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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,April 23,2018

There was a double dosage of top quality football action this weekend, with Matchday 35 of the Premier League running alongside the FA Cup semi-finals. That meant even more cash paid out in prizes right here at i-pools, with more on the way at the conclusion of tonight’s Monday Night Football between Everton and Newcastle.


Here’s a look at who won what this sporting weekend, starting with our FA Cup games:


FA Cup semi-final Pools: There was hundreds paid out in prizes across our array of FA Cup pools, which included guarantees in our £2 Coupon, Fantasy 5-A-Side and Southampton v Chelsea, Man Utd v Spurs Match Pools.


The first semi-final saw Man Utd enter the FA Cup final for a record-equalling 20th time as they came from behind to edge out Spurs 2-1. Dele Alli put Spurs ahead after 11 minutes, but Alexis Sanchez levelled soon after before Andres Herrera scored a second-half winner to condemn Spurs to a eighth successive semi-final loss. Tristan Chaplin won £30 in our £2 Match Pool, for predicting a Man Utd win, Ashley Young to pick up a card and Banking either team to come from behind to win.


Jose Mourinho’s men will face Chelsea in the final after the Blues saw off Southampton 2-0. Olivier Giroud put Antonio Conte’s men ahead within a minute of the restart, with a fine finish but Southampton did have their chances and had a goal controversially ruled out for an apparent slight touch by Charlie Austin on keeper Willy Caballero. Alvaro Morata then came off the bench to seal the win to send Chelsea into successive finals. Kingg was victorious in our Match Pool, Banking Chelsea to win, picking two or fewer goals to be scored and Morata to net at anytime.


Chairmandash secured the £30 first prize in our £2 5-A-Side, with Caballero scoring 15 points in goal, Cesar Azpilicueta adding 30 as Banker and Alli 12 for opening the scoring while Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen made up their team.


Bonified and Tristan Chaplin finished joint top of our Coupon, with both players scoring six points for Banking a Man Utd win and also scoring points for predicting a Chelsea victory and Sanchez and Giroud to score in the respective matches.


Premier League Coupon & 5-A-Side: Hippodrome leads the way in our £2 Coupon and is set for more than £100 if Everton win at home against Newcastle. But if the Toon continue their fine winning streak, then second place Reedy would sneak in to take first prize.


Hippodrome correctly predicted all five match results so far, scoring six points for Banking a draw between West Brom and Liverpool. The Baggies fought back from 2-0 down with late goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon but still face a mountain to climb in the battle for survival. They also scored three points each for draws between Watford and Palace, as well as Burnley’s 1-1 stalemate at Stoke.


Darkish is top of our £2 Fantasy game, but with their nearest competitors still having the opportunity to score points in tonight's game, it’s still all to play for. Darkish is top with 81 points but Chairmandash in joint third is 15 points behind with Jordan Pickford to play tonight, and with points scored for a clean sheet and each save made, can still come from behind to take home the cash. The Young Pretender in third is also 15 points behind and has Cenk Tosun up front, who could help them claim the prize with a goal or two for the Toffees.


IPL Pick 5 Pools: It was a true Super Sunday of IPL cricket, with two last over classics as the best T20 league in the world continued to entertain. First, Chennai Super Kings returned to the top of the table with a narrow last ball four run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ambati Rayudu smashed 79 off 37, while Suresh Raina ended 54 up not out to help CSK post 182-3.


Kane Williamson blasted 84 off just 51 balls to put Sunrisers in contention with the required run rate rising. Despite needing 33 off the final two overs, Sunrisers somehow took it to the last ball but Dwayne Bravo held his nerve in the final over to seal it for CSK. Rukshan picked up £55 in our Fantasy game, for his team of Rayudu, who scored 276 points as Banker, Williamson, Shakib, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.


It was another thriller between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals with the Royals securing a narrow three wicket win with two balls to spare. Half centuries from Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan helped the Indians reach 167-7, while Sanju Samson’s 52 for the Royals kept them in touch in the chase. Wickets pegged the hosts back but with 43 needed off 18 balls, Krishnappa Gowtham, who came in at number eight, smashed 33 off 11 to become an unlikely hero. Chestermann69’s team of Yadav as Banker, Rohit Sharma, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni and Mayank Markande, won them £55 in our Pick 5.


Best of the rest: Mbandrews was victorious in our Saturday Fight Night Predictor, scoring points for Banking an Amir Khan win, who knocked out Phil Lo Greco inside 40 seconds on his return.


Mac291 picked up £30 for finishing top of our Weekend Special, with correct predictions including Man Utd to reach the FA Cup final, Chelsea to beat Southampton by two or more goals and for Khan to win his fight inside seven rounds.

What’s coming up this week at i-pools: It’s a huge week of Champions League football, with both the Liverpool v Roma and Bayern v Real Madrid semi-final first legs taking place, and there’s plenty to play for in our Fantasy 5-A-Side and Match Pools. There’s a Fantasy Pick 5 to play each day as the IPL continues, while more than £1,000 must be won in total in Thursday’s Premier League Darts Predictor!


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