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Australia v England And Premier League - What's Coming Up This Weekend At i-pools

Australia v England And Premier League - What's Coming Up This Weekend At i-pools
Friday,January 12,2018

It’s another big weekend of sport and you can once again turn your sporting knowledge into big prizes right here at i-pools. There’s thousands of pounds up for grabs across our Fantasy, Last Longest and Predictions games, with the Premier League returning after last week’s FA Cup action, as well as the start of the Australia v England ODI series.


Here’s a look at the pick of the action at i-pools this weekend:


Saturday 3pm: Premier League guarantees:


At least £500 to be won in our Coupon: The £2 Coupon has £500 guaranteed, which will be increased if there are more than 250 entries. With no early kick-off, you have until 3pm on Saturday to get your 10 match result predictions and accumulate the most points to get your hands on first prize.


The majority of the top six have very winnable matches, with Chelsea hosting Leicester and Antonio Conte’s men are just a x1 multiplier to overcome Leicester, who at x8, would score you eight points if they pull of a big shock at Stamford Bridge. The Foxes are a tough side to beat but you’d still expect Chelsea to pick up maximum points.


Arsenal travel to Bournemouth and Man Utd host Stoke, with both teams also just x1 to see off their relegation threatened counterparts. Spurs too are x1 to beat Everton, while the stand out clash of this weekend is Liverpool v Man City on Sunday. A City win will score you double points and a home victory three, but despite a poor record at Anfield in recent years, it will take brave person to bet against Pep’s men.


Elsewhere, West Brom have a golden opportunity to end their 20 match winless run, at home to Brighton, while there might be the opportunity to pick up tidy points with Swansea x4 away to Newcastle and West Ham x3 at Huddersfield. Can either side secure a priceless away win?


Fantasy 5-A-Side: £100 guaranteed: Pick a goalkeeper, defender, two midfielders and a forward, to play for a share of the guaranteed prize pot, which stands at at least £100. Your Banker option will score double points, so too will players from Everton, Leicester and Stoke who are the longest odds to win this weekend.


Burnley travel to Crystal Palace with the fourth best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just 19 so far. Nick Pope has been in great form in goal, and with 10 points awarded for a clean sheet and one for each save made, he could be the one to pick in between the sticks this weekend.


With five clean sheets in their last nine league games, Everton are now looking solid at the back, and considering Phil Jagielka will score double points with the Toffees away to Spurs, will that be enough for the Everton defender to make your team? Again with double points players in mind, the inform Riyad Mahrez should be strongly considered as one of your midfielders, despite a tough task away to Chelsea, while Jesse Lingard will have a great chance to keep up his fine recent record infront of goal, as United face Stoke at Old Trafford. It might be a shootout between Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero as your forward but who will get the nod?


Sunday 4pm: Liverpool v Man City Match Pool: The stand out match of the weekend undoubtedly comes from Anfield on Sunday. While the Reds are in good league form with three wins on the bounce, they’re still surely reeling over the loss of Phillipe Coutinho, which gives City an even greater chance of ending a 15 year wait for a league win at Anfield.


Still unbeaten in the league this season, and domestically since last April, it’s hard to see even an attack as good as Liverpool ending that run, so City at x2 seems like a tempting choice in question one of our Match Pool. Expect plenty of goals between the two teams, which leaves options four or more or five or more goals to be scored in question two viable options. There’s plenty of choices in our anytime goalscorer question, but perhaps Raheem Sterling on his return to Anfield, could be a shrewd selection.


Sunday 3:20am: Australia v England 1st ODI: With barely time to recovery from their 4-0 Ashes humiliation, England will have a chance to regain some sort of pride in the ODI series with Australia.


The first of five matches gets underway in the early hours of Sunday morning, with plenty to play right here. We’ve got a Series Predictor, Fantasy Pick 5 and Last Longest, along with a Pick 5 for Sunday’s clash, which has £100 guaranteed in the £2 pool.


England should be much more competitive in this series, and are looking for a fifth straight ODI series victory, while world champions Australia are coming off the back of a disappointing 4-1 loss in India and failed to make it out of the groups stages of last summer’s Champions Trophy.


It should be a tight series and in question one of our Series Predictor, an Australia 3-2 win is x2, while an England reverse is x3. These could be the best options for predicting the series result, while big hitter David Warner or the imperious Steve Smith look like being your best bet to score the most runs of the series. In terms of most wickets, Australia have already said they will rotate their seam bowlers, which opens up the door for leg spinner Adam Zampa (x3) to play a leading role, who could well spin his side to a series victory.


In our Pick 5 for the first match, you must choose a Batsmen, Master Blaster, All Rounder and two Bowlers, with no more than four players chosen from the same side, while your Banker - or Captain - will score double.


For your Batsmen, Jonny Bairstow should be strongly considered after a fine showing in their last ODI series with West Indies, in which he scored two centuries and seems to always impress in the ODI form.


 It’s a tough choice in our Master Blaster category but on his day there’s no one more dominant than David Warner, who is in his element in limited overs cricket. Marcus Stoinis has started to cement his spot as an All Rounder in Australia’s side, and with a career batting average of more than 86 from his eight matches, he could well be worth a punt. For your bowlers, with leg spin so dangerous in the one day game, either Zampa or Adil Rashid - or both - should be considered, while for your other Bower, Mitchell Starc, with a career average of just 20.13, is a surely must.


With also rugby union, darts, NFL and golf games to play, and the chance to win £1 million in our Year of Sport Pool, don’t miss out on the chance to turn your predictions into cold, hard cash at i-pools!


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