After the end-of-season drama at the end of the last Championship season, Hull City and Crystal Palace gained promotion to the richest league in football, after Cardiff had done just that a few weeks earlier. 

Over the past few seasons the fortunes of newly-promoted clubs have varied wildly. Teams like Swansea and Norwich have become solid mid-table sides, whilst countless others have failed to maintain their top-flight status for more than one season. Are the new boys set to become a certain fixture of future Premier League campaigns, or will they fall back into the Football League which they have all strived so hard to escape?

Cardiff City - Prediction: 13th

Arguably the strongest of the promoted sides, Cardiff will be the favourites to escape relegation this year. 

They already have a good core to their squad as highlighted by their impressive Championship showing last season, and have made sensible additions to their squad. Andreas Cornelius, the prolific Danish striker, has signed from Kobenhavn for £7.5 million to add to the likes of Craig Bellamy, Frazier Campbell and Nicky Maynard. 

Whilst the midfield has not seen any new faces, this shouldn't be too much of a worry for Bluebirds fans as their midfield last season was far and away the best in the Championship. The defence has been readied for top flight football with the arrival of John Brayford from Derby and Steven Caulker from Spurs. 

Whilst the signings haven't flooded in, they certainly haven't spent beyond their means as clubs like Portsmouth have done, and so a sustainable future looks ensured for the Welsh side.

Hull City - Prediction: 17th

Final day drama saw Hull snatch promotion from Watford, meaning that they will begin this new season as a Premier League club. 

The issue for Steve Bruce's side last season was goalscoring ability, and this looks to have been improved thanks to the arrivals of Yannick Sagbo (Evian), George Boyd (Peterborough) and Danny Graham (Sunderland - loan). 

Although there is no doubt as to the talents of these three strikers, only Graham has played in the league before, and George Boyd was at the club for some time last season and the number of goals being scored was still an issue - meaning that a lot of Tigers' hopes will be pinned on Sagbo, whose ability will probably determine whether or not Hull end up in the Championship next season.

Bruce already has ample experience of the division, both as a player and a manager, and so avoiding relegation is certainly an achievable feat. 

Crystal Palace - Prediction: 20th

After going into the play-offs as underdogs last season, Palace emerged victorious thanks to an added time penalty from Kevin Phillips sent them into the top flight for the first time since 2005. 

After having already lost key winger Wilfried Zaha, Eagles boss Ian Holloway will be hoping that his new signings give Palace a fighting chance of staying up. The biggest worry will be goalscoring. 

Championship top scorer Glenn Murray remains sidelined, leaving Marouane Chamakh, Kevin Phillips and Dwight Gayle to fill the void. Both Chamakh and Phillips have prior experience of the division, but Phillips' age and questions over the talent of the Moroccan place question marks over their ability to consistently score at the highest level. 

Hopes must rest then on Gayle, who only managed six in twenty appearances for relegated Peterborough last term. Palace have gone into administration twice, in 2000 and in 2010, and perhaps fears of a third have prompted overly cautious spending, but the Eagles will be extremely lucky to maintain their status as a Premier League club next season.

 

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