Right now, even as I write, there is a side lurking in the lower reaches of the Premier League table who is set to thunder their way up the standings by the end of the season.
The bottom five or six clubs might all look equally hopeless, but each of them could be this latter-season phoenix, except perhaps for Burnley, who are already booking coaches for their Championship fixtures next season.
Last year Stoke mustered seven wins in their last 11 games to move from 16th to the top-half, while Crystal Palace’s form under Tony Pulis took them from the jaws of relegation to 11th.
A similar story happens almost every year in the Premier League, and punters that can identify the currently hapless side ready to claw their way up the standings will be rewarded with fine odds.
There are plenty of sides who have some potential – Hull are 8/1 for a top-half place and have a fine squad.
Elsewhere, Sunderland have only lost three times this year and are 10/1. The fact that one of those losses was 8-0 to Southampton might be a factor in those odds.
However, the side we fancy to really go on a charge over the rest of the year is QPR, who are a princely 20/1 to make it into the top half.
Once you’ve calmed down and stifled your giggles at the idea, it is worth taking into account the following factors when assessing the Rs’ chances.
Over the past four games, QPR have only picked up four points, but they’ve played Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in that run as well as beating Aston Villa, and were unfortunate to lose any of those games.
Liverpool needed the latest of goals to grab three points, while City required the very best of Sergio Aguero to even snatch one.
The 2-0 win over Aston Villa was even more important is demonstrating that Harry Redknapp appears to be getting to grips with his side after their awful start, and also the prowess of Charlie Austin.
Britain’s most famous one-time bricklayer has nabbed four goals in his past three league games and has six in total in the top-flight, belying any fears he wasn’t cut out for this level.
QPR are only six points off the top half at the moment, a deficit that could be reduced further in their next two home games against fellow-promotees Leicester and Burnley.
Add in the fact that the Rs will no doubt be busy again in January, and a little dabble now on their tasty odds of top-half residency come May looks a wise wager.