QPR to finish above Norwich and Swansea in Premier League
With Swansea now confirmed as the third promoted club to the Premier League, there are a number of special betting markets available in relation to how well the three new additions to the top flight will fare next season.
It is no surprise that QPR are the favourites to finish the highest in the Premier League of the trio, bearing in mind that not only did they win the Championship, but also have substantially more money to spend to improve their squad.
It is 10/11 in the Premier League odds that QPR finish above both Norwich and Swansea, with Paul Lambert’s team 5/2 and Swansea 9/4 after beating Reading in the play-off final.
However, the more interesting markets could be whether all three can survive in the Premier League or whether the trio will all make an immediate return to the Championship.
Odds of 9/1 are available that QPR, Norwich and Swansea are all relegated next season, but only once since the inception of the Premier League have all three promoted clubs gone straight back down.
Meanwhile, only once have all three promoted clubs managed to stay up, but this seems the far more likely next season.
The final Premier League table of the recent campaign was particularly close, with five teams still battling for survival heading into the final day of the season, while only ten points separated 19th-placed Blackpool from Fulham, who finished eighth.
There is no obvious reason to suggest that things will not be as tight next season and all of the three promoted clubs will feel that they will be on par with the likes of Wolves, Wigan and Blackburn.
Therefore, 6/1 could be good value that QPR, Norwich and Swansea all survive, with the latter preparing for their first ever season in the Premier League.