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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
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Monday,January 22,2018
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There was plenty of Fantasy, Last Longest and Prediction games to keep you going in another busy weekend of sporting action. Whether football, cricket, tennis or NFL is your thing, there’s always a game made for you at i-pools, and here’s a look at who won what - and how our Premier League Matchday 24 games stand - over the past weekend:

 

Premier League Coupon: With tonight’s Monday Night Football between Swansea and Liverpool completing Matchday 24, it’s still all to play for in our £2 Coupon. As it stands, MattHeasman and Darren are joint top with 16 points and are set to each take home £150 of the £500 prize fund. That will be the case if Liverpool come away from the Liberty Stadium with an expected three points, but if they don’t then either one of two different players will swoop in to take the cash.

 

With a Swansea win worth nine points in our Coupon, 16th place tristan chaplin with 11 points on the board, will win first prize if the Swans shock the Reds, and what’s more, tristan has Swansea as his Banker option meaning a home win will score 18 points.

 

A draw will see marsden21, who is currently 40th with nine points, claim the top prize, with a stalemate their Banker option that would be worth 10 points for a correct prediction.

 

Going back to the current joint leaders, MattHeasman’s Banker scored four points, as Leicester saw off Watford 2-0, which cost Marko Silva his job. Darren managed to bag six points after Banking a draw between West Ham and Bournemouth, which ended 1-1 at the London Stadium.

 

Fantasy 5-A-Side: Our £2 5-A-Side game is also all to play for. As it stands, Lufcgazza and Hoofaround69 are joint top but Hoofaround doesn’t have any players from Swansea or Liverpool that can still win them points, while eight of the top 10 do. Gazza has Mohamed Salah as one of their midfielders, and with two points awarded for a start, that will already be enough to pull clear of Hoofaround. If Salah continues his fine form, that will surely be enough for Gazza, although third place Delwyn is just a point behind, and has Virgil van Dijk as their defender, with eight points for a clean sheet very much up for grabs.

 

All of the top 12 players scored 64 points for Banking Sergio Aguero, who scored a hat-trick in Man City’s 3-1 win against Newcastle, while Eden Hazard’s fine display which included a brace against Brighton, scored both Hoofaround and Gazza 24 points.

 

Match Pools: As usual, we ran a Match Pool for each televised Premier League game, starting with Brighton v Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. Chelsea ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in the end but were fairly lucky at times, with the hosts having at least one penalty appeal wrongly dismissed. Eden Hazard and Willian put the visitors 2-0 up inside six minutes and while Brighton put up a vaillant display, late goals from Victor Moses and Hazard put gloss on the final scoreline.

 

AndyMiller75 picked up £29 for winning our £2 Match Pool, for correctly predicting a Chelsea win, four or more goals to be scored and Baking Willian to score at anytime.

 

Despite being frustrated by a stubborn Newcastle side, a Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped Man City bounce back from defeat to Liverpool, with a 3-1 victory against the Toon. After going 2-0 up, Jacob Murphy pulled one back to shock City, but Aguero completed his treble from the spot late on. STEAKNCHIPS won £33 for finishing top of our Match Pool, with several correct predictions, including a City win, four or more goals to be scored, a penalty to be scored and Ciaran Clark to be booked at anytime.

 

Tottenham’s top four hopes took a blow as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at Southampton, who remain 18th after extending their winless run to 11 matches. A Davison Sanchez own goal gifted the Saints the lead, but Harry Kane levelled shortly after and both teams had clear cut opportunities to take the three points.

 

Halli74 and Tristan Chaplin finished joint top of our Match Pool, after both scoring double points for Banking a draw, and also correctly predicting two or fewer goals to be scored.

 

Australia v England 3rd ODI: England bounced back from their woeful Ashes annihilation by going 3-0 up in the five match ODI series, with a 16 run win on Sunday. A brilliant unbeaten partnership of 113 between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes, rescued England from 189-6 to post 302-6 after 50 overs. Woakes finished unbeaten on 53, while Buttler secured his fifth ODI century from the final ball of the innings. Middle order fifties from all rounders Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis kept Australia in the hunt, but some fine death bowling left too much for the lower order to do, as the Aussies could only manage 286-6, to succumb to a series defeat.

 

In our Fantasy Pick 5, chesterman69 was victorious, for their team of Aaron Finch as Banker, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood. In our Match Predictor, MattHeasman claimed first prize, scoring double points for Banking an England win, picking Adil Rashid to take the most wickets in the match, the England keeper to make the most dismissals, and England making between 31-40 runs before losing their first wicket.

 

Best of the rest: Sunday saw the NFL Conference Championships take place, with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles both securing wins to see them move on to the Superbowl in two weeks time. The Professor claimed top prize in our combined Coupon, which featured nine questions on how you thought the action would unfold.

 

Lastly, NickW17 and mbandrews both won just under £20 for both making eight correct predictions in Sunday’s Australian Open Coupon, which included Kyle Edmund’s impressive last 16 victory against Andreas Seppi.

 

What’s coming this week at i-pools: There’s plenty to keep you interested, with Match Pools for the second legs of the League Cup semi-finals, while we’ll continue to run Daily Coupons for the Australian Open. The Big Bash League rolls on with a Fantasy game each day, while this weekend sees England attempt to complete a 5-0 ODI whitewash against the Aussies, and expect plenty of magic from the FA Cup Fourth Round!

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