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Premier League Weekend Preview

Saturday Arsenal (-1 ½) vs. Fulham: The Cottagers have stayed out of the relegation fray the last couple years, but are in the thick of it now. Winning at Arsenal is too much to ask, but staying within a goal could be possible with the Gunners missing Fabregas, Diaby, and Vermaelen. Arsenal should find two goals, which is plenty in this London derby. Birmingham City (+ ½) vs. Tottenham: It seems Spurs are having an even better domestic season than

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Nasri, van Persie Could Be Fit for Weekend

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced that his team should be able to enjoy the services of midfielder Samir Nasri while striker Robin van Persie’s health remains in doubt following the club’s Carling Cup home win over Wigan Athletic earlier this


Carragher sidelined; Gerrard, Cole to Return

Another dose of bad news for Liverpool was offset by some equally good news on Tuesday. On the same day it was announced that Reds defender Jamie Carragher  would be out of action for as many as three months with


A Seat at the Premier League Table: Match 15

Biggest Rise: West Brom, 16th to 12th Back and forth goes West Brom, up to 12th, back to 16th, and up to 12th once again. For the second time in three weeks, West Brom picked up an impressive road victory


Premier League Weekend Preview

Saturday Aston Villa vs. Arsenal: Give Tottenham all the credit in the world, but Arsenal blew it last weekend. This match gained importance when the Gunners let all three points slip away last weekend, and while Aston Villa has struggled


Is Coentrao Destined for Move to England?

Five months after making his international breakthrough with a starring role for Portugal at the World Cup, 22-year-old Benfica left back Fabio Coentrao appears to be at the center of a transfer battle which could reach a fever pitch with

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Historians have found evidence of similar sports and games dating back to the 2nd Century BC, but England is the birthplace of the modern form of football. The game’s origins in England can be traced to the mid 1800′s, and it has skyrocketed in popularity since then to the point where it has now surpassed cricket as the most watched spectator sport in Great Britain. In fact the very word ‘soccer’ originated in England as a slang term for football or association football. Sitting atop the British football hierarchy is the English Premier League (EPL), though betting opportunities can be found on all levels of competition in the country. Immediately below the EPL is the Football League Championship followed by Football League One, Football League Two and Conference National.

The Premier League is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank and thus is officially known as the ‘Barclays Premier League’ but is often abbreviated as the ‘EPL’. The Premier League operates on a similar schedule to other top European football competitions, beginning in August and running through May. The league’s 20 teams play 38 games each for a total of 380 games a year. Most are held on Saturday and Sunday, though there are a few weekday games throughout the schedule. The bottom three teams in the EPL standings are relegated to the Football Championship league, with the top teams from the second level circuit moving up to the Premier League.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about the English Premier League to American fans is the acceptance and official sanction it gives sportsbooks, oddsmakers and premier league betting enthusiasts. This is in marked contrast to the NFL, which tries to pretend that sports betting has nothing to do with the popularity of its leagues. Bookmaking kiosks are common sites at English football stadiums, and virtually every team in the country has a sponsorship deal of some sort with a sportsbook or other betting concern. Several well known sportsbooks have been primary sponsors of teams, with their logos appearing on the uniforms. Electronic billboards in some stadiums display ‘in running’ football betting odds for the benefit of the television viewing audience. This acceptance is not surprising given the long tradition of the bookmaking industry in Great Britain, but refreshing nonetheless to US fans used to the hypocrisy of professional sports toward wagering.