Which promoted club will finish higher in the Premier League?
With QPR, Burnley and Leicester City all back in the Premier League this coming season, Coral are offering a market on which of them will finish higher.
Leicester, at 11/10, are perhaps surprisingly favourites to finish higher, however the Foxes are yet to sign anyone of any real Premier League significance. Striker Leonardo Ulloa was brought in from Brighton for a club record £8m, and while centre back Matthew Upson and midfielder Marc Albrighton do offer experience, they haven’t really set the top flight alight. They remain unbeaten in pre-season so far, and club legend Gordon Banks believes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will be vital to their chances.
On his former side, Banks said: “I’ve actually been to watch them play quite a bit in the last three years and Schmeichel has been the keeper. I have liked what I have seen, he looks the part.
“I’m surprised no one has been in and grabbed him, especially the Premier League teams. But I think it might be a bit too much if they have to rely too much on him.”
QPR, at 6/4, are the next favourites to stay in the top flight and, having signed centre backs Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, have a great chance. Harry Redknapp remains the only manager to lead Tottenham to a top four finish in the last five years and, with funds at his disposal, should be able to compile a squad capable of not only survival but pushing further up the table. If Redknapp can persuade striker Loic Remy to stay, the Hoops have a player capable of scoring 20 goals a season.
Burnley, under the stewardship of ‘the ginger Mourinho’, are 7/2 outsiders to finish the higher of the three promoted clubs, though manager Sean Dyche worked miracles in the Championship last season. If striker Danny Ings can acclimatise to the Premier League and pick up where he left off, the Clarets have half a chance.