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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,December 18,2017

It was quite the weekend of sport, with Ashes, World Darts Championship and Premier League action. With thousands paid out - or due to be - in prizes, he’s who won what across our Fantasy, Last Longest and Predictions games, starting with how our Matchday 18 Premier League pools stand:


Premier League Coupon: With Everton hosting Swansea in tonight’s Monday Night Football, there’s still plenty to play for in our £2 Coupon. As it stands, Darkish, Billy50w and Bonified are leading the way in joint first, but that could all change tonight depending on the result. A home win will mean Darkish and Billy50w will split the biggest share of the £500 guarantee, while  bonified will claim first prize if it finishes all square. A Swansea victory will see SPA steal in to take home the top prize, despite currently sitting back in 14th. But they’ve Banked a Swansea win which would score 10 points - enough to scoop the cash. The current top three players all scored 10 points for Banking Huddersfield away to Watford, and the Terriers earned a shock 4-1 win.


Fantasy 5-A-Side: Dodger is set to pick up the £50 first prize in our £2 pool. They have Wayne Rooney still to play tonight and you wouldn’t rule out England’s record scorer to continue his fine start to the season. Andymiller75 is the only user that can realistically catch Dodger, providing Jordan Pickford has a stunner for Everton, as Andy is 20 points behind the leader. But with a point for each save made, 10 for a clean sheet and five for a saved penalty, there’s still some hope.


Thibaut Courtois as Banker scored Dodger 28 points, as Chelsea kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 home win against Southampton. Hector Bellerin also helped his side keep a clean sheet, scoring 12 points as Arsenal beat Newcastle 1-0. Kevin De Bruyne scored for Man City as they ripped Spurs apart 4-1, scoring 13 points and Romelu Lukaku added 11 for his goal at West Brom.


Beat The Streak for £1 million: In our £5 game for Matchday 18, 11 players fell at the first hurdle. Six of you were eliminated for picking Watford, who were stunned at home to Huddersfield and five players went out with Leicester, who were also shocked at home as Crystal Palace turned them over 3-0. Six went through with Arsenal and four after picking Chelsea, with both sides earning narrow 1-0 wins. Everton are the most popular choice, with 12 players choosing them to win so will have all eyes on how they get on tonight.


Lowball’s hopes of getting their hands on the £1 million Jackpot in our Matchday 6 game, is over. After picking 12 consecutive winners, Leicester proved their downfall after that shock defeat, leaving Lowball short of 20 straight correct picks.


This week’s Beat The Streak is your final chance of the season to play for £1 million, which goes off on Friday night. Make sure you pick the first of 20 potential consecutive winners as you won’t get another chance until next season!


Match Pools: As usual, we ran a Match Pool for each televised Premier League game, with the pick of the bunch being Man City’s 4-1 win against Spurs. City made it 16 wins on the bounce, as they tore apart a fellow top six opponent, with Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and a Raheem Sterling brace helping City ease to the points. Greatxola67 took home £38 for correct predictions, including a Man City win, Banking 5 or more goals to be scored, De Bruyne to score at anytime and a goal to be scored after 80 minutes.


Ashes 3rd Test - Predictor and Pick 5: For the second tour in our row Down Under, the Ashes have been lost before Christmas as England fell to another defeat to leave Australia 3-0 up. A shocking collapse of 6-35 saw England go from 368-4 to 403 all out in their first innings, before another Steve Smith special of 239 helped Australia pile on 662-9 declared. Despite the best efforts of the rain gods which delayed play by three hours on day five, England could only muster 218 in the second innings as the Aussies claimed victory by an innings and 41 runs.


Bonified picked up £30 in our 3rd Test Predictor, thanks to Banking an Australia win, picking Josh Hazlewood to take the most wickets in the match and the Australian keeper to make the most dismissals in the match. Mfcgadge won £56 in our Fantasy Pick 5, with Smith as Banker scoring 518 points. Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Jonny Bairstow and Josh Hazlewood made up the rest of their team.


World Darts Championship: It’s been quite a start to the biggest party of the festive season, with the PDC World Darts Championship returning last Thursday. There have been plenty of shocks in the opening few days, none more so than last night with eighth seed Dave Chisnall and 11th seed James Wade exiting in the opening round.


Keegan Brown saw off Wade 3-2 while fans favourite Vincent van der Voort, put in a brilliant display to whitewash Chisnall 3-0. DirtyTackle, GrimReaper and bookiebasher finished joint top to each claim £17.83 of the prize fund, with GrimReaper scoring eight points for Banking Brown to beat Wade and the other two players scoring six points with van der Voort as Banker.


What’s coming up this week at i-pools: The darts continues with Daily Coupons for each day, while the League Cup quarter-finals take place this midweek and we’ll be running Match Pools for each televised game. It’s an early start for all our big guaranteed Premier League games as Arsenal host Liverpool on Friday Night. With plenty to play for this week, turn those predictions into some hard cash right here!


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