Premiership team guide

There are three new faces in New Zealand's national football league this season as the competition undergoes its biggest revamp since the move to franchises 12 years ago.

The first round of the Stirling Sports Premiership takes place this weekend, with Sunday's grand final rematch between Auckland City and Team Wellington the pick of the games, while there will also be plenty of interest in how newcomers Eastern Suburbs, Hamilton Wanderers and Tasman United fare. 

As the season gets underway, Stuff's football reporters have run the rule over each club's prospects.