selling prolific striker Viktor Gyokeres, who struck 23 times last term, to Sporting Lisbon.
This match could well be a thriller with plenty of goals, and for my first pick, I have gone with Leicester to take all three points & Both Teams to Score, which is trading at an inviting 23/10 with Paddy Power.
Kelechi Iheanacho the head boy
Although he was hardly lethal last season, managing just five goals in 28 Premier League appearances (17 of these were as a substitute), Kelechi Iheanacho could take the Championship by storm.
He is usually good at sniffing out the chance and if he can prove himself, then he could well give defenders a nightmare.
As mentioned, this could be a game that witnesses a flurry of goals, and a few chances could well drop to Iheanacho.
And for my second pick, I have gravitated towards the specials. If you fancy Iheanacho to score with a header during the 90 minutes, he is priced at 9/1 to do so with William Hill which is worth exploring further.