The big Premier League kick-off is imminent and excitement is building here at news.bwin.com/en/ ahead of the start of the new top-flight season.
This Saturday, at 15:00, football betting fans will have their first chance to win money on a Premier League game since 22nd May.
Defending champions Manchester United, favourites to retain their crown in bwin’s title betting market at odds of 7/4, are not in action as they do not play until Sunday.
Indeed, last season’s top-three are all sitting out the opening day, with Chelsea playing on Sunday and Manchester City playing on Monday.
However, there are still seven fixtures on Saturday, with Liverpool looking the most likely to pick up three points of all the teams set to appear.
The Reds have been splashing the cash over the summer and are priced at 9/20 to record a win over Sunderland at Anfield, with a victory for the Black Cats available at 13/2 and a draw at 57/20.
Arsenal are also heavily backed to beat Newcastle at St James’ Park.
The Gunners might still be searching for defensive reinforcements but they are 17/20 to record a win in the north-east, with Newcastle’s price of 33/10 reflective of a disappointing summer in the transfer market.
Meanwhile, those hoping for a repeat of the 4-4 thriller seen last season can back a draw at odds of 9/4.
Having kept hold of Luka Modric, Tottenham are 4/5 favourites to beat Everton at White Hart Lane on the opening day of the season, with a win for the Toffees priced at 7/2 and a draw at 23/10.
Last year’s game ended in a draw, suggesting David Moyes’ men could yet emerge with something to show for their efforts.
Two of the newly-promoted sides are also in action on Saturday, with QPR taking on Bolton and Norwich travelling to Wigan.
The Canaries will start the match as 14/5 underdogs at the DW Stadium, with Wigan odds of 19/20 making the Latics strong favourites.
Norwich will be looking to Blackpool’s opening-day 4-0 win against Roberto Martinez’s side for encouragement, and as they had the joint-best away record in the Championship last season they could be good bets to record an upset.
A successful £25 free bet on Norwich to beat Wigan, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £95.
QPR look to be safer bets to pick up three points with odds of 13/10, while bwin is offering odds of 9/4 on a draw and 39/20 on a Bolton win.
Rangers only lost two league games at home last season and will be looking to carry this form into the top division.
The two remaining games on Saturday see Blackburn take on Wolves and Fulham entertain Aston Villa.
Blackburn are 19/20 favourites to beat Wolves, with a draw at 9/4 and a win for the away side priced at 14/5 – presumably because Mick McCarthy’s men had the second-worst away record in the Premier League last season.
Meanwhile, Fulham look good bets to beat Villa at 6/5, with both a draw and Villa win priced at 11/5.
Moving onto Sunday, Chelsea are 31/50 to get life under Andre Villas-Boas off to a winning start against Stoke at the Britannia, with a home win available at 19/4 and a draw at 49/20.
Then Man Utd look good to pick up three points at the Hawthorns.
Home side West Brom are 11/2 to beat the champions, with a draw at 14/5 and odds on Man Utd to win at 1/2.
Finally, Manchester City will be looking to give Championship play-off winners Swansea a harsh introduction to life in the Premier League when they entertain the Welsh side on Monday.
The Citizens are 11/50 to win, the draw is priced at 9/2 and the Swans are 11/1 long-shots to start the season with an unlikely victory.
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