Of the three clubs promoted to the Premier League from the Championship last season, QPR are the only side whose football betting odds suggest they can avoid the drop.
The Hoops’ odds of 2/1 to be relegated next season are longer than those of Swansea (1/2), Norwich (3/5) and Wigan (7/4), making them fourth-favourites to go down.
As such, using bwin’s £25 free bet for new customers on QPR to go down would return £75 if they fall through the trap door, while just £37.50 could be made from betting on Swansea.
The expectation is that QPR, who are joint-owned by some of the world’s richest men, will be able to buy their way out of trouble.
Indeed, the calibre of players they have been linked with in recent days suggests this is the case.
Veteran centre-back Marco Materazzi is apparently set to seal a move to Loftus Road from Inter, while Robbie Keane has been tipped to move across London from Spurs.
Jermaine Jenas is also reportedly surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane and, according to the Sunday Mirror, Rs boss Neil Warnock is keen on adding the former Newcastle midfielder to his ranks in a deal worth around £7 million.
While QPR have also been linked with former Watford forward Danny Graham and Swansea’s Ashley Williams, Warnock’s main objectives appear to be players with experience of the top flight.
The worry for QPR fans will be that, having targeted these players, Warnock’s overtures will be rebuffed and he will be forced to lower his sights.
This will leave him shopping in the bargain basement frequented by the likes of Swansea, Norwich and Wigan, and the best deals are likely to have already been taken.
Should this prove to be the case, then QPR could still find themselves fighting for survival rather than basking in the mid-table mediocrity their rich-kid status is likely to afford them.
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