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June 17, 2011 08:34 ET

Swansea, QPR and Norwich All Tipped to Lose on Opening Day of Premier League

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 17, 2011) -Sky Bet's opening-day Barclays Premier League betting odds offer 6/1 for all newly-promoted sides Swansea, QPR and Norwich to lose after they were handed starts against Manchester City, Bolton and Wigan respectively.

Play-off winners Swansea are 9/1 to begin life in the top flight with victory as they face a tough trip to the City of Manchester Stadium, Championship winners QPR are 11/8 to win when they host Bolton and Norwich travel to Wigan as 5/2 outsiders.

The online sports betting experts make the Swans 7/2 favourites to end the first weekend bottom with City 11/4 to be top, while the online bookmaker's Premier League Betting Specials market also offers 8/1 for the 'big five' to all win as Liverpool host Sunderland, City meet Swansea, Arsenal travel to Newcastle, Chelsea make the trip and Stoke and Manchester United visit West Brom.

Chelsea are 4/6 to add to their remarkable nine-year run of winning their opening day fixtures as they travel to Stoke (9/2), while the first round of fixtures has thrown up a clash between newly-appointment managers and Martin Jol's Fulham are 5/4 to beat Aston Villa (7/4), who have officially appointed Alex McLeish as their new manager.

Manchester United will start the season as 7/4 favourites to retain the title with Chelsea (5/2) and Manchester City (7/2) priced up as their closest rivals, while Swansea are 4/7 favourites for relegation followed by Norwich (8/13) and QPR (6/4).

The latest Premier League opening-day football betting odds:

11/10 Blackburn 12/5 Wolverhampton 11/5
5/4 Fulham 23/10 Aston Villa 7/4
4/9 Liverpool 7/2 Sunderland 7/1
2/7 Man City 7/2 Swansea 9/1
4/1 Newcastle 12/5 Arsenal 8/11
11/8 QPR 12/5 Bolton 7/4
9/2 Stoke 12/5 Chelsea 4/6
5/6 Tottenham 12/5 Everton 100/30
5/1 West Brom 5/2 Man Utd 8/13
Evens Wigan 12/5 Norwich 5/2

Ahead of the new Premier League season, sign up in advance for the all-new Sky Sports Fantasy Football game at http://fantasyfootball.skysports.com today. And for all latest on all Sky Bet's Premier League Specials, check: http://www.skybet.com/betting/football/barclays-premier-league-specials/t10002092.html

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