Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair believes that the Welsh club have the capacity to surprise teams in their debut season in the Premier League and claims that the squad is strong enough to have a successful year.
The club begin their campaign with a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on FA Cup winners Manchester City on Monday evening, and the England under-21 international winger insists that there is no pressure on Brendan Rodgers' side this season.
"Everyone's expecting us to lose, I think we'll surprise a few people and a few teams," Sinclair told BBC Sport.
"I think it's a good thing we're the underdogs going into games.
"Everyone's writing us off right now. Every time we go into a game there's no pressure whatsoever. From my point of view, and obviously with the team, we can play our normal game.
"We can't get criticised [for] what we're doing because they're writing us off already."
Sinclair arrived at the Liberty Stadium from Chelsea last summer, and has been joined by Danny Graham, Wayne Routledge, Leroy Lita and Dutch keeper Michael Vorm this transfer window, as the Swans have strengthened their squad in preparation of their return to English football's top flight for the first time in two decades.
And Sinclair believes the new additions will provide competition for places for the players that led the side to promotion last time around.
"The gaffer's brought in some players and I think it will help us," added Sinclair.
"They've settled in very well and I think they've added some quality to the squad and should help us through the season.
"More competition makes the squad more healthy and everyone's trying that little bit extra in training."
Although their first opponents have title aspirations, Sinclair believes that his side will not be fazed and that they just cannot wait to get the season underway.
"Everyone's excited to kick off the season. There's a real big buzz still going on, around Swansea and the team."