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News Feed Item Opens Betting on English Premiership's First Weekend Fixtures Opens Betting on English Premiership's First Weekend Fixtures

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a memorable season that saw Jose Mourinho's Chelsea win their first title in 50 years, Malcolm Glazer taking control of Manchester United and the Ashley Cole "Tapping Up" Affair, today's release of the 2005/06 English Premiership fixture list has football fans looking forward to another exciting campaign. Only hours after the fixtures were announced online, sportsbook became the first bookmaker in the world to open betting on every first weekend match.

As they step up to the big time, newly promoted Wigan gets a rude welcome to the Premiership as they host defending champion Chelsea. It's no surprise that lists the reigning champs as an overwhelming 2/5 favorite versus newcomer Wigan who's a 17/2 long shot to win their first Premiership match and an incredible 1,500/1 to win the Premiership. Manchester United's purchase of teenage sensation Wayne Rooney from Everton last summer will certainly have Toffee fans out in force in their season opener. Although they'll be playing in a hostile environment away from home, has made Man U slight favorites at 3/2 to win on the opening day at Goodison Park. After their Champions' League heroics, defending European champions Liverpool kick-off the Premiership season with a trip to Middlesbrough where Benitez's men are 3/2 favorites. In addition, Arsenal has been made a huge 2/5 favorite over Newcastle to kick start the new season off on the right foot.

In addition to offering lines on all of the opening fixtures for the season, is also letting punters back their favorite teams to win the Premiership. Big spending Chelsea is a 5/8 favorite to repeat as champions with fellow Londoners Arsenal installed as the second favorite with odds of 11/4. Despite the off field distractions at Old Trafford caused by the Glazer takeover, Manchester United (3/1) is also in contention for the league title. Meanwhile, the European Cup holders Liverpool find themselves off the pace at 17/1 to take the Premiership.

Current Odds: - All Odds Subject To Change - English Premiership August 13th Fixtures Wigan vs Chelsea Wigan 17/2 Draw 3/1 Chelsea 2/5 Everton vs Manchester United Everton 19/10 Draw 2/1 Man U 3/2 Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Middlesbrough 19/10 Draw 2/1 Liverpool 3/2 Arsenal vs Newcastle Arsenal 2/5 Draw 13/4 Newcastle 7/1 Villa vs Bolton Villa 7/5 Draw 9/4 Bolton 2/1 Fulham vs Birmingham Fulham 7/5 Draw 9/4 Birmingham 2/1 Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion Manchester City 2/3 Draw 5/2 West Bromwich 4/1 Portsmouth vs Tottenham Portsmouth 3/2 Draw 2/1 Tottenham 19/10 Sunderland vs Charlton Sunderland 3/2 Draw 2/1 Charlton 19/10 West Ham United vs Blackburn West Ham 5/4 Draw 9/4 Blackburn 11/5 Odds To Win 2005/06 Premiership Championship Chelsea 5/8 Arsenal 11/4 Manchester United 3/1 Liverpool 17/1 Tottenham 150/1 Everton 150/1 Newcastle 150/1 Middlesbrough 150/1 Aston Villa 150/1 Bolton 150/1 Fulham 500/1 Birmingham 500/1 Manchester City 500/1 West Bromwich Albion 500/1 Portsmouth 500/1 Blackburn 1000/1 West Ham 1000/1 Sunderland 1000/1 Charlton 1000/1 Wigan 1500/1

For more information and a complete list of odds, please visit

About ( is the Internet's largest sports betting site serving customers in more than 80 countries worldwide. Founded in 1998, was the first sports book to introduce reduced margin wagering using a -105 pricing model that gives bettors up to 50% better value on wagers than traditional bookmakers. With low minimum bet requirements and the highest maximum limits on the Web, has earned an industry leading reputation for providing consistent value to the player, professional customer service and the quickest payouts online. Fully licensed and regulated in Curacao and the United Kingdom, the company offers a secure environment for sports betting, racing and casino gaming.

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