There was late drama in today's Championship play-off final as a 90th minute Bobby Zamora goal sent QPR back to the top flight of English football. Mike Norman has the details...
"The goal was QPR's only shot on target in the entire game and rewarded those who backed the Hoops at 50.049/1 in the Match Odds market as the clock ticked by. Zamora was matched at 16.5 in the First Goalscorer market."
Queens Park Rangers are trading at around 2.915/8 in next season's Relegation market after they won a dramatic Championship play-off final on Saturday to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Harry Redknapp's pre-season title favourites - who were matched at a high of 9.417/2 in the Promotion market - scored in the 90th minute at Wembley to break the hearts of Derby County who looked the most likely winners from the moment Gary O'Neill was sent off.
But despite a high percentage of possession the Rams couldn't find away past QPR's defence and in particular goalkeeper Robert Green.
Then, as the game looked destined to go into extra-time, Junior Hoilett got free down the right and crossed low into the box; Derby captain Richard Keogh made a mess of his clearance before veteran striker Bobby Zamora brillianty finished with a shot into the far corner.
The goal was QPR's only shot on target in the entire game and rewarded those who backed the Hoops at 50.049/1 in the Match Odds market as the clock ticked by. Zamora was matched at 16.5 in the First Goalscorer market.
With a guaranteed income of £62m coming their way there's little doubt that Redknapp will be given the resources needed to keep the London club in the Premier League next season, though as the betting suggests Betfair layers still expect them to struggle. Only Burnley can be backed at shorter odds - 1.758/11 - to go down, while Championship winners Leicester can be backed at 3.55/2.
At the other end of the table Manchester City are the 3.02/1 favourites to retain their Premier League crown; Chelsea can be backed at 3.412/5, Man Utd at 6.86/1, Liverpool at 8.415/2, and Arsenal at 10.519/2.
The new Premier League season commences on Saturday, August 16 - that's just 12 weeks from now!