Now that the fiendish puntable conundrum known as the bwin Premier League handicap table has been released for your delectation you can almost smell the freshly cut grass of the season’s opening day.
At 16/1 with at +44-point boost QPR look the standout wager to land the mythical silverware of expectation defiance in the coming campaign.
The boys in black and gold have made 2013/14 bronze-medallists Chelsea ‘scratch’ after a heartening transfer window, with Manchester City given a +1 advantage.
Behind the financially-doped duo, Manchester United are next in line, with a five-point head start, while Arsenal are just behind them on +6 (for a full table click here).
However, when it comes to Premier League handicap betting, every side bar the ‘scratch’ is boosted, making the selection of a team that drastically outperforms expectations imperative.
That’s where the Super Hoops come in.
In each of the last three seasons the side subjected to the extra exertion of gaining their top-tier hall pass by way of Wembley have gone on to post the highest league finish.
In 2011/12 Swansea ended up 11th clutching 47 points to their breasts.
West Ham went one position better with 46 the following year, while Crystal Palace’s phoenix from the flames act earned them 45 along with best of the bottom half status in 2013/14.
Of that trio the R’s, oddly enough given their Harry Redknapp connection, seem to share most in common with Sam Allardyce’s West Ham.
A savvy Premier League manager, with a squad well upholstered with players battle hardened at the highest level, Rangers look primed to ape their achievements.
The +44 handicap awarded them by the bwin games masters means they’d have topped eight of the last ten Premier Leagues if they can equal their play-off winning brethren’s achievements over the last three seasons.