Crystal Palace's first Premier League match in eight years sees them face a tough test against Tottenham at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Palace – who won promotion from the Championship via the play-off final last term – will battle history in their bid to avoid relegation this season.
The club have featured in four Premier League seasons, but been relegated on each occasion.
Ian Holloway has made several additions to his squad, with striker Dwight Gayle, who arrived from Peterborough United for a fee in the region of £4.5million, the headline arrival.
Midfielders Jose Campana - formerly of Sevilla - and Stephen Dobbie - signed from Brighton and Hove Albion - joined Palace following promotion, as did ex-Arsenal forward Marouane Chamakh, while Holloway raided former club Blackpool to sign veteran Kevin Phillips permanently, along with Elliot Grandin.
Defender Florian Marange also completed a switch to Selhurst Park on the eve of the new campaign, penning a one-year deal to bring to an end his long association with Ligue 1 outift Bordeaux.
Phillips, who scored the only goal in Palace's 1-0 play-off final win over Watford while on loan last season, is now 40, meaning that the burden of responsibility to lead the line week in, week out will likely fall to Gayle, Chamakh and Glenn Murray.
Murray scored 30 Championship goals last term, but he suffered a serious knee injury in the play-offs and is not expected to feature until the second half of the season.
Joining Murray on the sidelines is winger Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) while midfielder Jonathan Parr is a doubt due to ankle problem.
Tottenham have strengthened in the close-season, but they will be without Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who is still suffering from an apparent foot injury.
Bale – who has been the subject of a reported world record bid from Real Madrid – is thought to be keen to quit Tottenham and move to the Spanish capital.
Striker Roberto Soldado (Valencia), winger Nacer Chadli (Twente) and midfield pair Paulinho (Corinthians) and Etienne Capoue (Toulouse) have all arrived at White Hart Lane, while there have also been several departures.
Heading that list are attacker Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), defender Steven Caulker (Cardiff) and midfielder Tom Huddlestone (Hull City), but Tottenham will still feel confident of achieving a top-four finish.
Soldado scored 30 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for Valencia last season and arrives at White Hart Lane with a big reputation.
Apart from Bale, Tottenham's only other significant injury worry is Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen (ankle).
The two sides have met just three times since the turn of the century, with the most recent fixture ending in a 3-0 win to Palace in January 2005.
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