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I figured this would be a good way to have some discussion surrounding the 2005/6 EPL campaign. The first round gets underway Saturday with two matches on Sunday.

First Round Preview from Skysports.com

Everton v Man United

Everton were the only team to prevent United from scoring in the league last season. United have won all 12 games in which Wayne Rooney has scored for them in all competitions.

Aston Villa v Bolton

Villa conceded two-thirds of their goals in 2004-05 in the first half of matches - the highest proportion in the top flight. It is more than seven years since Bolton won a league match at Villa Park.

Fulham v Birmingham

Fulham have scored in their last nine consecutive Premiership appearances. Mikael Forssell has scored three goals in three appearances against Fulham.

Man City v West Brom

The City of Manchester Stadium saw just 38 Premiership goals scored in 2004-05 - the lowest number at any ground. City are the only team West Brom have defeated twice in Premiership history.

Portsmouth v Tottenham

Pompey have kept only one clean sheet in their last 19 Premiership fixtures. Spurs have won their opening day game in only one of the last eight seasons.

Sunderland v Charlton

The Black Cats have lost their last 15 matches in the top flight - a Premiership record. Charlton have scored at least twice in all three of their Premiership visits to play Sunderland.

West Ham v Blackburn

The Hammers have scored two goals in each of their last seven meetings with Blackburn at Upton Park. Rovers kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 Premiership fixtures.

Middlesbrough v Liverpool

Boro have scored more than one goal in a game in only three of 18 Premiership fixtures in 2005. Liverpool have failed to score in their last three visits and five of the last six trips to Teesside.


Arsenal v Newcastle

The Gunners have won their last four opening day fixtures. The Magpies have failed to win any of their last seven meetings with Arsenal.

Wigan v Chelsea

Wigan have met Chelsea in four matches, all in cup competitions, winning two, drawing one and losing one. Petr Cech saved 83 percent of the shots on target he faced last season - the best rate in The Premiership

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Man U looked really good today,and ya gotta give Rooney his props.

And the Hammers 3-1 over Rovers..impressive

For some reason i find myself wanting to see Wigan lay a 4-0 beating on Chelski tomorrow,but what are the odds of that lol

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Everton 0 - 2 Manchester U.

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Bolton W.

Fulham 0 - 0 Birmingham C.

Manchester C. 0 - 0 West Bromwich A.

Portsmouth 0 - 2 Tottenham H.

Sunderland 1 - 3 Charlton Athletic

West Ham U. 3 - 1 Blackburn R.

Middlesbrough 0 - 0 Liverpool

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle U.

Wigan Athletic 0 - 1 Chelsea

How about Wigan, they played well enough to deserve at least a draw but Crespo scored in the 90th minute.

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How about Wigan, they played well enough to deserve at least a draw but Crespo scored in the 90th minute.

I was so screaming for Wigan,i freaked my son out lol...and we were watching Chelsea TVs coverage of it too :D

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