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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,January 8,2018

It might be a New Year but there was still the same big money prizes won right here this weekend. From the 5th Ashes Test to the magic of the FA Cup, there was plenty to play for once more, and here’s a look at who won what:


FA Cup Coupon: Our Third Round Coupon that featured the 12 stand out matches, is still ongoing with tonight’s Brighton v Crystal Palace derby to play. As it stands, Tomhegney is leading the 127 seat £2 pool and providing Palace win tonight they’ll scoop the £94 first prize. If it ends in a draw or a Brighton victory, Tom will finish joint first as both these results are worth three points in our Coupon meaning he can’t be overtaken outright.


Among Tom’s correct predictions, were Liverpool’s late 2-1 Merseyside Derby win on Friday night which was worth a point, as were victories for Man City and Man Utd. The shock of the round saw League Two Coventry City stun a strong Stoke side 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena, which cost manager Mark Hughes his job. A fantastic strike by defender Jack Grimmer helped Tom pick up 10 points in our Coupon, thanks to scoring double points for Banking a Sky Blues victory.


Last Longest: 21 out of the 36 players who entered our Third Round Last Longest were eliminated at the first hurdle. Five players are out after picking Leeds who were shocked at Newport, while three fell as Leicester could only manage a goalless draw at Fleetwood. Aston Villa were also victims of a shock result, losing 3-1 at home to Peterborough to cost four players a chance of progressing. Arguably the bravest selection in our pool was Lovejoy’s pick of Coventry, but the Sky Blues didn’t disappoint with that aforementioned shock against Stoke.


Cup Match Pools: We ran a Match Pool for all the televised FA Cup games this weekend - and are running one for tonight’s game - which started on Friday night with the explosive Merseyside Derby. A James Milner penalty was canceled out by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s equaliser before the cagey affair was settled by the £75 million debutant, Virgil van Dijk, whose late header sent Liverpool through. MacPhisto finished top of our £2 pool which had more than 50 entries. Among their correct predictions to help them collect £46.64, was Banking Sigurdsson to score at anytime, James McCarthy to pick up a card and a penalty to be scored in our pick an event question.


Both of Saturday’s live matches finished goalless, with a much-changed Leicester being held 0-0 at Fleetwood, while a similarly weakened Chelsea also need a replay after a goalless draw to Norwich at Carrow Road. In our Fleetwood v Leicester Match Pool, Mick Collins won £30 for correctly predicting a draw and Banking 14 or more corners to be taken, while in our Norwich v Chelsea pool, Tristan Chaplin was the winner, with five spot on predictions including selecting a draw and two or fewer goals to be scored.


The big shock on Sunday saw holders Arsenal bow out after suffering a 4-2 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest. A much-changed side fell behind to Eric Lichaj’s header who restored the lead for Forest just before half-time with a stunner. A Ben Brereton penalty made it 3-1 although Danny Welbeck threatened to make the closing stages interesting, pulling a goal back before Kieran Dowell’s successful spot kick sealed a memorable victory. It was a three way tie in our Match Pool, with TonyStully1, The Professor and tristan chaplin all taking home £18.39.


Ashes 5th Test: It was another shambolic England performance in what has long been a disastrous Ashes tour. The visitors were bundled out for just 180 on day 5 of the final Test as Australia romped home to an innings and 123 run win, to end the series with a 4-0 victory.


Going back to day one, England once again threw away a promising start, to collapse from 228-3 to 346 all out, before 150 plus scores from Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh, as well as a 101 from Mitchell Marsh, led the Aussies to a mammoth 649-7. Despite the best efforts of skipper Joe Root, who made 58 before retiring for the second time through dehydration, England only managed to bat less than half the final day to succumb to their second innings defeat of the series.


As with each match of the series, we ran a Predictor and Fantasy Pick 5. Fuzzie and SPA finished joint top, meaning they both picked up just under £25 in our Predictor. Both players correctly predicted an Australia win, Pat Cummins to take the most wickets in the match and the first wicket of the match to fall between overs 6 and 10. SPA added to that win with another in our Pick 5, scooping a total of just under £100 for their four entries finishing in the top four of our £2 pool. SPA’s winning team included Steve Smith as Banker, Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Jonny Bairstow and Pat Cummins.


There were no winners in our Series Jackpot, with £1 million up for grabs for 12 correct predictions. Despite this, SPA continued their hot streak by picking up £133 for topping the pool, with their entry including five correct predictions. Among them were an Australia 4-0 series win, Steve Smith to make the most runs in the series, 12 individual hundreds to be scored, 650-675 for the highest team score and 126-150 as the lowest team score.


Lastly, MICKSPIX was the winner in our NFL Wildcard Week Coupon for seven correct predictions.


What’s coming up this week at i-pools: The Third Round of the FA Cup concludes with Brighton v Palace tonight and our Match is open to join. We’ll also be running Match Pools for both first leg semi-finals of the League Cup. There’s another chance for you to play for the £1 million Jackpot in our 2018 Year of Sport Pool providing you make 12 correct predictions on this year’s big year of sporting action!


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