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FA Cup 5th Round Preview - Win Big At i-pools!

FA Cup 5th Round Preview - Win Big At i-pools!
Thursday,February 15,2018

The FA Cup is back with round five and business is about to pick up with teams just a couple of wins from Wembley. Only 16 remain - 10 Premier League, three Championship, two League One & one League Two - with a surprise or two certainly not to be ruled out. There’s plenty to play for right here across our FA Cup Fantasy, Last Longest and Prediction games, with several hundred to be won in prizes.


Here’s a look at how you can get your hands on some cold, hard cash this FA Cup weekend:


FA Cup Coupon, Match Pools & 5-A-Side: Our Coupon, where you must predict the results of all eight matches, has at least £100 in the prize fund if you play for £2. An underdog victory will score you more points if it comes through, depending on the multiplier, while we’re also running Match Pools for the five televised cup matches. Here you have to answer seven questions on how you see the match playing out, including predicting the match result, anytime goalscorer and how many goals will be scored.


In our 5-A-Side, your team will consist of five players - maximum of one per team - with players from underdogs Hull, Coventry, Rochdale and Wigan scoring double points.


Leicester v Sheff Utd: So far Leicester have chosen to use their full squad for wins against Fleetwood and Peterborough, but that could change for this one, with the possibility of going far in a competition they’ve never won, very much on. Although Sheff Utd have faltered in recent months, they are still in the play-off picture in eighth place but will have their work cut out against a Foxes side with three wins in their last four home games.


A Leicester win at just x1 in our Coupon should be the way to go, with the visitors outsiders at x5, meaning a shock would score you five points. It might be hard to work out who’s going to play for Leicester but either one of Demarai Gray or Riyad Mahrez should be strongly considered to make it into your Fantasy 5-A-Side team as one of your midfielders.


Chelsea v Hull: With games against Barcelona, Man Utd and Man City coming up, expect changes for Chelsea, although that didn’t quite go to plan against Norwich, needing a replay and penalties to see off the Canaries. But Hull are really struggling in the Championship and are in the midst of a relegation battle so you’d still back Chelsea - at x1 in our Coupon and Match Pool - to safely make it through. Olivier Giroud is x1 to score at anytime in our Match Pool and can’t be ruled out as he looks set to start once again, while backing three or more goals to be scored might also be a sensible selection. Maybe back-up keeper Willy Cabellero will make your 5-A-Side team?


Sheff Wed v Swansea: Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal makes his return to Sheff Wed Saturday lunchtime, a team he led to consecutive play-off runs just falling short both times. Swansea have been in great form under their charismatic new boss and will again look to rotate, with Premier League survival their biggest concern. Sheff Wed have had a horror season, with injuries currently consigning them to 15th  which is a poor return for pre-season promotion contenders. A draw at x3 might seem like a decent shout for this in our Coupon and Match Pool, and with three goals in his last three games, you wouldn’t rule out in form Wednesday striker Lucas Joao at x3, continuing his good run since breaking into the team.


West Brom v Southampton: You get the feeling this is one match these two could do without, with Premier League survival surely the only thing on both their minds. On the other hand, it does provide welcome distraction from poor form, with Wembley not too far off. Southampton beat West Brom 3-2 earlier this month and are x3 to repeat the feat against a Baggies side low on confidence.


Brighton v Coventry: The wheels are starting to fall off for League Two Coventry, with injuries mounting up and three defeats in a row seriously damaging their promotion bid. A third round win against a near full strength Stoke side should give them hope but they’re a lot stronger at home and an away trip to Premier League opposition will be extremely tough. Brighton can afford to make changes and still secure their safe passage through, and will score you an easy point if they do so in our Coupon. That being said, the Sky Blues do have one of the better defensive records in the Football League, and with Coventry players scoring double in our 5-A-Side, keeper Lee Burge, who will score double for a clean sheet and each save made, might just be a left field pick to make your team.


Huddersfield v Man Utd: In a rematch of one of Huddersfield’s greatest wins earlier this season, Man Utd will be desperate not to let history repeat itself and book a spot in the last eight. However, United do have bigger fish to fry with a trip to Seville in midweek so expect changes. You wouldn’t rule out a draw which would score you four points in both our Coupon and Match Pool while Marcus Rashford is due a start and a goal, and is just x1 to net at anytime. Given the fact defenders score a two points for each tackle won, Zanka could well be in line to make your 5-A-Side team, with his side set to be busy boys in this one.


Rochdale v Tottenham: They say football can be a leveller, which was no truer than in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at League Two Newport in round four. The pitch made a huge difference in that one, and there are concerns from the Spurs camp that the pitch at Spotland too is unfit for purpose. That should give Rochdale a chance, which might tempt some of you to back them at x12 in our Coupon and x10 in our Match Pool, while a draw is x6. Spurs might think about resting plenty of first teamers too, with injury more than likely on such a surface. Considering Rochdale players score double in our Fantasy game, Ian Henderson as forward certainly can’t be ruled out.


Wigan v Man City: They say this Man City side can put the fear of god into you and that might just be the case for League One Wigan, who have suffered back-to-back defeats since finding out their fifth round fate. Man City are clear favourites for this and might even give starts to young stars Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden, to give key players a well deserved night off. Although Wigan shocked them to lift the cup in 2013, surely anything other than a City win can’t be considered in our Coupon and Match Pool, while I have a sneaky feeling Foden might get himself on the scoresheet, and is x4 to do so as anytime goalscorer.


Enjoy the magic of the cup in style at i-pools and get your picks in!


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