After winning the Championship by eight points in 2012/13, Cardiff City have left their promoted buddies in the shade with their £28m summer spending spree and should be rewarded with survival, for which they can be backed at 21/50.
Cardiff topped the Championship last term thanks to a potent mixture of miserly defence and a goal threat diffused throughout the team.
The rear guard was the division’s second tightest, whilst their goal haul was only bettered by Watford and Crystal Palace, suggesting a good balance between defence and attack in their tactical make-up.
No fewer than 10 players chipped in with four or more league goals, which made up for their lack of a reliable goalscorer up front.
Frazier Campbell may have appeared just that when blasting seven goals in 12 appearances after his January move, but his goal-scoring knack has failed to translate into the top flight before after a prolific loan period with promotion-winning Hull City in 2007/08.
Andreas Cornelius is the man tasked with assuming that mantle, but only time will tell if the goalscoring nous that brought him 18 goals in 32 Danish Supaliga appearances last term will translate to the Premier League.
Elsewhere the signings they have brought in are more immediately convincing, with new centre-half Steven Caulker having already aided South Wales rivals Swansea in avoiding the drop whilst on loan from Tottenham in 2011/12.
Meanwhile they may have paid though the nose for the acquisition of Gary Medel from Sevilla, but the man known as “El Pitbull” looks just the kind of player to add combativeness to their midfield, providing creative attackers Kim Bo-Hyung and Peter Whittingham the platform from which to cause havoc.
City string-puller Malky Mackay is hoping to make two further additions to his squad before the window closes, which should ensure he has by far the strongest collective of the newly promoted sides.
Mackay has a cohesive winning unit to which he has added a trio of quality players with experience in European top flights, at Europa League and international level and they have easily the best chance of the three promoted clubs of beating the drop.