Will the promoted teams survive in the Premier League?

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After the euphoria of promotion from the Championship, Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace will be playing against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur this season.

With Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Wigan Athletic being relegated to the Championship, the promoted teams all have something to show.

I will look at all three teams and identify how I think they will fare in the most competitive league in the world.

I'll also pinpoint how I think their new signings are capable of delivering what they need to consolidate, and identify the key players to watch out for.

Cardiff City:

In June 2012, the club changed their home colours from the traditional blue, white and yellow to red and black as part of the investment plan made by the Malaysian Owners.

Many fans thought this would be a massive mistake. But by the New Year the Bluebirds were top of the league and looking likely favourites to get promoted.

Cardiff won the league and are now looking to be a success in the Premier League.

The promotion also means that Cardiff with be playing in the Premier League with Welsh rivals Swansea City for the first time in their history.

The team in red have already improved their squad, with the signing of Andreas Cornelius from Copenhagen for a club record fee of £7.5 million.

Key player: Andres Cornelius

The Danish striker scored 20 goals in 44 games last season for FC Copenhagen and attracting strong interest from Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.

The Dane signed for Cardiff early in the transfer window and broke the club record transfer fee.

Cardiff fans will be expecting the new boy to produce the goods this season.

One to watch: Rudy Gestede

The French striker joined from Metz in 2011. He made his debut against West Ham on the first day of the 2011-12 season, setting up Kenny Miller’s winner.

He went on to make 30 appearances that season, scoring only three goals. In the 2012-13 season, Gestede played 23 games scoring five.

At only 24 years of age, the Cardiff faithful have a lot to hope for. Especially if Gestede and Cornelius can combine to wreck defences.

Hull City

Hull had many chances to gain automatic promotion last season, but made it hard for themselves by dropping numerous points. 

Luckily for them lady-luck smiled on them and they were promoted to the Premier League on the last day of the season.

The Tigers hosted already promoted Cardiff City with promotion rivals Watford entertaining mid-table Leeds United at Vicarage Road. All Hull had to do was match Watford’s result at Vicarage Road.

With a 15 minutes delay between the two after a collision between two Watford players, we saw a dramatic and frantic ending to the season.

With Hull finishing 2-2 against Cardiff, Watford had 15 minutes to play with them drawing 1-1.

Fortunately for Hull, Ross McCormack scored for Leeds, meaning Hull were promoted and Watford had to settle for a play-off place.

Last season's loanee, George Boyd, has joined from Peterborough, Maynour Figueroa has from Wigan and Curtis Davies from Birmingham City, as Steve Bruce looks to strengthen his squad at the KC Stadium this summer.

Key player: Stephen Quinn

Stephen Quinn won last season’s Players Player and his record shows why.

Even though the Irish winger only scored three goals last season, he helped provide the goals, playing 44 games.

After joining the club in the summer of 2012, Quinn quickly became a fans favourite and obviously a player favourite as he helped Bruce’s men march into the Premier League.

One to watch: George Boyd

After a successful loan spell at the KC Stadium in the second half of last season, the Scottish winger signed a two-year deal with Hull.

After scoring four goals in 13 games, Steve Bruce signed the ex-Peterborough player to help bring goals to the club.

At Peterborough, he played 302 games for the Posh, scoring 75 goals in seven seasons. Boyd is definitely a name that Premier League defenders should look out for this season.

Crystal Palace

Ian Holloway’s men beat Watford in the play-off final in May courtesy of a Kevin Phillips penalty.

After going up and down in the Championship table, they finally got their price and have been linked with some big names with Peter Odemwingie one of the players rumoured to join Palace. 

Palace fans will want these rumours to come to fruition as they yearn for new additions that will bolster their chances of surviving in the Premier League this season.

The Eagles have already captured Stephen Dobbie from Brighton for £800k, Dwight Gayle from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee and Jerome Thomas from West Brom on a two-year deal, so Holloway has done some decent business as thus far. He must priortitise strengthening the defence before the start of the Premier League if they are to stand any chance of surviving though.

Key player: Mile Jedinak

The combative midfielder was an integral part of Palace's surprise promotion to the Premier League last season and will feature again regularly this season for the Eagles.

The 28-year-old - Palace's player of the year last season - was regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Championship last term.

Holloway will be hoping his midfield anchorman can continue to carry on his fine form in the middle of the park this season.

One to watch: Dwight Gayle

Gayle made a big impact on the Championship last season scoring a total of 13 goals as his side Peterborough were cruelly relegated on the final day of the season.

He joined Posh in November from Dagenham and Redbridge, where he played only 20 times for them.

He joined Darren Ferguson’s team in November on loan, before joining them on a permanent deal in December.

After a successful spell during the second half of the campaign, newly-promoted Crystal Palace snapped him up this summer.


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