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The wait is almost over! Premier League 2014-15 season preview for our Midland clubs

Leicester City players celebrate after winning the Championship title last season Photo: Tom Yates/PA Wire

Last season was a campaign that certainly will not be forgotten anytime soon. Leicester City began the party early by securing promotion to the Premier League with six remaining fixtures, and then completed the celebrations by securing the number one Championship spot with two games remaining - and now - they face the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Leicester City were relegated from the Premier League a decade ago. Last season, they were pretty much flawless, so it will be interesting to see how they will shape up this time round in the top flight.

Manager Nigel Pearson signed a new three-year contract in June keeping him at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Some new signings on the pitch include Matthew Upson and Marc Albrighton. Both should bring some much needed top flight experience once the Foxes line up to face some of the world's best.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, captain Wes Morgan, David Nugent and Danny Drinkwater all stood out last season - their role will be key in Leicester's fight in the top division.

The Foxes get their season underway at home to Everton. Some may agree that it will be a tough first fixture, but nevertheless, one the fans will have certainly been looking forward to for a very long time.

Mark Hughes led Stoke City from strength to strength last season securing a ninth place finish - their highest finish in the league in almost 40 years. A top of the table finish will surely be the aim again this season.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

23-year-old Bojan Krkic has joined Stoke from Spanish giants Barcelona. He came through their youth academy so is certainly a player to keep an eye out for.

The Potters get their campaign underway with a clash at home to local rivals Aston Villa. Last season Stoke won both of their encounters against Villa - so many will be tipping them for the win on the opening day.

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic scores during the pre-season friendly at the Britannia Stadium Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Aston Villa will be looking for progress after last season's underwhelming 15th place finish. Over the summer Roy Keane was confirmed as Paul Lambert's new assistant - a signing which will surely bring further expertise to the managing team.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (right) and assistant Roy Keane Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Joe Cole will also become a familiar face down at Villa Park after signing a two-year-deal with the club on a free transfer.

Swiss defender Philippe Senderos is one to keep an eye out for - he too agreed a two-year-deal at Villa at the beginning of the summer.

Switzerland's Philippe Senderos during the World Cup Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Villa will of course be without Marc Albrighton who left to join newly-promoted Leicester.

Paul Lambert's side get their new season off to a start with a short trip up the M6 to local rivals Stoke.

Last season was one that the fans at West Bromwich Albion will surely not hold any memories of. They managed only seven wins and stayed in the Premier League by just three points.

The departure of Pepe Mel saw the appointment of Alan Irvine.

Former Albion boss Pepe Mel Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

On the signing sheet it has been a pretty good summer for the Baggies. Joleon Lescott, Sébastien Pocognoli, Brown Ideye have all put pen to paper - and will surely be among the one's to look out for.

West Bromwich Albion's new record signing, Brown Ideye Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Andre Wisdom has also signed on a season-long loan from Liverpool and goalkeeper Ben Foster extended his deal to a further four-years.

Alan Irvine will get his sides new campaign underway at The Hawthorns as they take on Sunderland on the opening day.

Alan Irvine - the new man in charge of West Brom Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport

You can follow action on the opening weekend of the season via the ITV Sport website.