New Norwich striker Steve Morison believes the Canaries can belie their status as one of the favourites for relegation and avoid the drop.
Norwich are 3/5 to go down in their first season in the top flight since 2004-05, meaning a successful £25 free bet on them to finish in the bottom three, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £40.
Meanwhile, Swansea and QPR, who secured promotion from the Championship alongside Norwich last season, are priced at 1/2 and 2/1 respectively in bwin’s relegation market.
As such, the three newest sides to the Premier League are all among the four favourites to go down in the 2011-12 season.
This reflects the difficulties promoted clubs have in adapting to the Premier League given the gulf in class between the top division and the Championship.
However, Morison is buoyed by the examples set by West Brom and Wigan, who have managed to establish themselves in the Premier League at the expense of teams like West Ham and Birmingham.
Determined to help Norwich replicate their success, Morison expressed his confidence that new manager Paul Lambert can mastermind survival.
“Once you get into the top flight you want to stay in it because so much hard work is required to get to that stage,” he told Sky Sports News.
“The Premier League is where this club belongs and I’m sure that the manager and the team will do everything they can to make us stay there.
“The performances of previously promoted clubs have given everyone hope and belief of staying in the top flight and that is a big thing for sides that get to this level.
“You need belief and heart to have any chance of making that happen and the likes of West Brom and Wigan have shown that clubs that go up don’t necessarily come back down.”
Morison signed for Norwich from Millwall for an undisclosed fee earlier this month.
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