It's all set up for Glenn Hoddle's Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux tonight.
New season, new pitch, new hopes . . . but still the same old sense of pessimistic reality that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong.
Even the confident Hoddle himself warns that tonight's first home game of the campaign against Crystal Palace might prove tougher than Saturday's season-opening results would suggest.
Just a couple of hours or so before Wolves strode purposefully into battle with a wellearned point at Southampton, tonight's guests were getting off to a nightmare start.
Iain Dowie's relegated side lost 2-1 at home to promoted Luton Town - in the same dodgy fashion that Wolves started life back at this level after relegation when they lost at Stoke a year ago. Hoddle expects a backlash this evening.
"I don't think it was a good result for us," he said. "They've had a bit of a shock and when that happens, it makes players extra determined to put it right."
It hardly helps ease Wolves' fans fears that Palace arrive at Molineux tonight with the most prized striker in the Championship, former Birmingham City favourite Andrew Johnson, still in their ranks. But Hoddle prefers to think about his own side's strengths.
"He's a terrific player," said Hoddle. "He's international quality. He was a genuine threat in the Premiership, so he's obviously going to be in the Championship and it's a big boost for them to have got him signed up again.
"But, on the positive side, we had a very good performance in a game we deserved to have won, an away point from a place where teams will find it difficult to get any points."
Jody Craddock was missing at St Mary's in the wake of a calf-muscle problem but Rob Edwards deputised so well that Hoddle may not hurry Craddock back and may instead rely again on a central defensive pairing of Edwards and Joleon Lescott.
"I just felt three weeks is a long time to be out," said Hoddle. "To be thrown straight back in was a bit of a risk and Rob Edwards did excellently."
An even trickier decision, given his already stated preference for juggling his squad this season, may be whether skipper Paul Ince, who had to overcome a knock to play at St Mary's, will lead the Wolves team out in front of an expected Molineux full house tonight.
"I'm not saying he won't play," said Hoddle. "But Paul put a lot of energy into Saturday's game, it's going to be a long, hard season and it's my decision as to whether he can play three games in seven days."
One player who definitely
will not figure tonight is Henri Camara, who yesterday completed his £3 million move to Wigan Athletic - and Hoddle is just pleased it's all sorted.
"He's a good player," said Hoddle. "But I don't want players who aren't going to be here and I have to say [chief executive] Jez Moxey has done good business there.
"I owe him a beer as I said he wouldn't get £3 million but, never mind all the loan fees the club have already received for him, to get that sort of money for somebody who didn't want to be here is all credit to our chief executive."
Palace made a torrid start on their return to the Championship with a 2-1 defeat at home to Luton and Dowie has called for a big improvement.
The manager's reaction to the weekend defeat demonstrated his anger. He said: "We didn't pass the ball well enough, we didn't defend with enough shape, we didn't press when we had to and we didn't take opportunities when we had to and our desire was not as good as it usually is."
Not a happy man, then.