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It's All To Play For At ipools As The Premier League Returns!

It's All To Play For At ipools As The Premier League Returns!
Thursday,August 9,2018

The Premier League is back and better than ever, as the new season kicks off on Friday night with Man Utd hosting Leicester. After a summer of big name signings and outgoings, the wait is finally over as we buckle ourselves in for another rollercoaster nine months of non stop action.


Can anyone stop Man City? Will Neil Warnock mastermind Cardiff to an unlikely survival? Are big spending Wolves destined for big things?


We will soon start to find out the answers to some of those questions, but in the meantime, there’s more than £5,000 to be won in prizes in our opening day pools, and the chance to play for £1million. With so much at stake right here at i-pools, we thought we’d take a look at how you could be turning your predictions into BIG cash this weekend!


Premier League Coupon & Match Pools: One of our biggest money pools this weekend is our £2 Coupon, which has £1,000 guaranteed in the prize pot. Here you must predict the results of all 10 opening day matches, with a point on offer for a correct prediction, multiplied by the figure in brackets, ie a Leicester win at Old Trafford would score you seven points with the Foxes x7. Your Banker is worth double and if you score the most points, you’ll win the biggest share of £1,000.


We’re also running Match Pools on the five televised games this weekend, starting with Friday’s Man Utd v Leicester. Predict seven key events such as the match result, anytime goalscorer, how many goals will be scored and more, to get your hands on the guaranteed prize fund, which is £100 for Friday’s game.


The first match on our Coupon sees Man Utd take on Leicester, and there could well be an upset on the cards here. It’s no secret how unhappy Jose Mourinho has been throughout the transfer window, unable to get key targets such as Leicester’s Harry Maguire, with midfielder Fred their biggest acquisition from Shakhtar Donetsk. Unless they can get the best out of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba who both underperformed last season, there’s nothing to suggest that United will be title contenders this season.


Despite losing Riyad Mahrez, Leicester have spent big on hot prospect James Maddison,  defenders Jonny Evans and Ricardo Pereira, and winger Rachid Ghezzal, while keeping hold of Magure and Jamie Vardy. They have a decent squad once again who could challenge for a top eight place, providing they get off to a good start. A draw is x4, and a Foxes win is x7 - in both our Coupon & Match Pool - which are both tempting in this one. Vardy is x2 to score at anytime in our Match Pool and would be my pick, considering his fine record against the top six in recent years.


Newcastle face Spurs Saturday lunchtime, in an match you’d fully expect Spurs to come away with the three points. Despite failing to add any big names to their squad, Spurs managed to keep hold to their full complement of stars and should be competing for a top four spot once more. The only question mark would be how fresh will they be, considering they had nine players competing in the World Cup semi-finals, but that could also work in their favour.


Newcastle have managed to salvage an otherwise underwhelming transfer window, with the signing of Salomon Rondon, who joins the likes of Kenedy, Ki Sung yueng, Fabian Schar and Yoshinori Muto - the latter three impressing in Russia - at St James’ Park. They should have enough to steer clear of trouble but could find it hard to better last season’s 10th place finish. Spurs are x2 to pick up victory in our Coupon and Match Pool, while Harry Kane is just x1 to end his August goal drought.


The fact newly promoted Wolves are x2 favourites to beat a strong looking Everton outfit, tells you all you need to know about their summer additions. Portugal number one Rui Patricio and fellow international Joao Moutinho, along with Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez, have been added to what was already a strong looking squad with Ruben Neves and Diego Jota destined to make the step up. Competing with opponents Everton for a top eight finish certainly can’t be ruled out for big spending Wolves.


Marco Silva has also splashed the cash at the Toffees, bringing in record signing Richarlison from Watford, and full-back Lucas Digne from Barcelona, and providing they have a better start than last season, Everton should be contenders for a Europa League spot. Given the feel good factor at Wolves, I’d back them at x2 in our pools, with Ruben Neves great value at x5 to get on the scoresheet in our Match Pool.


The standout match of the opening day is Sunday’s clash at the Emirates between Arsenal and Man City. For the first time in 22 years, the Gunners will have a new man in the home dugout, with Unai Emery taking charge, and things are looking a lot more hopeful that they can get back to challenging for a Champions League spot. Despite no real superstars coming in, the likes of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defender Sokratis and midfielder Lucas Torreira add both youth and experience but you would say they’re still a few names away from competing for the title.


After finishing 19 points clear of second, amassing 100 points in the process, Man City are somehow looking even stronger than last season. The addition to Riyad Mahrez just adds to the world-class forward line, while Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy have returned to full fitness, giving Pep Guardiola a full complement of talent to choose from. Judging by their 2-0 Community shield win against Chelsea with key men missing, it’s hard to see how anyone can stop City from dominating the Premier League once again.


While it might not be as comfortable as City’s pair of 3-0 wins against Arsenal last season, you’d back the visitors to pick up three points at x2, in both our Coupon and Match Pool, with Sergio Aguero adding to his brace at Wembley.


Will you turn £1 into £1million? Our Beat the Streak is back, with £1million up for grabs once again. For just £1, pick a team to win their Premier League match each matchday and if they do, you’ll move through to the next week. A lose or draw means you’re out, but with a new game to play for the first 19 weeks of the season, all hope isn’t lost if that occurs. In order to get your hands on the Jackpot, you need to pick 20 consecutive winners, but you can’t pick the same team more than once, so being shrewd with your selections and saving the bigger teams for later in the pool, is what’s required.


Looking at the opening week of fixtures, Liverpool at home to West Ham is tempting, as you’d back a strong looking Liverpool side to come out on top, despite the Hammers also strengthening with some clever signings. But it could be worth saving the Reds for when they play one of the poorer sides. Chelsea travel to Huddersfield but again, I would leave them for a later date.


Tottenham away to Newcastle seems like a good choice in the opening week, while if you’re looking for an outsider to use up, newly promoted Fulham fit the bill. They’ve spent more than £70million on the likes of Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Alfie Mawson, and take on a Crystal Palace side that blow hot and cold. The Cottagers should have enough to steer well clear of any danger, and seem like a good bet to get their season underway with three points.


Alongside our Beat the Streak is our traditional Last Longest game, which has the same rules but instead of being a Jackpot game, has £1,000 guaranteed in each pool.


Elsewhere there’s a Fantasy 5-A-Side, Week One Predictor, GoalScorer Challenge and Goals Coupon to play.


Make sure you take advantage of our big money pools and turn all that Premier League knowledge into BIG cash at i-pools throughout the new season!


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