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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,January 29,2018

An historic Australian Open title for Roger Federer, a thrilling finish in the Australia v England 5th ODI and a shock or two in the FA Cup - it was quite the weekend of thrilling sporting action. As ever, that meant thousands paid out in prizes right here at i-pools, and here’s a look at who won what:


FA Cup Coupon: With more than £150 in the prize fund, SmudgerS finished on top of our 87 seat £2 Coupon, to pick up £69. Their six correct match result predictions - out of 12 - accumulated 36 points, a seven point victory ahead of second place HanFDog.


Among their correct predictions that helped claim first prize, was a draw between Huddersfield and Birmingham, which was worth three points, so too was League Two Coventry’s surprise 1-0 win away to League One MK Dons. Wins for Brighton and Wigan, who saw off Premier League side West Ham, also scored three points each, while fourth tier Newport’s outstanding draw against a strong Spurs team scored Smudger six points, which proved to be the difference as HanFDog went for an away win. West Brom’s fine 3-2 win at Anfield was worth 18 points as Banker, as the Premier League strugglers stunned one of the favourites to lift the cup.


FA Cup 5-A-Side: We ran a Fantasy game which included the six televised games, with players from underdogs Yeovil, Peterborough, Newport and Cardiff scoring you double points.


TeeDeeEye53 scooped £36 in our £2 game, securing a three point win ahead of Hoofaround69. TeeDeeEye picked Newport’s Joe Day in goal, who despite scoring double points, made just four, the same amount Peterborough defender Stephen Taylor scored. Midfielder Jay Rodriguez bagged 44 points as Banker, after his brace in West Brom’s brilliant 3-2 win at Anfield, while a Kelechi Iheanacho double in Leicester’s 5-1 victory at Peterborough scored a further 22 points.  


FA Cup Match Pools: We ran a pool for each televised game, starting with Yeovil v Man Utd on Friday night. It was a comfortable 4-0 win for the 2016 winners, with Rashford, Herrera, Lingard and Lukaku among the goals. Mfcrip1986 was victorious in our £2 Match Pool, for picking United to win, four or more goals to be scored and Banking Herrera to score at anytime.


Early goals from debutant Diabate and Iheanacho, who both scored twice, put any chances of a shock at Peterborough to bed, as Leicester ran out 5-1 winners. Mickspix picked up the cash in our Match Pool, mainly for Banking a Leicester win.


Despite Harry Kane’s late equaliser, it was an historic 1-1 draw for Newport at home to Spurs, who were left red faced despite naming a strong side. Picking Kane to score helped Paullovatt finish joint top of our pool, alongside mbandrews.


West Brom stunned Liverpool at Anfield, with a brace from Jay Rodriguez helping the Baggies shock the Reds, in a game overshadowed by VAR holding up play. AndyMiller75 won more than £25, thanks to Banking a West Brom win which scored 360 out of his points total of 460. AndyMiller was also victorious in our Chelsea v Newcastle pool, in which the Blues won 3-0.


MBAndrews picked up £30 for selecting Man City to beat Cardiff, and Sterling to score at anytime, as City saw off their Championship opponents with a comfortable 2-0 victory.


Australia v England 5th ODI: It was a thriller in the final ODI, as England snuck a 12 run win to take the series 4-1. Another half century from Joe Root helped England make 259, but Andrew Tye’s 5-49 pegged them back after 300 looked on the cards. Marcus Stoinis hit 87 to lead the Australian reply, and at 189-4 with plenty of time left, it looked like being a second win in a row for the hosts. But Tom Curran led England’s fightback, taking 5-35, and despite late runs from Tim Paine, Curran held his nerve to take the wicket of Paine and bowl out the Aussie’s 12 runs shy of the total.


ShaunFoster1 took home the cash in our Fantasy Pick 5 for the final ODI, for their team of Bairstow, Warner, Mitchell Marsh as Banker, Hazlewood and man-of-the-match Curran. In our 5th ODI Predictor, GrimReaper won it for Banking an England win and picking the England wicketkeeper to make more dismissals than his Australian counterpart. We also ran series long pools, in which Jsparkes won £55 in our Pick 5, and pl1234 secured just under £20 in the series Predictor.


Australian Open Final: Roger Federer continued his marvelous form in the twilight of his career, winning a record equaling sixth Australian Open Final, in a five set thriller against Marin Cilic. After leveling things up through a second set tie break, Cilic also pulled it back to 2-2, claiming the fourth set 6-3 but fell apart in the decider as Federer cruised to a 6-1 win, to lift his 20th career Grand Slam title.


CliveCooper took home the cash in our Match Pool for the final, correctly predicting that five sets would be played and Banking 37 or more aces to be served.


What’s coming up this week at i-pools: It’s a busy week of sporting action, giving you plenty of chances to win big right here. There’s a full complement of Premier League pools to play, including £500 guaranteed in our Coupon. Thursday sees the start of the Premier League of Darts, with big money up for grabs in our week one Predictor and there’s £500 guaranteed in our season-long Golf Lucky 7 that shuts Friday, and £1million to play for in our Year of Sport pool, which closes on Saturday, so don’t miss out on our great value games!









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