thanks to signings like Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton), James Collins (Villa), George McCartney (Sunderland) and Mohamed Diame (Wigan). And with Sam Allardyce at the helm, the Hammers could sail well clear of trouble.
Paul Davies: You can’t really look beyond West Ham. They may have been promoted via the back door of the play-offs, but of the Premier League’s three newest sides they are the club with the wealth of top-flight experience. As a fan, the Reds’ visit to the Boleyn Ground looks far more daunting than a trip to Southampton or Reading – especially with more signings likely.
Steve Bartram: Given the way they surged through the second half of last season, Reading come into the Premier League with the greatest momentum of all three promoted teams. Manager Brian McDermott got the best out of his squad and had them playing some terrific, fearless football. Their team ethic shone through and that oneness will be invaluable in making the step up to the Premier League.