Dundee United get their promotion bid under way with a clash of title favourites in Inverness.
Relegated Caley Thistle are aiming for a swift return to the top flight and are fancied to be the Tangerines’ biggest challengers for the Championship crown.
And an opening-day meeting of the two gives Ray McKinnon’s men a chance to get an early leg-up on Caley.
The first home game of the league season is a repeat of last with Queen of the South travelling to Tannadice on August 12.
The Tangerines start off 2018 with an Angus derby at home to newly-promoted Brechin City.
Then the end of the season has some tough matches to be negotiated, should United be in a title challenge with three away games in the last five.
Those are at Morton, Dumbarton and Queens with a tricky match at Tannadice against Falkirk in the middle before ending the season at home to Livingston.
United, though, will have a new look about them as Ray reshapes the playing squad.
Getting those to gel will be major task for the management team but that won’t stop the Tangerines being the bookies’ favourites to top the division.
But who will they be up against at the top of the table?
After relegation from the Premiership last season, Caley will be challengers for the Championship crown.
There is uncertainty, however, in the Highlands after Richie Foran was replaced as manager by John Robertson.
Robertson has history at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, having been in charge for the club’s last promotion to the top flight.
The Inverness board are banking on him repeating that feat as they aim to do what United couldn’t last season — go up at the first time of asking.
The Tangerines’ comeback victory in the play-offs at Falkirk was one of the nights of the season.
Former United favourite Peter Houston’s side have been knocking on the door of the Premiership for some time now and will be there or thereabouts once again.
A play-off spot is theirs for sure, challenging for the title might be beyond them, however.
Jim Duffy’s Manager of the Year award was more than deserved for a superb first three-quarters of the season.
A few players have moved on and repeating a play-off place next season will be tough but, going by last campaign, they shouldn’t be written off.
Optimism surrounds the Paisley club after their impressive escape from what, at some points, looked certain relegation.
And keeping hold of manager Jack Ross despite Dundee’s interest is another big plus point for the Buddies.
Ross looks to have added quality to his side, despite losing key player Stevie Mallan, and fancy themselves to challenge at the top.
The Pars probably under-performed last season and will want to put that right this time around.
A really poor start gave them too much ground to make up but Allan Johnston has slowly put together a decent outfit.
Queen of the South
Queens have been a regular top-half finisher since returning to the Championship and were disappointed to miss out on the play-offs last campaign.
Gary Naysmith’s men are unlikely to have the quality to mount a serious title challenge but, with striker Stephen Dobbie in their ranks, they can damage any team’s hopes of promotion.