Queens Park Rangers are 5/4 favourites to end the 2014/15 Premier League campaign looking down on their fellow promoted clubs.
Leicester are hot on their heels at 13/10, with Burnley the 7/2 outsiders.
The Super Hoops’ hard-earned transfer market wisdom has undoubtedly played its part in influencing the bwin layers in their assessment.
Where Burnley and Leicester have addressed the issue of upgrading their Championship squads by bringing in six players apiece, Rangers have bought just two.
Showing the kind of restraint they could have done with in their last two pre-top-flight summer shops, they’ve resisted the urge to splash out on sundry attacking midfielders.
Instead they’ve bought the basis of a respectable defence in Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, players of proven Premier League quality.
Crystal Palace and Hull City proved the wisdom of a pragmatic focus in slipping the noose last term.
Burnley have yet to bolster their rearguard, while the Foxes only defensive embellishment is Matthew Upson, a centre-half long thought dead to the highest tier of English football.
There is a reassuring whiff of building from the back about Rangers’ reported interest in Colombian World Cup midfielder Carlos ‘The Rock’ Sanchez too.
A beast in Los Cafeteros’ run to the quarter finals in Brazil, he would make a formidably combative ally to Joey Barton in their engine room.
Restrained dealings this summer have complimented the kind of shrewd contract management that observers who lost sight of the Super Hoops when they were relegated might not associate with the club.
Luke Young, Yossi Benayoun, Aaron Hughes and Stephane Mbia all left Loftus Road on free transfers this summer.
As a result Harry Redknapp has been left with a group sufficiently streamlined to avoid (with any luck) the kind of malignant relations that dogged their bloated squad during the doomed 2012/13 season.