With the Premier League kick-off just around the corner, William Duncan takes a look at the top flight's newest inductees and is backing the Foxes to outperform QPR and BurnleyWith the Premier League kick-off now less than two weeks away, supporters up and down the country will be wondering what the 2014-15 season holds for their club.
Of course, for fans of Leicester City, Burnley and QPR, the season ahead represents a new challenge - a return to top flight football. How, though, will the Premier League's latest inductees fare on their debut season in the top tier?
For Leicester City, the prevalent mood is one of optimism following a triumphant season in the Championship last term that saw Nigel Pearson's men rack up a hugely impressive 102 points on their way back up to the Premier League.
The Foxes have kept the bulk of that title-winning squad and Nigel Pearson's side are capable of, at least, preserving their top-flight status in the season ahead.
With that in mind, Leicester look to be a solid selection at a generous even money (2.0) with bet365 to be the best of the newly-promoted teams in this season's Premier League.
Burnley, of course, grabbed the second automatic promotion place behind the Foxes last term and Sean Dyche's side will be hoping for a solid campaign having brought in a raft of established professionals with Premier League experience such as Steven Reid, Matt Taylor and Marvin Sordell.
Burnley, though, may lack the quality required to adapt to life in the Premier League and the task facing the Clarets is reflected in the chunky 4/1 (5.0) quote from bet365 for Sean Dyche's side merely to outperform Leicester and QPR this season.
For QPR and Harry Redknapp, this season represents a chance at redemption.
Rangers were relegated in April 2013 but have clawed their way back into the Premier League by virtue of a dramatic Championship play-off final win against Derby County at the end of last season.
Redknapp will be hoping that the prolific Charlie Austin can grab the goals to keep the west Londoners afloat while Rangers have added Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand to their squad as they seek to strengthen their defence.
There may well be interest in Redknapp's charges at 11/8 (2.38) with bet365 to finish above both Leicester and Burnley but Rangers could be considered fortunate to have gained promotion and they may well find it difficult to adjust to the step up in class.
Leicester, by contrast, smashed several club records in gaining promotion last season and, although they have been absent from the top flight for 10 years, there is no doubt that Nigel Pearson's side look best equipped of the Premier League "new boys" and there is value in backing the Foxes to be the top newly-promoted club.
|Leicester City to be top promoted club at even money (2.0) stake with bet365