With the new Football League season underway this weekend, Standard Sport assesses the campaigns that lie ahead for London's clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.
The Bees go into the season without top scorer Ollie Watkins after his £28million move to Aston Villa, but confident of pushing for promotion.
Brentford, who must bounce back from their Wembley Play-Off Final failure last season, have signed Ivan Toney from Peterborough to replace Watkins and are among the favourites to go up. Toney, the top scorer in League One last season, should guarantee goals.
Boss Thomas Frank also expects to lose Said Benrahma this month, but he still has one of the most talented squads in the division.
Brentford start away at Birmingham on Saturday, before ushering in a new era next Saturday with the first competitive game at their new 17,250-seater stadium.
Gary Rowett’s record would have secured a top-six finish had he been in charge for the whole of last season and the Lions begin the campaign with their sights set firmly on a play-off place.
Rowett’s biggest challenge will be to remain competitive with one of the League’s smallest squads, having underwhelmed after the restart.
There have been few changes this summer, but the capture of Tottenham’s Troy Parrott on loan is a major coup. Last season’s loanees Mason Bennett and Ryan Woods are back, along with new left-back Scott Malone. The departure of head of recruitment Alex Aldridge to tomorrow’s opponents Stoke has disrupted the club’s other transfer plans.
Having sold Eberechi Eze to Crystal Palace, the big question is: how will Rangers cope without their star man?
Losing one of the best players in the Championship is a huge blow and Rangers also look set to lose Palace and Celtic target Bright Osayi-Samuel.
But manager Mark Warburton is optimistic they can improve on their 13th-placed finish last season.
Only Hull and Luton conceded more goals then QPR in the division last season, so they need to tighten up at the back. But they have a promising crop of young players and Warburton hopes Ilias Chair, a 5ft 1in Moroccan, can fill the void left by Eze. There are also high hopes for new signing Lyndon Dykes.
It has been another summer of change at Watford, with Vladimir Ivic appointed to get them straight back into the Premier League.
Troy Deeney has joked that Ivic looks at him “like he wants to kill him” and Ben Foster says the new manager has been working the players “like dogs” in training, so there is plenty of intrigue about how Watford will fare.
Deeney says Ivic is a “real nice guy” behind his stoney-faced demeanour but, whatever his management style, nothing less than promotion will do.
There remains uncertainty around the future of Deeney, but new signing Glenn Murray should guarantee goals. Ivic will hope to lay down an early marker at home against Middlesbrough tonight.
Off-field turmoil continues to undermine Charlton, whose future remains uncertain while they wait on a proposed takeover by Danish businessman Thomas Sandgaard.
Relegated from the Championship last season, the Addicks head into the new campaign following a summer of more boardroom chaos, court hearings and protests.
Sandgaard hopes his takeover will bring some stability, but it is being held up while Paul Elliott seeks an injection against the sale of the club.
In the meantime, a transfer embargo has left Lee Bowyer with a youthful squad that he says has “no chance” of promotion unless signings are made.
The Dons will play their home matches at Loftus Road until their new stadium at Plough Lane is ready next month and they are likely to be up against it from the off.
Wimbledon finished 20th in League One last season and only stayed up by 0.06 of a point when the campaign was decided on a points-per-game basis.
Moving back to Plough Lane will give them a lift, but it is set to be another struggle against relegation.
Having had Yaya Toure training with them over the summer and Harry Kane sponsoring their shirts for the coming season, manager Ross Embleton will hope some of that star quality rubs off on his players, as Orient bid for another season of progression in League Two.
Promotion looks a tough ask, but they have stability on and off the pitch, unlike some of the other clubs in the division, and should have enough to stay away from danger.