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    Jarrod got a reaction from deluxy88 in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
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    Jarrod got a reaction from Thepug in IEM Katowice 2020    
    IEM Katowice 2020 
    A recap by @jianisniceyo
     
    Top CSGO teams from all over world battle it out in Katowice – The home of Esports, where they’re fighting for a prize pool of $500,000. The group stage format is a double-elimination GSL Bo3 and the playoffs is in a single elimination Bo3 format, and the Grand Finals is to be held in Bo5.
    The teams from group A are:
    Astralis Cloud 9 FaZe fnatic Natus Vincere Ninjas in Pyjamas Renegades Vitality The teams from group B are:
    100 Thieves Evil Geniuses G2 Liquid MAD Lions Mousesports Tyloo Virtus Pro  
     
    OPENING ROUND
    GROUP A
    The first match in Group A resulted in a sweep between Vitality and NIP, where Vitality took the upper hand. The maps played are Vertigo which is NIP’s pick and Nuke which is Vitality’s pick. The win came from the contribution of ALEX having a rating of 1.43. Vitality moves on to upper semi-finals, NIP goes to lower round 1.
    The next match we have in group A is between Astralis and Cloud 9 which also came out as a 2-0 victory in favour of Astralis. The maps played are Overpass which is Cloud 9’s pick and Train which is Astralis’ map pick. Device came in crazy hot with all cylinders blazing having a rating of 1.57 and also Xyp9x , the clutch minster, once again proves why he is named as such having a rating of 1.52 thus giving Astralis the boost to overpower Cloud 9 2-0. Astralis moves on to upper semi-finals, Cloud 9 goes to lower round 1.
    Next match, we have Natus Vincere versus FaZe, both teams with top caliber players in the likes of s1mple, Perfecto, NiKo, and coldzera. This match did not disappoint, it went to 3 full maps Nuke, which is FaZe’s map pick and they won it convincingly with 16-9 map score. The 2nd map was at Dust2 which is NaVi’s map pick, it was a nail biter of a game but NaVi came out on top where they won it 16-14. The last map was Overpass where NaVi showed they are the better team in Overpass and won it 16-10. This was the closest series so far where it went back and forth but NaVi came out on top. Natus Vincere moves on to upper semi-finals, FaZe goes to lower round 1.
    The last match of the opening round was between Renegades and fnatic, it started on Dust 2 which is Renegades’ map pick but fnatic decimated them in map 16-4 behind a 1.69 rating of JW. The second map was inferno which is fnatic’s it was looking like Renegades is taking this map at the half, but fnatic managed to come back behind a strong performance of JW. Fnatic won this game 2 maps to none of Renegade. Fnatic moves on to upper semi-finals, Renegades goes to lower round 1.
     
    GROUP B
    The first match in Group B we see the French team G2 take on 100 thieves, G2 rolled past them with a very quick 2-0 where we only see 37 rounds played! The first map was Mirage which was 100 Thieves’ map pick but G2 convincingly won 16-3. The second map was Dust2, which is G2’s map pick, and they won 16-2. The quick stomp was because of huNter-’s 1.77 rating and  AmaNEk’s 1.74. G2 moves on to upper semi-finals, 100 thieves goes to lower round 1.
     The next match we see was between the mousesports and the Chinese powerhouse Tyloo. Tyloo tried to put up a fight but mousesports were too much for them. The first map was Inferno where it was Tyloo’s map pick but mousesports performed better winning the map 16-5. The second map was Dust2 which is mousesports’ map pick they closed out the map 16-10. Mousesports moves on to upper semi-finals, Renegades goes to lower round 1.
    In the third match in the opening round of group B, we have Liquid taking on Virtus Pro. The first map was Vertigo which is Virtus Pro’s map choice. The first map went to overtime but Team Liquid managed to close it 19-16. The second map was Mirage which is team Liquid’s map choice and it went their way 16-9 behind a masterful performance of ELiGE going off with a rating of 1.55. Team Liquid moves on to to upper semi-finals, Virtus Pro goes to lower round 1.
    In the last match of our opening round, we have the Danish team MAD Lions taking on Evil Geniuses. The first map was Vertigo and it was MAD Lions’ map pick, but Evil Geniuses got the upper hand closing it out 16-7. The second map we have Dust2 which was Evil Geniuses map pick, but MAD Lions managed to close it on a nail biter 16-14. The third map was Nuke where Evil Geniuses took out MAD Lions easily closing the map out and the series 16-5. Evil Geniuses moves on to upper semi-finals, MAD Lions goes to lower round 1.
     
