Nigel Pearson's side in his first full season in charge finished in 17th after trimming the wage bill with some key departures whilst integrating youth players into the side.
City comfortably disposed of the Tigers in their penultimate fixture and final home game, winning 5-0 in a win that began to win over fanst.
August could be a busy month with eight potential fixtures whilst there are at six fixtures confirmed, including a Severnside Derby against Cardiff City at Ashton Gate.
The start is favourable, facing two of the recently promoted teams in Sunderland and Wigan Athletic, whilst Blackpool, who recently appointed Michael Appleton finished lowly last year.
Supporters’ optimism has continued to grow after the astute transfer business that has been conducted early with more time for the new players to gel with their new teammates.
Following the release of the new fixtures, we take a look at the Championship’s predictions where City are ranked and on that basis where they are predicted to finish.
Our list starts with the teams tipped for relegation, before working their way up for potential Championship glory. Have City’s signings swayed the general public yet or is it just an internal feeling that this could be a positive year for the Robins?