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Supporters await Saturday’s big kickoff

Punters ready to place their bets

By | 16th August 2012

After weeks of build-up, which has been overshadowed to some degree by the London 2012 Olympics, the Premier League gets underway this weekend and it should be another enthralling season of top flight English football.

Taking a lot of the headlines will of course be the race for the title, with Manchester City looking to secure first position once again and their local rivals Manchester United eyeing up revenge over the next few months.

Roberto Mancini’s men are current favourites to lift the Premier League title at 13/10 with Ladbrokes free bets available on the selection, but with only Jack Rodwell arriving from Everton this summer, together with a potential Mario Balotelli/Carlos Tevez explosion on the horizon, they may not be everyone’s favorites this season.

Manchester United have strengthened, with Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa arriving from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, while a deal has also been agreed for Dutchman Robin Van Persie, making the 13/5 with Bet365 a very attractive price.

As strong as these two teams are, though, it isn’t just about them in the quest to become English Champions. They are the favorites and rightly so, but in the early stages at least, both Arsenal and Chelsea will aim to be in the mix.

The latter, in particular, will be up for the challenge after their Champions League win last season.

There are some fascinating teams to watch just below this elite group too. Can Newcastle repeat their fantastic antics of last season? Will Liverpool push on under Brendan Rodgers? How about Andre Villas-Boas? Can he succeed with Tottenham where he failed with Chelsea last season?

All of these teams have incredibly talented players and are capable of beating everyone else on their day. Furthermore, to say that there are many fixtures to look forward to would be an understatement.

Other sub-plots include the fate of the newly promoted teams. West Ham, Southampton and Reading are not in this league to make up the numbers; they want to challenge for a mid-table place and really show the Premier League what they are made of.

There are still more factors that make this new season exciting. Several clubs have a new manager and are entering a new era. You have some players gracing the Premier League with their presence for the first time too, with Oscar, Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, and Lukas Podolski among the most exciting summer arrivals in England.

Quite simply, from the moment the action gets underway at 3pm GMT (10am EST USA) this Saturday, we are in for non-stop action from the most entertaining league in the world.

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