Over the past six seasons, freshly-promoted sides have taken to the Premier League like ducks to water, with just five of the 18 newbies being relegated in their first year in the top-flight.
However, the story has been very different so far this term, with all three of Burnley, QPR and Leicester currently residing in the drop zone.
With just two wins between the trio in their last 18 Premier League games combined, hope might seem scarce, but it is not only the recent record of promoted sides that gives them cause to believe.
In 22 Premier League seasons, on only one occasion have all three newly-promoted teams gone straight back down.
That was in 1997/98, when Bolton, Barnsley and Crystal Palace all found the top-flight a step too far.
Clearly, historical facts will only give this year’s batch so much hope, but there are also reasons to be cheerful based on the current standings.
Aston Villa might be turning the corner under Tim Sherwood, but Sunderland are currently just one point clear of the relegation zone and have won just one of their past 12 league games.
So, which of QPR, Burnley and Leicester are most likely to take usurp the hapless Black Cats and secure another season in the Premier League?
QPR might have the star names, but Chris Ramsey seems unsure of what to do with them, and a run of four straight losses has shown little appetite for the fight.
Leicester have a game in hand, and play four of their final five matches of the term at home, but the Foxes are seven points behind Sunderland and haven’t won a league game since early January.
Which leaves Burnley, currently one point from safety and fresh off the back of a 1-0 win over Manchester City.
The Clarets’ poor recent form has been based on a horrible fixture list – they played Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool during the four games before the City match.
Sean Dyche’s side now face Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in their next three, but they then have a friendly run-in.
Four of their final six games come against sides ranked 14th or lower in the table, while the other two games are against West Ham and Stoke, who will have little to play for.
If Burnley continue to show the fight they did against City, they are certainly the most likely of the promoted sides to escapes an immediate return to the Championship.
The Clarets are 6/1 to follow up their victory over the defending champions with a win away at Southampton in their next match.