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Turn Your Sporting Knowledge Into £1,000,000
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Friday,February 2,2018
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If you thought 2017 was a fine year of sport, get ready for 2018 where things are set to be turned up a notch. With the FIFA World Cup and Ryder Cup set to take place this year, 2018 promises to be a sporting year to remember.

 

You can make it even more memorable by giving yourself the chance to win £1,000,000 in our brand new Jackpot predictor. Answer 12 questions on the major sporting events in our Year of Sport Pool 2018 and if you get all 12 correct, the £1 million Jackpot will be coming your way. Entry is just £5 and you can enter as many times as you want to give yourself a greater chance of becoming a millionaire.

 

With the deadline for entries on 3 February, there’s plenty of time to do your research but in the meantime, here’s a look at the great sport coming up this year:

 

Football - World Cup and Champions League: With just five months until the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the excitement is already creeping in for arguably the biggest sporting event in the world.

 

The usual suspects of Brazil and Germany are among the favourites with the bookies to lift yet another World Cup, with the Brazilians outright favourites at odds as short as 4/1. Despite their 7-1 humiliation in the semi-finals of their home World Cup four years ago, Brazil are looking strong after cruising to top spot in the South American qualifiers, and with the likes of Phillipe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Fernandinho, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves just to name a few, they will be a real threat.

 

The same can be said for world number one and holders Germany, who won all 10 games in qualification and even won last year’s Confederation Cup with their reserves. The hardest job manager Joachim Low will have is somehow picking just 23 players in his final squad, with at least 40, if not more, viable options.

 

Both teams are x2 multipliers - meaning they’ll score you double points - in question five of our Year of Sport Pool, in which you must pick who you think will win the World Cup. England are an outside shout at x4, providing they make it out the group, even if it does look rather straightforward but how many times have we said that before?!

 

The 2017/18 Champions League is the most open for years, with at least eight real contenders for the crown. That will be cut to at least six with Chelsea facing Barcelona and Real Madrid taking on PSG in the last 16.

 

Man City are favourites to lift their first Champions League trophy and can’t be overlooked after easing through the group stages and will surely make it through their last 16 tie with Basel. PSG are second favourites but face a Real Madrid side who are going for their third consecutive title. Then come Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but the Spanish giants must first negotiate a tricky tie with Chelsea. All I can say is good luck picking a winner in question four of our Pool…

 

Golf - The Masters and the Ryder Cup: It’s a huge year of golf, with the Ryder Cup to take centre stage in September. But first up will be the Masters in April, and if it’s just half as good as last year’s tournament, it should be another thriller. On that occasion, Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Rose in a playoff to win his first major and will be back again to attempt to regain his crown. The last three winners of the Masters have all been first time major winners, so can we expect the same yet again?

 

Question three is where you must predict a winner for the Masters, with a previous American major winner a x2 option, and a first time American major winner x3 (ie would score you triple points). Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are also all x3 choices, with McIlroy attempting to win a first major since 2014.

 

A 17-11 victory for the United States in 2016, secured the Ryder Cup after three successive wins for team Europe. Captain Thomas Bjorn will be hoping his European side regain the Ryder Cup this September, when the famous cup travels to France.

 

The US are slight favourites to retain the trophy with three of its players occupying the top three spots in the world rankings. You have to predict what the winning margin will be in question nine of our Pool, with a point scored for each point the trophy is won by, so if the Ryder Cup is won by three or more points, that’s the amount you’ll score.

 

Cricket - England v India: August’s Pataudi Trophy is still a long way off, especially when you consider the amount of cricket still to play between now and then. After their meek surrender of the Ashes Down Under, England’s next Test assignment will be a two match series in New Zealand, before hosting Pakistan for another two matches, with plenty of limited overs cricket inbetween.

 

India are currently in South Africa for a three match series which according to the current schedule, will be their last Test matches before their UK tour.

 

England are obviously much stronger at home than they are abroad, but a shock defeat at Headingley in their 2-1 series win against West Indies last year, showed they are still reeling from horrid away form. With only seven wins in their last 20 Tests and with plenty of question marks over a fragile batting line-up, expect a tougher home series with India than in times gone by.

 

Currently number one in the Test rankings, India have dominated the last two and a half years in the longest form of the game, although most their cricket has been at home, apart from tours in the West Indies and Sri Lanka. Traditionally poor overseas, the next two series will be a real test for the Indians, although they seem much more well equipped than previous teams.

 

Arguably the marquee series of the year, our cricket question asks how many Tests will England win in this five match series, with 2 or 3 (both x2) the shortest odds.

 

Enjoy what will surely be a scintillating year of sport in style right here at i-pools, by entering our Pool, and giving yourself the chance to win £1 million.

 
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