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New Zealand v England, EFL Cup Final, Six Nations - i-pools Weekend Preview

New Zealand v England, EFL Cup Final, Six Nations - i-pools Weekend Preview
Thursday,February 22,2018

The top quality sporting action keeps on coming with Six Nations, Premier League and ODI cricket for you to enjoy right here in our array of pools. With thousands due to be paid out in prizes across our Fantasy, Last Longest and Prediction games, here’s a look at the big money pools we’ve got coming up this weekend:


Saturday 12:30pm Premier League Matchday 28 Coupon: With the League Cup final on Sunday, there’s only nine games to predict the results of in our Coupon, which has at least £500 in the prize pot if you play for £2.


Leicester at home to Stoke kicks off your predictions, with the home side scoring you double points at x2 if they get an expected win against struggling Stoke, who are outsiders at x4. With the Foxes in fine home form, they should see off Paul Lambert’s men in the early kick-off.


Bournemouth host Newcastle, with the Toon x3 to add to their memorable win against Man Utd, while Swansea are the same price to continue fine unbeaten run at Brighton, and you wouldn’t bet against them. A draw at x3 could be the way to go as Burnley, without a win in 10, host struggling Southampton, while you’d expect Liverpool at x1 to have too much for West Ham.


It’s make or break for basement club West Brom, who could be all but doomed if they fail to get a home win against 17th place Huddersfield, and with so much riding on it, don’t be surprised to see this finish all square at x3.


Watford are x2 to condemn Everton to yet another defeat on the road, while Spurs are just x1 to pick up maximum points at Crystal Palace. The big game of the weekend sees Man Utd face Chelsea at Old Trafford, and in what will surely be a tight and cagey affair, is the draw at x3 the way to go for this? It might well be.


Saturday 4:45pm: Six Nations Match Pool - Scotland v England: It’s another crucial game for England, as they look to keep the pressure on Six Nations leaders Ireland, who take on Wales. England are level on points with Ireland at the top of the table, with the match between the two in the final week looking like being the decider. But first, England must get past a Scotland side who impressed with a fine 32-26 victory against France a fortnight ago, although the English are unbeaten at Murrayfield since 2008.


It was a tight affair against Wales last time out, with Eddie Jones’ men sneaking home 12-6 and they’ve made just the one change, with Nathan Hughes coming in at number eight, while Scotland are unchanged.


There are seven questions to answer in our Match Pool, including the result, with England a -6.5 handicap, which should still come through for you. An England winning margin of 8-14 points at x2 seems like the best way to go in question six, while Jonny May is x1 to add to his brace against Wales, in our pick a player to score a try question. We’re also running Match Pools for France v Italy and Ireland against Wales, along with a week three Predictor, which goes off 8pm Friday.


Sunday 1am: New Zealand v England: 1st ODI Fantasy Pick 5: England’s long old winter tour continues with a five match ODI series in New Zealand from Sunday morning. Eoin Morgan’s men welcome back the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali who were all rested for the T20 Tri-series, where they failed to reach the final as Australia claimed the title.


Ben Stokes is expected to make his welcome return at some point in the series too, although judging by the impressive 4-1 ODI win in Australia, he might find it tougher to win back his place.


In our Pick 5 pool for the first ODI, consistent performer, Jonny Bairstow should be strongly considered as your Batsmen, with the Yorkshireman in fine ODI form since cementing his place in the team. It’s a tough choice as Master Blaster, with the likes of Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jason Roy to choose from, but Martin Guptill could well pip them all with the opener in fine limited overs form, which includes five 50 plus scores in his past 10 innings.


As your All Rounder, it might be best to avoid Stokes for now, which brings hard hitting seam bowler, Colin de Grandhomme into play, who could well be the X-Factor if he comes off.


Adil Rashid was top of the wicket taking charts against Australia, and with leg spin all the rage these days, should be considered as one of your bowlers, with Trent Boult the other, after an impressive average of less than 20 in last month’s 5-0 clean sweep of Pakistan.


Sunday 2:05pm: Man Utd v Chelsea Match Pool: The race for a top four place hots up with this huge clash at Old Trafford. United will move six points clear of Chelsea with a win but the Blues can draw level with the Red Devils, providing they come away from Old Trafford with maximum points for the first time since 2013. Chelsea could drop out of the top four altogether this weekend, just to emphasise the importance of this game.


Looking at our Match Pool, three of the last four matches between the two at Old Trafford have ended all square, and you certainly can’t rule out a draw at x3 in our result question. Two or fewer goals to be scored at x1 seems like a sensible choice in question two while big game player Alexis Sanchez, is the same price to score at anytime. With plenty more to predict, there’s also £100 guaranteed if you play for £2.


Sunday 4:30pm: Man City v Arsenal - League Cup Final Match Pool: The first trophy is on the line with Man City and Arsenal battling it out for League Cup success. After their shock defeat to League One Wigan on Monday ended their quadruple dreams, expect City to take nothing for granted as Pep looks to clinch his first silverware as boss.


Arsene Wenger has never won the League Cup, so will also surely name his strongest possible side, which still might not be enough to stop City from lifting the League Cup for a fifth time, and third since 2014.


That is represented in our Match Pool, with Arsenal a steep x5 to lift the cup for the first time since 1993, while City are just x1. Raheem Sterling at x2 to find the net at anytime, could well be the man to pick, while three or more goals at x1 or even 4 or more at x2 can’t be ruled out between these two attack minded sides.There’s a minimum of £100 in the prize pot of our £2 pool so get predicting!


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