“Norwich, Q.P.R., Swansea! Come in, come in.”
“Well, this is rather nice.”
“It is, isn’t it?”
“May we take our coats off? And could we trouble you for some seats, we’ve come a long way.”
“Erm, I wouldn’t get too comfortable.”
Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City join the Premier League party this season. None is a Hull City-esque fairytale as all three have tasted the top flight before. But each has a compelling story, particularly Swansea. And as usual, the desperate clawing to avoid the drop zone may make more compelling viewing than the musical chairs for Champions League spots at the top.
Each club’s supporters are long-suffering and will hope for at least a few years of fun in the upper reaches. But all the major houses put heavy odds on all three tumbling right back down whence they came. Such odds won’t make supporters of Wigan Athletic or Wolves sweat any less on Saturdays. But what say you, which of the three do you think will survive the drop. And do you think any of the three can not only survive but thrive? Share your opinions in the comments section and vote in the poll below.