Just a few short weeks ago QPR found themselves propping up the Premier League table as Harry Redknapp fired excuses at the media like mortars into a war-torn town.
With 15 matches clocked up they are now looking down on three less fortunate foes from their 17th-place position of power, a standing they will gladly kill for once the final whistle hoots on game 38.
But why settle for an uncomfortable resting place on the hinge of the Premier League trapdoor when a top-half finish remains plausible?
The number crunchers at bwin towers may not necessarily agree as they go 16/1 about the R’s ending the season in the upper echelons, but there are enough reasons to inspire a punt on this particular wager.
They’ve got a goalscorer in form.
Assuming Charlie Austin remains on song the Super Hoops have every chance of scaling the top ten.
He has bagged six in his last seven outings to take his seasonal tally to eight.
Only Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez can currently best that total.
Loftus Road is fast becoming something of a fortress.
The R’s west London stronghold has yielded ten points from the last 12 on offer.
Hull and Liverpool are the only opponents to escape with maximum points, though both were more than a little lucky to have done so.
In each of their last six on the homestead at least two goals have been plundered, while all the visitors to finish in last term’s bottom half, aside from the Tigers, have departed empty handed.
Redknapp has a track record of ending the season strongly.
Nine wins from 11 matches from mid-February in the 2009/10 campaign enabled Tottenham to qualify for the Champions League in the R’s boss’ first full season at White Hart Lane.
His second stint at Portsmouth (the 2005/06 campaign in which relegation was heroically staved off) saw them win six from nine leading up to the final game of the season to beat the drop.
Another winning run of this ilk could easily result in QPR landing this bet.