Sounds as if we’ll be safe by Christmas again, setting us up nicely for Everton away on Dec 28. With another home banker (Chelsea) to end the season, a top six finish looms.
Or is Salut! Sunderland dreaming? Should we be confident, or fearful? Determined to get a point or more from the opening game (Fernando Torres is apparently quaking in his boots already) or relieved that at least West Brom are away to Arsenal, the Mags at Man Utd?
For the full list – draconian, not to say criminal, copyright rules prevent us from giving it – go to the BBC site. The pre-season friendlies are listed too.