     
    LOWER ROUND 1
    GROUP A
    Here we have Ninjas in Pyjamas take on Cloud 9 where they quickly disposed of Cloud 9. Playing only a total of 43 rounds. The first map was Overpass which was Cloud 9’s map pick where they got de_cimated. 16-2. The second map was Vertigo which is NiP’s map pick it, the half started heavily in favour of NiP thus giving them the lead coming in to the next half where they managed to beat Cloud 9 16-9. Ninjas in Pyjamas move on to lower Semi-Finals, Cloud 9 is eliminated.
    The next match of our lower round we get to see Renegades take on FaZe Clan. The first map was on Inferno which was Renegades’ map pick but FaZe came out on top closing the first map 16-12. The second map was Mirage, FaZe won the half convincingly and they ended the map 16-12. FaZe moves on to upper semi-finals, Renegades is eliminated.
     
    GROUP B
    Lower round action commences in Group B where 100 thieves is set to take on Tyloo. Tyloo chose the first map which is Inferno, but 100 thieves came out on top behind the back of a 1.54 rating on jks. They won the map 16-9. The second map was 100 thieves’ map pick and it was Vertigo. This time it was Liazz’s turn to go off, he tore down Tyloo with a rating of 1.60 closing the ending the map and Tyloo’s hope as they eliminate them. 100 thieves move on to lower Semi-Finals, Tyloo is eliminated.
    Next, we have the boys from Denmark MAD Lions take on Virtus Pro. The series went to full 3 maps and each one is as close as it can be. The first map was Overpass where it was MAD Lions’ map pick and it came out as a nail biter with MAD Lions staying on the top 16-14. The second map, we have Vertigo which is Virtus Pro’s map pick and it went in their favour winning the map 16-7. Lastly, we have Dust2 which came as close as it can be. It went to MAD Lions’ favour 16-13. MAD Lions move on to lower Semi-Finals, Virtus Pro is Eliminated.
     
     
    UPPER SEMI-FINALS
    GROUP A
    Astralis, the tournament’s apple of the eye, take on Vitality in the upper semi-finals. The French team Vitality, picked Overpass in map 1 where they were defeated by Astralis 16-9 on the back of dupreeh’s masterful performance 1.80 rating. The second map was Vertigo which is Astralis’ map pick where it went down to the wire. It went to double overtime where Astralis outlasted Vitality 22-19. Astralis moves on to upper final, Vitality goes down to Lower semi-finals.
    Next, we get to see the Swedes fnatic as they take on Natus Vincere. The first map was Dust2 which is Natus Vincere’s map pick but fnatic came out as the more prepared team and won the map 16-7 behind KRIMZ who has a whopping 2.16 rating which is the best in the tournament so far. Next map we have Inferno which is fnatic’s map choice it was as close as it can be and it was a nail biter. NaVi barely came out on top 16-14. The third map was Mirage, they are taking rounds from each other back and forth but fnatic showed that they are the better team securing the win and their spot in the upper final. Fnatic moves on to upper final, NaVi goes down to Lower semi-finals.
     
    GROUP B
    Here in group B we have G2 taking on mousesports where we see them go toe to toe as it went to 3 maps. In the first map,  we have Dust2 which is G2’s map choice but mousesports came out as the better Dust2 team winning it 16-13. Next map we see Inferno which is mousesports map choice, but G2 quickly disposed of them 16-6. Third map we have, Nuke which was close at the half with 9-6 but G2 ran away with the win 16-7. G2 moves on to upper final, mousesports goes down to lower semi-finals.
    Our final upper semi-final match was between Liquid and Evil Geniuses where we also see them go the distance with 3 maps being played.  The first map was at overpass which was Liquid’s map choice and the won it convincingly 16-7. The second map was at Nuke which is Evil Geniuses’ map choice and it went to overtime 15-19 where they force a game 3. The 3rd map was in Inferno where Liquid closed 16-10. Team liquid moves on to upper final, Evil Geniuses goes down to lower semi-finals.
     
