The team promoted to the top flight via the Championship play-offs is often said to be at a disadvantage, making Swansea’s status as favourites to go down in bwin’s latest Premier League relegation odds understandable.
QPR and Norwich had their promotion to the top division confirmed almost four weeks before Swansea’s play-off success over Reading on May 30th.
As such, Neil Warnock and Paul Lambert, the clubs’ respective managers, will have had significantly more preparation time than their Swansea counterpart Brendan Rodgers by the time the new season comes around.
With this in mind, it is easy to see why Swansea are priced at 1/2 to drop back down to the Championship for the 2012/13 season, ahead of the likes of Norwich (3/5) and Wigan (7/4).
Swansea are also favourites with bwin to finish bottom of next year’s Premier League table.
At 2/1, a successful bet on Swansea to finish bottom will return £75 if new customers use their free £25 bet for signing up for a bwin account.
Swansea’s drive to finish outside of the bottom three is being made harder by the fact that they will have to replace some of the stars who helped them to promotion from the Championship.
Only when this is achieved will they be able to turn their attention to improving their squad.
Striker Fabio Borini, who scored six league goals in nine appearances while on loan from Chelsea, certainly needs to be replaced.
The Italian rejected the opportunity to move to Wales permanently in favour of fulfilling an existing contract agreement with Parma.
It is presumably with this in mind that Rodgers moved to bring in Danny Graham from Watford in a deal worth £3.5 million.
Graham was top scorer in the Championship last season, notching 24 goals – three more than nearest rivals Grant Holt and Shane Long – in 45 appearances.
However, Rodgers’ reconstruction work is unlikely to stop there, with defenders Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor both linked with moves away from the Liberty Stadium.
The departure of players key to Swansea’s success last year would be a huge blow to the club and could make football betting odds on them to finish bottom of the table all the more tempting.
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