Bohemians are coming from a season in which defied expectations, as they were widely expected to battle against the drop, but were never under genuine threat of going down and even flirted with European places at times.
The Bohs are known as well-run club that is not too well-off financially and the winter that is behind them was pretty much normal business resuming for them, as they once again lost some important players in Lorcan Fitzgerald, Fuad Sule and the promising Warren O'Hora.
However, in Keith Long, they have a rather experienced manager who is Shrews in the transfer market, and the Bohs have brought in a mixture of promise and proven Premier League quality - they have two men from Bray coming in in Karl Moore, have completed the capture of Kevin Devaney, who impressed despite suffering relegation with Galway, and also signed Daragh Leahy from Coventry, who is expected to become a regular in defence.
When looking at their squad player by player, the Bohs look like potential relegation candidates and certainly a lot depends on how their new back four will function.
However, Long has a track record of getting his side to punch above their weight and will once again be expected to do the same.
An improvement on their last season's results looks unlikely. They would be happy to finish inside the lower midtable places.