Last season it was a fairytale for lowly little Leicester City – but can they make it a Midlands miracle by snaring back-to-back Premier League titles?
Despite being 5000 to 1 outsiders, Leicester defied those insane odds to clinch the title comfortably and nailed a spot in this season's Champions League.
With a squad costing less than what most big clubs pay for just one player, Leicester barn-stormed through the Premier League big guns last season.
At every test – the Christmas crush of games, the away trips to face the giants of world football in their home fortresses – Leicester confounded the critics.
By the end of the season, the squad of nobodies were household names, from fast-breaking striking sensation Jamie Vardy to playmaker Riyad Mahrez to captain Wes Morgan and keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Yet just 12 months before, they only escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth.
The exit of coach Nigel Pearson - who had successfully managed to do just enough to dodge the drop - proved the catalyst that changed everything for the Foxes.
In came Claudio Rainieri, but even his glowing CV – with coaching credentials earned in charge at Chelsea, Inter, Juventus, Roma and Atletico Madrid – gave little hope of a turnaround.
He left Chelsea under a cloud after being dubbed the Tinkerman for constantly rotating his squad, leading to owner Roman Abramovich sacking him and saying he’d never win anything.
And he joined Leicester fresh from being axed from the top job at Greece within four months after a loss to the tiny Faroe Islands in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
This time though, the wily veteran showed you could teach an old dog new tricks.
He stuck by the same core squad throughout the season, and played to their strengths, employing a staunch defence and quick breaking counter attack to destroy everyone in their path.
Vardy’s speed, self-belief and talent in front of goal shocked the big guns to begin with – but even once they realised he was a danger to fear, they still couldn’t defuse his bombing runs.
He set a new record of scoring in 10 Premier League games on the trot, taking the title from Manchester United legend Ruud Van Nistelrooy, en route to a season tally of 24 goals, second only to Harry Kane’s 25-goal haul.
And Algerian Mahrez was a revelation – his set pieces, wonder strikes and and visionary passes were key, providing 17 goals and 11 assists. Bought from Le Havre for just $670,000, he’s now valued at $60 million.
At the back, Morgan combined with Schmeichel, Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs to ensure the opposition scored just 38 against them all season.
In the end, they topped the league by 10 clear points, dashing the dreams of title glory for both Arsenal and Spurs in a year that saw traditional table-toppers like Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City stumble and fall by the wayside.
Former Socceroo Patrick Kisnorbo could barely believe the transformation in his old side from the club he spent four years with when they were at the bottom of the Championship table.
“It’s great for football, the club and the town of Leicester. No one expected Leicester to be where they finished,” Kisnorbo said.
“It shows it doesn’t matter who you have out there, if you get it right, you can beat anyone.”
This year will be a whole different ball game though. Even with an enhanced squad, Leicester’s European commitments will test the team to the max.
This time though, you can be sure no-one will be betting against them...