As happens every summer, the three newest Premier League sides are in recruiting mode, trying to put together a squad capable of making Premier League status more than a one-year party.

Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace are the three favourites with 19 major bookmakers to finish bottom, with Palace outright favourites to finish 20th followed by Hull then Cardiff.

Bookmakers aren't always correct, however, so we take a more in-depth look at the trio's chances.

Cardiff City

As the Championship winners, Cardiff are justifiably the favourites of the three to stay up. The Welsh side led the Championship from November last season and always looked like making the jump to the top tier that fans had been waiting for after disappointment in previous seasons.

Malky Mackay's side lost just three league games since the turn of the year and so bring an already impressive squad with them into the top flight.

The £7 million Andreas Cornelius has already been brought in to join Craig Bellamy up front, and the club's record signing scored on his debut against Forest Green in a pre-season match.

The Dane is the only player to have actually signed for the Bluebirds so far, but money is apparently available for further additions to the squad and the club has been linked with dozens of players, including Toulouse midfielder Étienne Capoue, for whom Cardiff have reportedly made an accepted £9.5 million bid.

With a strong squad, Cardiff City already look well equipped to out-do at least a couple of current Premier League sides, and will surely strengthen further as they look to make the most of finally making it to football's most popular league after three years of play-off disappointment.

Hull City

Any team looking to survive in the Premier League needs a good goalkeeper. Well, that is exactly what Hull have gone out and bought in Scotland number 1 Allan McGregor.

Steve Bruce paid £1.8 million to bring in the ex-Rangers man from Besiktas after just one year in the Turkish league. The Scot started 27 times as Besiktas finished third in the league and brings international experience that could prove vital when facing the likes of Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez.

Will the addition of McGregor be enough to keep Hull up? Steve Bruce wasn't banking on it and that is why he has already brought in six other new players, including Curtis Davies from Birmingham and Danny Graham on loan from Sunderland.

Danny Graham could prove just as vital as McGregor as he is faced with the task of firing in the goals that Hull need to stay up. He brings plenty of Premier League experience, though, having netted 16 goals in 82 matches, with eight assists.

Hull will need both of those signings to perform and may still struggle even if they do. I believe Hull will make it to the last day of the season with a chance of staying up, but ultimately go down.

Crystal Palace

Having finished fifth in the league table, Palace certainly surprised many in getting promoted last season. Their play-off final win against Watford has returned them to the top flight, where they haven't played in eight years.

You have to worry for Ian Holloway's side, though, with star player Wilfred Zaha returning to Manchester United after his loan spell and the club's top scorer Glenn Murray out until around February.

Peterborough's exciting striker Dwight Gayle has been brought in for £4.5 million as a replacement for Murray, but whether the 22-year-old can match Murray's goalscoring talents remains to be seen.

Holloway has also given 39-year-old Kevin Phillips a contract and he could bag a few goals when he gets playing time. Ultimately, however, you fear for Palace and Holloway, who arguably has a weaker squad to work with going into this season than last.


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