Five Key Matches
v Tottenham Hotspur (H) on August 14
A win in the first game of the season against a strong Spurs outfit would send confidence flying sky high.
v Manchester United (H) on December 4
A Nightmare Before Christmas and its tough run of games, this could be The Special One.
v Stoke City (A) on February 2
If the season got derailed at New Year, this might be the game to put them back on track, with more winnable games soon after.
v Liverpool (A) on April 2
The Merseyside derby is always an amazing spectacle and could be crucial for either club so late in the season
v Chelsea (H) on April 30
The run home starts with a tough clash, with Swansea, Watford and Arsenal to follow.
SBS Host Lucy Zelic's Prediction: 10th
A mid-table finish last season cost Roberto Martinez his job with Ronald Koeman making the move from Southampton. The Dutchman will be given every opportunity by the club’s board to re-shape the team with a Europa League spot not out of the picture if he gets it right.