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QPR great value to be best of the Premier League new boys

| 11.08.2014

Life at QPR has been far from boring in recent seasons, with the Rs going through two promotions, one relegation and one narrow escape in four years.

Despite being comfortable favourites to win the Championship, they squeaked back into the Premier League last season by virtue of a last-gasp play-off victory over Derby.

That underwhelming campaign is no doubt a major part of the reason that the Rs are priced at 6/4 to be top promoted club this year, behind market leaders Leicester City, who are 11/10.

However, QPR have both recent history and an impressive squad on their side in this battle, and punters should be grabbing those generous odds while they last.

In the past three seasons, Championship winners have actually fared the worst in their first season in the top-flight, with Cardiff and Reading relegated and QPR themselves finishing 17th.

Last season play-off victors Crystal Palace strolled to 11th under the tutelage of Tony Pulis, while in 2012-13 West Ham were also the best promoted club having gone up via the more treacherous play-off route.

As with both the Irons and the Eagles, QPR boast a manager with impressive top-flight experience in the shape of Harry Redknapp, and their squad is laden with Premier League nous.

They have also added to the likes of Joey Barton and Robert Green this summer by bringing in Rio Ferdinand, whose vast experience will help develop the talented Steven Caulker.

In contrast, Leicester’s summer dealings have been uninspiring, with £8m star signing Leonardo Ulloa scoring just 14 times for Brighton and Hove Albion last season.

Burnley are 8/13 favourites to be relegated this season and have bolstered their squad in similarly unimpressive fashion to Leicester, with new strikers Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell managing just 15 Championship goals between them last term.

QPR’s greater resources have already helped them assemble a fine squad, and they should stretch their advantage further in the final weeks of the transfer window.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune