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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,September 3,2018

It was another busy and dramatic weekend of sporting action, especially in the Premier League which now goes on international break for a couple of weeks. The fourth Test between England and India reached an exciting conclusion, while Lewis Hamilton extended his lead on top of the F1 drivers Championship, with victory in Italy. Starting with our Premier League pools, here’s a look at who won what this weekend:


Premier League Coupon: DirtyTackle was victorious in our £2 Coupon, taking home £200 of the guaranteed £500 prize pot. Their seven correct predictions included scoring four points for Southampton’s impressive 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace, and a further three points as Wolves got their first win of the season, at West Ham. They correctly predicted draws between Everton and Huddersfield, and Brighton against Fulham - scoring three points each - but it was Watford who had the biggest part to play in DirtyTackle’s victory. The Hornets shocked Spurs 2-1 to continue their perfect start to the season, and score 10 points as Banker in the process. Bonified won £54 for finishing top of the £10 pool, while pcm37 bagged £161 for finishing on top of the £25 game.


Fantasy 5-A-Side: Hoofaround69 finished top of our £2 5-A-Side, with Romelu Lukaku doing most the damage. The Man Utd striker’s brace in his side’s 2-0 win at Burnley, scored 40 points as Banker, with the rest of Hoofaround’s team adding just 26 between them. Marcos Alonso bagged 16 as Chelsea kept a clean sheet in their 2-0 victory at home to Bournemouth, and despite Alisson’s howler in Liverpool’s win at Leicester, the Brazilian keeper scored five points. Eden Hazard’s goal for Chelsea helped Nashwan89 pick up £92 in the £25 pool, with the Belgium forward scoring 28 points.


Beat the Streak for £1million - Matchday 4: Only 13 out of 36 players progressed in our brand new Beat the Streak game this week, leaving them 19 consecutive winners away from the £1million. Everton were the biggest disappointment, only managing a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield which seemed like a home banker, that eliminated 10 players. Unsurprisingly Man City were the most popular choice across our four games, although they were made to work harder than expected for their 2-1 victory against Newcastle.


Just under 50 players remain in our matchday one game after picking their fourth consecutive winner. The only issue for virtually ever player left in is that they’ve used up quite a few of the big six already, with Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Arsenal among this week’s picks, and considering you can only pick the same team once throughout, choosing a winner each week will only get harder from here.


Premier League Match Pools: Our Match Pool round-up starts from the King Power stadium, as Liverpool continued their perfect start to the season with a 2-1 win at Leicester. Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put the Reds 2-0 up at the break, but Rachid Ghezzal halved the deficit with less than half an hour to play, after Kelechi Iheanacho punished keeper Allisson for trying to overplay from the back. Despite pressure from the Foxes, Liverpool held on to make it four wins from four. Dodger won £30 in our £2 pool, after correctly predicting a Liverpool win and Banking Ghezzal to score at anytime.


Man City bounced back from last week’s draw at Wolves to see off Newcastle 2-1. Raheem Sterling put City ahead inside 10 minutes, before DeAndre Yedlin shocked the Etihad by equalising on the half hour mark. But it was business as usual when Kyle Walker’s stunner won the game for the champions. Marie801 was victorious in our Match Pool, claiming £35 for picking City to win and Sterling to score at anytime.


Arsenal overcame a stubborn Cardiff side in a 3-2 thriller on Sunday. The Gunners led twice with Shkodran Mustafi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the goals but were pegged back first by Victor Camarasa and then by Danny Ward. Alexandre Lacazette’s powerful drive with less than 10 minutes to play won it for Unai Emery’s side. Seanlw19 and The Professor finished joint top, each taking home £22.97 in our £2 Match Pool, while The Professor picked up a further £91 for cleaning up the £10 and £25 games.


The standout clash of the weekend saw Watford make it four wins from four as they punished a below-par Spurs side. An own goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Spurs the lead against the run of play but headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart in the space of 10 minutes, deservedly won it for the hosts. Mfcrip1986 won £50 in our £2 Match Pool, scoring more than half their points for Banking a Watford win, while also picking Troy Deeney to score at anytime.


England v India 4th Test: England wrapped up the series with a Test to play, as they beat India by 60 runs at the Ageas Bowl to move 3-1 up. The Test followed a similar pattern with the rest of the series, as England were reduced to 86-6 before Sam Curran rescued them once again with a brilliant 78. Moeen Ali chipped in with an important 40 as England reached 246. At 142-2 in reply, India were looking good for a decent lead but Virat Kohli’s dismissal led to a collapse, although an unbeaten 132 for Cheteshwar Pujara took India from 195-8 to 273 all out.


England lost wickets at regular intervals but a 69 from Jos Buttler and a 46 from Sam Curran, lifted them to 271, setting India a tricky 245 to level the series. At 22-3, it looked like all hope was lost for the visitors, but half centuries from Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane gave them a chance at 123-3. But once Ali dismissed Kohli, India once again collapsed in a heap to 184 all out to hand England the series, with Ali’s nine match wickets earning him man-of-the-match.


DirtyTackle added £50 to their weekend winnings, by finishing top of our £2 Pick 5, with Ali as Banker scoring 458 points. Kohli scored 124, while Curran added 164. Alastair Cook and Rishabh Pant made up the rest of their team.


Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the F1 standings to 30 points, with victory in the Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton passed Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen with nine laps to go, with Vettel only managing a fourth place finish. MrElvis was the winner in our Pick 6 for the race, with Hamilton top scoring with 26 points.

What’s coming up this week at i-pools: The Premier League might be taking a break but we certainly aren’t, with US Open, England v India 5th Test, England v Spain and NFL week one pools to play so make sure you get involved!




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