Relegated Lokomotiv have never played a game in D4 until this season, so in that sense, they will expect to bounce straight back to D3.
Celtic will be another relegated team hoping history is on their side. They have played just one season in D4 before. And finished first.
Lyon must have one of the worst records in Top 100. Almost every season has been worse than the previous one, and the general direction of travel has most definitely been downwards for this former D1 club.
Like Loko and Lyon, Sunderland also recorded their worst ever finish in Top 100 last season. New manager Warren Livesey will do well to prevent another drop into D5.
Of last season’s playoff losers, River Plate are well placed to make up for their end of season disappointment last time, and reach D3 for the first time in the club’s history.
Sao Paulo missed out in similar fashion to River Plate, and history suggests they will make the playoffs again, at least.
Of last season’s promoted teams, Marseille had a similar record of continual decline to Lyon’s up until S10.