Cardiff have been tipped to secure an automatic promotion place by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
A brace from Aron Gunnarsson and strikes from Joe Ralls and Etien Velikonja earned the Bluebirds a 4-1 victory over Pardew's men in their final pre-season game, and the Magpies' boss was impressed by their prospects.
"I can 100 per cent see them finishing in the top two," he told Wales Online.
"I would realistically put them right up amongst the favourites."
He added: "They are going to be very strong and if they hold it together they have a great chance of promotion."
Pardew knows what it takes to get out of the division, following promotion via the play-offs with West Ham in 2005, and he believes the Welsh club could even go one better this season.