Premier League

Who Are Favourites To Survive & Who’s Doomed Before A Ball Is Kicked?

QPR are on the verge on signing former Portsmouth striker Danny Webber, after the striker completed a successful week-long trial with the club. Having also sealed swoops for Jay Bothroyd and Kieron Dyer on free transfers this week.

If both of these players can stay fit, QPR will have a very productive strike force especially if they can overcome the problems with advisor fees which is currently stalling a deal for Blackpool forward DJ Campbell.

QPR’s main transfer agenda this summer is the inevitable sale of Adel Taarabt. With a £13.5m bid from Paris St Germain already on the table, and co-owner Flavio Briatore handling negotiations, the Moroccan’s time at Loftus Road is all but over. This will be a huge blow.

William Hill however make QPR the favourites of the promoted sides to stay up at 1/2. This is mainly down to Rangers’ excellent defensive record last season conceding only 32 goals in 46 games.

Norwich City will be an interesting side to watch next season. Their staying in the division will ultimately depend on striker Grant Holt whose 53 goals in 90 games over the last two years has propelled the Canaries to the Premiership.

Norwich have picked up a few players, namely, Elliot Bennett, Bradley Johnson, Steve Morison, Anthony Pilkington, James Vaughan, and Richie De Laet on loan.However, these players have a distinct lack of Premiership experience which will surely count against a team who have secured successive promotions.

Recent reports have linked Norwich with Cardiff’s Peter Whittingham who is looking to secure a move back to the Premiership, whilst boss Paul Lambert is also hoping to secure a few more season-long loan deals from some of the Premiership big boys.

Paddy Power have Norwich at 4/7 to go down. Like Blackpool last year, Norwich will bring a fantastic team spirit, but also like Blackpool, Norwich may be bereft of adequate quality to survive.

Swansea City this week secured the future of Welsh left-back Neil Taylor on a four-year contract, and thus prevented the defender joining Newcastle United. They will hope this will not work against them when trying to tie up a deal for United winger Wayne Routledge on a £1.5m.

The Swans recently had a £3m bid for Polish U-21 keeper Grzegorz Sandomierski but were able to secure Benfica stopper Jose Moreira.

Swansea are also set to hijack Southampton’s bid for former Everton striker Lukas Jutkiewicz for £1.5m, and are also linked with an audacious swoop for Cardiff fan Craig Bellamy.  The Swans are confident of securing a permanent deal for Middlesborough’s Marvin Emnes who was on loan at the Liberty Stadium last term.

Most bookies are rating Swansea’s chances of beating the drop on a par with Norwich. Ladbrokes have them at 4/7 to be relegated.

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