2012 saw a roller coaster of highs and lows in the English Premier League, from the thrilling last-gasp 2011/12 title decider to a glut of heavily lopsided scorelines in the first half of 2012/13.
Many Premier League teams will greet 2013 with more dread than cheer. Any bounce from the trademark Harry Redknapp magic will have to be massive to keep QPR up, and the signs so far are not promising. Reading seem equally certain for the drop. Newcastle, recipients of one of the year's more spectacular pastings in their last match of 2012, must be wondering where all of last season's sparkle vanished to.
But plenty of EPL teams have reason to face the new year with optimism. Here are five who are especially looking forward to 2013.