Promoted trio will find it tough in England's top tier

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After the euphoria of promotion last season, all that will be on the minds of Cardiff, Hull and Crystal Palace alike is one thing: surviving in the Premier League.

GMS contributor Sean Gallagher looks at how the trio will fare in the top tier this term.

Cardiff City

The champions of the Championship have done the best business out of all three promoted teams and have made some excellent signings, in turn smashing their transfer record three times!

First they agreed a deal with FC Copenhagen to sign Andreas Cornelius for £7.5 million, before signing Tottenham defender Steven Caulker for a fee in the region of £8 million, and then splashing out £11 million on Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel.

Despite losing on the opening day to West Ham, I believe the Welsh side have more than enough to survive in this league.

Prediction: 15th

Hull City Tigers

Despite having experienced manager Steve Bruce in charge at the KC Stadium I worry for Hull. 

They have made valuable additions in Tottenham duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore (season-long loan), but I just don't see where they are going to score goals.

Danny Graham is a decent addition for them on a season-long loan, but after his dry spell of goals in the North East with Sunderland, I can't see him being the striker to score them 15-20 goals to give them a genuine chance of staying up.

Prediction: 20th

Crystal Palace

Despite their squad lookingly worryingly thin, I believe with charismatic manager Ian Holloway at the helm, the south London side will give it a good go in the top flight, but fall just short of surviving.

The addition of Jerome Thomas and Marouane Chamakh are fairly good acquisitions with respect, but their squad simply isn't good enough for the demands of the Premier League.

Much will boil down to how much Holloway can get out of his players, and one of these is Dwight Gayle, the teenage sensation arriving with a £4.5 million price tag on his head.

Can he handle the pressure on him? If he can he could be a star, the "next Ian Wright" according to manager Ian Holloway.

Palace have a small chance of surviving, albeit very small, but anything can happen in football so I wouldn't rule it out completely.

Prediction: 18th

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