Betting: Fulham just shade odds for Premier League opener against Norwich City

Bookies are forecasting an uncertain future for the Canaries despite last season's impressive return to the top flight.

William Hill price them at 6/4 to be relegated, although the 8/1 offered by Skybet against them enjoying a finish in the top half of the Premier League table is likely to have greater local appeal.

They open their campaign with a tough-looking duel against Fulham, installed as Coral's 5/6 favourites.

Few bookies anticipate a goalfest, especially as Fulham have opened their last two home league campaigns with goalless draws, a record which explains the popularity of BetVictor's 10/11 posted about it yielding fewer than 2.5 goals and of Paddy Power's 8/1 for it to end goalless again.

One goal could definitely settle it and Grant Holt looks a tad too frothy (8/1, BetVictor.com) to open the scoring. Stan James considers the likelihood of it ending with honours even to be an 14/5 shot, an outcome either manager would probably take.

Punters who suspect that City could defy bookmaker's odds and claim three points in west London will undoubtedly fancy the look of bet365's 14/1 odds posted about a 2-1 away victory.