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Cardiff thought likely to stay up, but it will be tough

Malky Mackay And Cardiff Owners

Cardiff City have worked hard over a number of seasons to get into the Premier League, and although this season is likely to be a tough one, Malky Mackay's men are thought likely to win a few battle this coming term - and survive.

With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.

Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.

We then added up all the points and:

Verdict - Cardiff City will finish in 17th

Highest prediction: 13th / Lowest prediction: 19th

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Lewis Doe: 13th - Cardiff have worked very hard over a number of seasons to get into this position. They haven’t secured all of their first choice transfer targets, but expect them have a solid first season in the top flight.

Mathew Nash: 14th - I like what Cardiff have done in the transfer window - and in all honesty many of their current crop were good enough for the Premier League already. I cannot see them going straight back down.

Key player: Craig Bellamy

Nick Harris: 15th - The best placed of the newly promoted teams, Cardiff have been ambitious in the transfer market and they should reap the benefits with Steven Caulker and Andreas Cornelius likely to be crucial at either end of the pitch.

Graham Morris: 15th - The odd one out. I expect Cardiff to be able to cope best out of the promoted teams, reaching lower mid table.

Vincent Ralph:15th - It took them a long time to reach the Premier League, and the Bluebirds’ summer spending to date is an indication that they wish to stay for the long haul. Steven Caulker is an outstanding signing, and Andreas Cornelius has considerable potential. With plenty of irons still in the fire, I can see them embracing this opportunity with both hands.

Vic Daniels:16th - It will be tough from the get-go, but this hardworking side and inspirational manager will do enough to retain Premier League status come the end of the season.

Jamie Allen: 17th - Some way behind their Welsh rivals Swansea. A close shave, but safety will be secured. Time to push on in the next campaign.

Callum Farrell: 17th - A number of shrewd transfers this summer, and retaining the players who won the Championship last season, has created a strong team who will stay together during the tough periods next season, and narrowly miss relegation.

Gareth McKnight: 17th - The best equipped of the new teams to avoid going straight back down. Spending a bit of money, and I think they stay up.

Dan Coombs: 18th - Manager Malky Mackay has a real test on his hands this season, and has bought well this summer so far. How the new players will gel into a promoted side is tricky to predict, and their goal has to be simply surviving. Somebody has to go down though, and Cardiff could find themselves the unlucky club sucked into it late on after believing they had probably done enough.

Alan Dawson: 18th - Cardiff could be one of the most deafening places for one of the 18 English constituents of the Premier League to travel to and, with Steven Caulker have one of the best pound-for-pound signings of the window, but they may just fall short.

Ian Bolland:19th - It will be a hard place to go to early on the season, but I fear Cardiff will soon lose their edge.

Jenny Leigh: 19th - I think it’ll be a baptism of fire for the Bluebirds. I can’t see them picking up enough points to stay up. and I think they’ll be exposed against the top clubs.

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Where do you believe Cardiff City will finish next season ?

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