Unless you support Burnley or QPR there will have been a moment during this season when an esteemed pundit has suggested that, despite some unfavourable result, your team “will be alright”.
After a positive start to the campaign Leicester City are one of the middle-to-lower-table sides to have had safety bestowed upon them by the Mark Lawrensons and Robbie Savages of this world.
Yet for all the feelings of comfort and contentment inspired by the big-boy baiting glamour of their freshman top-flight campaign so far, they remain 17th.
Priced up at 7/2 for the drop in bwin’s Premier League relegation betting, they are a succulent price to follow a well-trodden path back to the Championship.
It’s not simply the lot of the newly-promoted side to which this article refers, but the model of an unexpectedly good start, followed by a lengthy spell on the slide.
The fates of Blackpool and Burnley, on their previous visit to the promised land, point to the foolishness of writing off doom based on results before winter sets in.
Ian Holloway’s gung-ho Tangerines put up eye-catching victories against Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool inside the early weeks of 2010/11.
Indeed they were still eighth with games in hand on every other member of the top half as late as December the 28th of that season.
Yet as the New Year progressed the novelty of their approach had well and truly worn off and they won just twice before being packed off back to the second tier.
A year earlier Burnley too suffered a fate that will have worryingly echoes for Leicester, after capitalising on Turf Moor’s forbidding environs to punish Everton and Manchester United for underestimating them in the early weeks of the season.
Come the end of October they resided in the comforts of tenth spot, but once again their rivals well and truly had their number by the 28th of December.
They avoided defeat in just two of their next 14 games.