Unsurprisingly it’s the trio of teams to have scaled the Championship wall and landed on the lush, green Premier League grass on yon side afforded the shortest prices in the relegation betting stakes.
Burnley take 3/5 favouritism, then comes QPR at 2/1 closely followed by 9/4 Leicester.
Looking at those unable to dodge the axe in recent seasons, it’s the latter of the condemned triumvirate who have the most to fear, for the side to be promoted as champions have been pointed back from whence they came after one campaign of shoulder rubbing with the fat cats in each of the past two terms.
But four of the previous six second-tier jailbreakers have been able to survive in the top-flight in this time.
In fact, only four of the past 15 sides to savour promotion champagne were slurping on relegation tears 12 months later, prising open a panel in the fence to the land of massive profits for opportunistic punters to scramble through.
Here we have three candidates more likely to go down than those who have just come up, all at longer odds than the Foxes’ 9/4 to make it all the sweeter.
Hull @ 12/5
Europa League involvement can do terrible things to unprepared teams, just look at what happened to Newcastle and Swansea over the last two years.
Hull are compelled to clog a path through the mud-puddle early rounds of the continent’s consolation competition with few acquisitions to their papyrus-thin squad to help them and the ramifications could be fatal.
The last time the Tigers were relegated it came after their second season of residence in the top-tier and it seems too easy to chalk up four losses from their final five league matches to a pending appearance in the FA Cup final.
West Brom @ 5/2
Probably the best value of the lot, the Baggies can’t be overlooked here.
In Alan Irvine they have appointed a manager so underwhelming that the club offered to refund disgruntled fans’ season tickets and their £10m outlay on Nigerian Brown Ideye comes equipped with all the hallmarks of an ill-advised expensive striker signing.
Aston Villa @ 3/1
Speaking of comedy signings, Philip Senderos and Joe Cole joining the claret and blue club’s cause rank as genuine hall of fame contenders.
Paul Lambert steered the Villans’ ship dangerously close to the all-engulfing whirlpool in relegation bay last time around.
They finished five points better off than the best-placed demoted team, but owe nine of those to freak victories over Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Subtract three wins from their 2013/14 tally and they’d have wound up bottom with 29 points.
Given that their squad is arguably no stronger this time around, they may well be relying on odds-defying scorelines once more to keep them afloat.