Few Premier League teams have so consistently cheated the Premier League relegation noose in recent seasons as Aston Villa and Sunderland.
Experts in rousing themselves from zombification when all seems lost, the duo are 9/4 and 11/4 for demotion in 2015/16 respectively.
Ahead of the new campaign both sides are splashing the cash in order to avoid spending the majority of another season wandering lemming-like towards the second tier of English football.
Two distinct approaches to doing so are evident from the signings the pair have made to date.
Villa have been the more active, bolstering their squad to the tune of nine faces, the vast majority of whom are unproven in the Premier League.
Sunderland, on the other hand, have made only four signings, or five if the compulsory purchase of Santiago Vergini is included in the incomings.
The fact that he has already been shipped out to Getafe on loan, suggests his acquisition was philosophically distinct from those of Jeremain Lens, Sebastian Coates, Adam Matthews and Younes Kaboul.
Of the remaining quartet Lens and Matthews have extensive experience at a continental level, while Kaboul and belatedly Coates are proven centre-halves in the domestic top flight.
Bringing in experienced professionals may, on the face of it, be a less risky proposition than buying up a raft of those yet to prove they can cut it at Premier League or commensurate level.
Yet it seems bizarre that a side that had the 14th best defence in the division, even after shipping eight goals in a single freak match against Southampton, should focus their recruitment on their rearguard.
Their attack was the joint-second least effective in 2014/15, while they averaged less shots per game than any other side.
Villa may have taken a greater gamble on the effectiveness of their new recruits, but most will offer new hope and excitement in positions where their incumbents, the departed Christian Benteke apart, had failed to thrill last term.
As such, the second-city side can be better seen to have addressed their weaknesses through the players they have purchased.