Manager: Steve Davis
Position last season: 7th in League Two
Nickname: Alex, the Railwaymen
Ground: Gresty Road
Players in: Mark Ellis (Torquay, undisclosed), Gregor Robertson (Chesterfield, free), Mathias Pogba (Wrexham, nominal), Abdul Osman (AO Kerkyra, free), Michael West (Ebbsfleet, nominal)
Players out: Nick Powell (Manchester United, undisclosed), David Artell (Port Vale, free), Shaun Miller (Sheffield United, undisclosed), Lee Bell, Carl Martin, Jordan Brown, Danny Shelley, Jason Oswell, Caspar Hughes, Michael Koral, Danny Ting, Jordan Connerton (all released)
Key man: Mathias Pogba - The confident 21-year-old striker is keen to prove himself after signing from Wrexham this summer and is a handful if in the right mood.
Chances: Rookie manager Davis surprised many by leading Alex to League Two play-off glory and his vibrant young squad will have the odds stacked against them once more.