Crystal Palace, Hull City and Cardiff City are the three teams who have been promoted from the Championship this year, and despite their incredible achievement, it is difficult to see how they will survive the next season of Premier League football.
Despite Cardiff securing the Championship title, the fact that only three former winners have managed to avoid relegation the following season is cause for worry. Surely, with a squad overhaul at Sunderland and a managerial change at Stoke, initial predictions about the teams that will face the ignominy of relegation are mixed.
However, the lack of a reliable goalscorer at Cardiff, the loss of a star player in Zaha and a lack of confidence on part of the manager at Crystal Palace, and a certain unpredictability about formation and tactics at Hull (3 man defence in the EPL?) means that these three teams have some work to do ahead of the next season.
It comes as little surprise therefore that Crystal Palace at 1.57 (Coral), Hull City at 1.7 (Ladbrokes) and Cardiff City at 2.88 (Boylesports) are the favourites to be relegated come the 2013-14 season.