There has been plenty of change down at the Liberty Stadium this season, as the Swans look a little on the large side to beat QPR at 3/1 with William Hill, who also announce free bets for the new football season.
Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City, two teams looking to avoid ‘second season syndrome’, meet in a fascinating opening day fixture this weekend as the Premier League gets underway, and for both sides, this season could well be a struggle.
QPR only just avoided the drop last season of course, while Swansea impressed many with their style of play and their points tally as they finished 11th in their first ever Premier League season.
The new campaign brings with it fresh challenges though and if anything, these two teams will have to be even stronger if they are to match – or indeed surpass – last year’s achievements.
Focusing on QPR to begin with, they are hoping this will be a very different season. As mentioned, it was a relegation battle right until the very end for them in the last campaign, with a manager change and plenty of different players used during the process.
Now though, they begin a new era – that’s the hope anyway. This will be Mark Hughes’ first full season in charge and with plenty of new signings – including Ji-Sung Park and Robert Green – they don’t want to be in and around the bottom three again.
Having said that, their first priority will be to get enough points to ensure survival and then push on from there. This all begins with three points at home to Swansea this weekend.
As for the Swans, they too are entering a new era. Following the remarkable success of last year, they lost manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool.
Key players have departed too with Joe Allen following Rodgers to Anfield and Gylfi Sigurdsson – who was on loan at the Liberty Stadium last season – opting to join Tottenham.
However, with new manager Michael Laudrap in charge, they can still be positive about the new campaign. They can take the success of last year and use it as a motivation to prove doubters wrong once again.
Overall, this should be a very entertaining opening day fixture. QPR – who were strong at home towards the end of last season – are the favourites, but this Swansea team will be up for the fight.