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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,August 13,2018

To say the sporting weekend was action packed would be an understatement. There was plenty of top quality sport, with the Premier League returning, England thrashing India at Lord’s and Brooks Koepka winning his second major of the year at the PGA Championship. Here’s who won what in our array of big money pools this weekend:


Premier League Coupon: The Premier League returned in style this weekend, and we guaranteed the £2 Coupon with £1,000 in the prize fund to mark the occasion. FlopMyNutz came on top out of nearly 400 players in a tight finish, to get their hands on the £330 first prize. They clearly know their onions, correctly predicting the results of all 10 matches, to finish two points clear of HanFDog, who came second with nine correct predictions.


A win for Crystal Palace at newly promoted Fulham scored both players three points, while the 2-2 draw between Wolves and Everton, bagged Flop six points with the stalemate their Banker. The difference maker came at Vicarage Road, with Flop scoring two points for backing Watford, who overcame Brighton with a 2-0 victory. This was HanFDog’s only incorrect score, who went for a draw.


Paullovatt scooped a total of £187 for finishing top of both the £10 and £25 Coupons, with Bournemouth’s 2-0 win against Cardiff scoring four points as his Banker.


Fantasy 5-A-Side: Drdevious scooped £53 in our £2 Fantasy game. Liverpool goalkeeper Allison scored 14 points after keeping a clean sheet on his debut, as the Reds ran out 4-0 winners against West Ham. Jan Vertonghen scored Spurs’ opener in their 2-1 win at Newcastle, en route to adding 13 points to Drdevious’ team, while West Ham’s Felipe Anderson and Huddersfield’s Alex Pritchard scored six a piece. Jamie Vardy was the big scorer for devious, coming through with 44, as a x2 multiplier and their Banker. Vardy came on to net in Leicester 2-1 defeat at Man Utd, with the Foxes one of the longest odds to win over the weekend.


Mohamed Salah as Banker helped The Professor take home a total of £137 for cleaning up the £10 and £25 Fantasy games.


Beat the Streak for £1million: Your journey to £1million began in our opening day Beat the Streak, with 176 players successfully picking the first of 20 consecutive winners. However, 42 of you fell at the first hurdle.


Southampton let the most of those eliminated down, with 10 going out for choosing the Saints, who could only manage a goalless draw at home to Burnley. If you checked out our Premier League preview blog, you would’ve seen we went for a Fulham win as our outside tip, but the newly promoted side lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace, which knocked out nine players.


Liverpool was the most popular choice, with more than 50 of you correctly backing them to beat West Ham, while 40 players chose Bournemouth to see off Cardiff.


If you’re one of the 42 players who’ve already been eliminated, fear not as there’s a brand new game to play for each of the first 19 weeks of the season, starting from this Saturday!


Pick of the Match Pools: We ran a Match Pool for each televised Premier League game, starting with the opener at Old Trafford. Man Utd got off to a winning start, beating Leicester 2-1. Paul Pogba got them off to the perfect start, converting a penalty after just three minutes, and despite Leicester impressing, Luke Shaw sealed things late on with his first ever senior goal. Vardy’s last minute strike proved to be just a consolation for the visitors. Bookiebasher and dmason05 finished joint top of our £2 pool, to both win £38. Both players went for a Man Utd win, three or more goals to be scored and Banking a goal to be scored in added time of either half.


Big spending Wolves and Everton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday. Record signing Richarlison began to repay the large fee with a brace on his Everton debut, as the visitors twice took the lead but were pegged back each time, first by a Ruben Neves free kick - which Phil Jagielka saw red for - before Raul Jimenez struck with 10 minutes to play on his Wolves debut. Jamietis bagged £36 for correct predictions including four or more goals to be scored and Banking Neves to score at anytime.


The stand out game of the weekend saw Arsenal, under new boss Unai Emery, host last season’s runaway leaders Man City. The Champions showed they will take some stopping this season, with a dominant display, led by Raheem Sterling who scored a stunner inside the opening 15 minutes. Bernardo Silva staked his claim for a more prominent role this season, netting the second, as Pep’s men got off to a scintillating start. In our £2 pool, Salbags won £50 for finishing top, Banking a City win, while scoring points for selecting the Arsenal keeper to make five or more saves, and for Arsenal defender Sokratis to be booked at anytime. Matt Heasman picked up £54 in the £10 game, while Balj scooped £92 in the £25 pool.


England v India 2nd Test Pools: England made light work of India at Lord’s, winning by an innings and 159 runs to move 2-0 up in the five match series. This was despite losing a day and a half to rain, making it the third shortest in England over the past 100 years, in terms of balls bowled.


England elected to bowl in favourable bowling conditions and bundled India out for 107, with Jimmy Anderson once again destroying the visitors, taking 5-20. England were in a spot of bother at 89-4 in their innings, but Jonny Bairstow (93) and Chris Woakes (137 not out), put on 189 for the sixth wicket, as England declared on 396-7. With the rain relenting on day four, overcast skies played into England’s hands once more, as India could only muster 130, with Stuart Broad and Anderson taking four wickets a piece, to leave India on the ropes with three matches still to play.


Pl1324 won £50 in our Fantasy Pick 5, for their team of Keaton Jennings, Virat Kohli, Ravi Ashwin, Bairstow as Banker and Anderson. Paullovatt claimed more than £130 for clearing house in the £10 and £25 pools, while he also came out on top in our £2 and £10 2nd Test Predictor. The third Test starts Saturday, so turn your predictions into some tidy cash here.


PGA Championship Fantasy Fourballs: Brooks Koepka won his second major of the year, getting his hands on the PGA Championship, despite pressure from Tiger Woods. Koepka adds to his victory at the US Open, after shooting a four-under par 66 in the final round to win by two shots, with Woods finishing second after a final-day 64. ScottRovers88 bagged £200 of the guaranteed £500 in our Fantasy Fourballs, with tournament winner Keopka scoring 300 points. Xander Schauffele, Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker made up the rest of the winning team.




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