On their first day in the Championship since 2005, West Ham lost to Cardiff 1-0 thanks to an injury time goal from Kenny Miller.
Yet, of all the sides in the Championship, West Ham look most set to win the league by a mile—at least on paper. Of course, bear in mind we said the same thing about their chances of avoiding relegation last season, and we all know what happened with that.
Still, a number of pundits, including the Guardian’s John Ashdown, who called West Ham “a striker short of a 100-point side,” expect the Irons to bounce back immediately.
Here are 10 reasons the Hammers will roar back to the EPL.