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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,August 6,2018

Football is back with a bang as the Football League season got underway this weekend, and there was no shortage of drama with late winners galore in the Championship. Man City were far too good for Chelsea in the Community Shield, while England edged past India in the first Test in what will go down as a classic. Here’s who won what in those pools and more over the weekend:


Championship Coupon & 5-A-Side: Our Coupon and Fantasy games are still live, with prizes to be paid at the conclusion of tonight’s Hull v Aston Villa encounter. HanFDog is set for the £106 first prize in our £2 Coupon but is only one point ahead of the Young Pretender. Whatever happens tonight, it seems as if HanFDog can’t be piped as a Villa win will seal his first entry the winnings, while a Hull victory will secure Dog six points that will see another of their entries come out on top, and the same will happen if it ends in a draw. A shock win for Bolton at newly relegated and promotion favourites West Brom, scored them 10 points as Banker, and looks like being the big difference in our pool.


In our 5-A-Side, ScottRovers88 is looking good for the  £30 first prize, with Blackburn’s Bradley Dack scoring 22 points as Banker after netting in their 2-2 draw at Ipswich. Stoke’s Benik Afobe added 12 points after scoring in his side’s disappointing 3-1 defeat at Leeds, and Sammy Ameobi chipped in with 16, scoring double as outsiders Bolton stunned West Brom.


Championship Match Pools: We also ran Match Pools for all the televised Championship games this weekend, starting with Reading against Derby on Friday night. It looked like being a tough start to life as a manager for Frank Lampard when Jon Bodvarsson gave Reading the lead early in the second half, but on-loan Chelsea prospect Mason Mount equalised shortly after thanks to home goalkeeper Vito Mannone’s error. Just when it looked like Lampard would have to settle for a draw, Tom Lawrence nodded in the winner right at the death to seal a dramatic win. Kingg took home £30 in our £2 pool, for predicting a Derby win, three or more goals to be scored and for any team to come from behind to win.


Swansea began life back in the Championship with a fine 2-1 win at Sheff Utd, with another late winner deciding it. George Baldock gave the hosts the lead just after the hour, but Oliver McBurnie levelled shortly after, before substitute Yan Dhanda scored with his very first touch in senior football. That meant GrimmReaper secured £30 in our Match Pool, after predicting a Swansea win, McBurnie to score and a team to come back from behind.


Leeds impressed with a 3-1 victory against title favourites Stoke. Marcelo Bielsa’s men took an early lead through Mateusz Klich, before Pablo Hernandez doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, thanks to a Jack Butland error. Debutant Benik Afobe got Stoke back in the game from the spot but Liam Cooper made sure of the points soon after to seal a fantastic opening day win for the new boss. Snowy1985 was victorious in our Match Pool, Banking a Leeds win and predicting three or more goals to be scored among their correct selections.


Community Shield Match Pool: Man City continued where they left off last season with a dominant 2-0 win against an undercooked Chelsea at Wembley, to seal the first piece of silverware this season. Sergio Aguero scored his 200th City goal on 13 minutes as last season’s Premier League champions were quick out of the blocks, and on another day would have been out of site at the break. Wonderkid Phil Foden impressed and got an assist with Aguero’s first goal and the Argentine made it 2-0 before the hour and despite key players such as Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva absent, it was a mismatch against a Chelsea side also missing several key players.


In our £2 Match Pool, Jamiemiller picked up £55 with his correct predictions including selecting City to win and nine or fewer corners to be taken, while Banking no cards to be shown. MattHeasman won £45 in our £10 pool, after Banking a City win.


England v India 1st Test Pools: England’s 100th Test match proved to be one of their best as they put on a thriller with India at Edgbaston, that will live long at the memory.


After batting first, it looked like being a familiar tale as England collapsed from 216-3 to 287 all out with Joe Root top scoring with 80. But the fight back with the ball was led by 20-year-old Sam Curran who took 4-74 as India were restricted to 182-8. But Virat Kohli put on a batting clinic to show why he’s the best rated batsmen in the world, scoring 149 - no other Indian got past 26 - as his side climbed up to 274.


In their second innings, England were in disarray at 87-7 but having decent batsman in the tail paid off as Curran shone once again, this time with the bat, to bring up his maiden Test 50 as he made 63 off just 65 balls. Ishant Sharma took 5-51 as India were set 194 to win, which was never going to be easy on a pitch that was good for both batting and bowling.


India kept losing wickets and were restricted to 110-5 by the end of day three but Virat Kohli made 51 and his wicket was proving to be the deciding factor in where the match was heading. That was the case as once Ben Stokes dismissed him with the score 141-7, the Indians were soon all out for 162, losing by just 31 runs in a true classic.


LuckoftheHat’s team of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli as Banker, Ravi Ashwin, Jonny Bairstow and Jimmy Anderson, led them to £52 in our guaranteed Pick 5, while MattHeasman took home £72 in the £10 game. In our Predictor, Paullovatt sweept our £2, £10 and £25 games, scoring big points for Banking an England win.


Bridgestone Invitational Fantasy Fourballs: Justin Thomas warmed up for the PGA Championship with victory in the Bridgestone Invitational. He scored Jaguar80 300 points, who won our £2 Fourball to bag £85, with Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley making up the rest of their team.

What’s coming up this week at i-pools: It’s going to be a packed week of sport, with the start of the Premier League highlighting the busy schedule, with Man Utd v Leicester kicking-off things on Friday night. There’s £000’s up for grabs in guarantees, as well as £1,000,000 to play for so check out our array of Premier League games which start this weekend. The last golfing major of the year takes place from this Thursday with the PGA Championship, with big guarantees to play for, while England face India in the second Test at Lords, also from Thursday.


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