Leicester City manager Micky Adams has said he is delighted that the Walkers Stadium will be hosting its first Barclaycard Premiership on the opening day of the new season against his old club Southampton.
The former Saints left-back embarks on his first full season in top flight management after bringing The Foxes straight back up from Division One and will be eager to get off to a good start against last season's FA Cup finalists.
Speaking exclusively to leaguemanagers.com shortly after the fixtures for the 2003-04 season were released, he said: "Obviously it's got a great deal of significance for me being an ex-Southampton player. But they've qualified for Europe through the FA Cup and I think they've shown last season what a terrific team they are."
The second Saturday of the season, August 23, sees City travel to Stamford Bridge for what is sure to be a very difficult meeting with Claudio Ranieri's Champions League contenders.
Micky admitted he hasn't yet considered how he will go about attempting to get a result against some of the top flight's big boys.
"Well we've not really thought too much about it. I think if we approach the Chelsea game, and similarly the games at Manchester United and Arsenal, and think we've got to attack them and take the game to them then we might have a tough time," he conceded.
"I think what we've got to do when we go to those teams is think more defensively, which will certainly give them more problems."
Steve Howey has been drafted in to bolster the back line and the manager is hoping he can recruit a few more reinforcements before the summer training gets underway.
"We're still a few players short that's for sure, I'd like to bring in a few more players. I do feel at the moment we've got a squad that's capable of doing well in the Premiership but there's still a few weeks to go yet of the close-season before we get back to pre-season (training), and hopefully we'll add a few more to the squad."
Adams's previous Premiership experience came in the last four games of the 2001-02 season with the club already consigned to the Nationwide League. He is looking forward to a full season at the helm in the top division with what he believes will be a much more confident group of players.
"I think a good season would certainly be survival in the Premiership. We're bringing back a similar group of players who have all had longer playing together now and have got a bit more confidence than they had when they got relegated from the Premiership two seasons ago."
But Adams knows it won't be easy, as he conceded: "It counts for something but it won't count for a lot because you play against world class players."