     
    LOWER SEMI-FINALS
    GROUP A
    In the lower semi-finals in group A we get to see NaVi take on the Swedish ninjas, NiP. The first map was in Mirage which is NiP’s map pick but NaVi rolled over them taking the map 16-3. Behind s1mple’s 2.07 rating. Next map was at Train which is NaVi’s map pick where they were simply the stronger team closing out the map 16-10. Navi moves to Lower final, NiP is eliminated.
    In our next lower semi-finals match in group A, we get to see a showdown between Vitality and FaZe. The first map was Mirage which is FaZe’s map pick, it was a close map with both teams exchanging round after round but Vitality came out on top 16-14 where ZywOo managed to get a rating of 1.84. Next map was Nuke which is Vitality’s map choice but FaZe came out more prepared on Nuke and stealing it away from them 16-11. The third map was Inferno where we get to see the stars of each team perform their best but FaZe came out as the bigger team winning it 16-10. FaZe moves on to Lower final, Vitality is eliminated.
     
    GROUP B
    In our lower semi-finals in Group B, we get to see 100 thieves take on Evil Geniuses, the first map was in Inferno where it was 100 thieves map choice, but Evil Geniuses came out as the better inferno team winning it 16-12. Next map was Nuke where it was Evil Geniuses’ map choice, but 100 thieves stole this away from them 16-12. The third map, was Dust2 where JKAEM and the Aussies showed textbook counter strike and managed to beat Evil Geniuses, eliminating them. 100 Thieves moves on to lower final, Evil Geniuses is Eliminated.
    In our last semi-finals match in Group B, we have MAD Lions versus mousesports. Mousesports breezed through MAD Lions in game 1 where we have Train which was  MAD Lions’ map choice. It ended 16-8 in favour of mousesports. Next map was Dust2 which was mousesports map choice and it proved to do them well. Woxic broke KRIMZ earlier record where this time, woxic went off and had himself a field day getting a rating of 2.45 and eliminating MAD Lions 16-4. Mousesports moves on to lower final, MAD Lions are eliminated.
     
     
    LOWER FINALS
    GROUP A            
    In our lower finals we get to see a rematch of our opening round match day, a rematch between NaVi and FaZe. The first map was in Nuke which is  FaZe’s map choice and they came in really prepared easily taking the first map against NaVi  16-8.  Our second map was in Dust2 which is NaVi’s map choice and this time, FaZe was the one in the receiving end of NaVi’s wrath. The map ended 16-6 in favour of NaVi. In our third match was very close, it was a treat to all counter strike fans out there. They battled it out exchanged round per round but NaVi again proves to be the better team closing it out 16-14. NaVi moves on to playoff quarter-finals, FaZe is eliminated.
     
    GROUP B
    The lower final in group B was between 100 thieves and  mousesports, the first map was in  Inferno where it  was 100 thieves’ map choice but mousesports had this one in the bag. They won it 16-10. The next map was in Dust2 which is mousesports map choice, but 100 thieves proved they are the better Dust2 team and secured their win 16-8. Our next and final map in the lower Finals was in Nuke where 100 thieves proved to be the better team and sealed the deal 16-14. 100 thieves moves on to playoff quarter-finals, mousesports are eliminated.
     
     
    UPPER FINAL
    GROUP A
    In our upper finals, we have Astralis taking on Fnatic. Both are heavy fan favourites going toe to toe. The first map was in Overpass which is fnatic’s map pick but Astralis showed to be the better Overpass team closing the map 16-9. Second map was in Vertigo which is  Astralis’ map choice and they also closed out the map 16-8. To put it simply, Astralis was the only team that showed today thus booking their ticket in the semi-finals. Astralis moves on to playoff semi-finals, fnatic moves on to playoff  quarter-finals.
     
    GROUP B
    Here we get to see the the French squad G2 take on Liquid, the first map was held in Dust2 which is G2’s map choice and it ended in their favour 16-11. The next map was in Vertigo which is Liquid’s map choice but unfortunately for them, it didn’t go their way and resulted in G2 taking the game and the series away from them, the map ended 16-10. G2 moves on the playoff semi-finals, liquid moves on to playoff quarter-finals.
     
     
    QUARTER-FINALS
    The first match of the quarter finals between fnatic and 100 thieves was a treat to all CSGO fans. It went down the wire where both maps played both reached overtimes. The first map was played in Inferno where fnatic took the early lead and 100 thieves managed to push it to overtime but unfortunately for them, they fall short in overtime and fnatic managed to close it out 19-16. The next map was in Mirage which is fnatic’s map pick but this time, 100 thieves had the early lead but fnatic crawled their way back to the game  pushing it to overtime and again outperforming 100 thieves in overtime closing the map 19-16. Fnatic moves on to semi-finals, 100 thieves are eliminated.
    Our next match of the quarter finals was between NaVi and Liquid. The first map was in  Dust2 which is NaVi’s map pick and it proved to benefit them well as they close the round out 16-11. The next match was in Mirage, which is Liquid’s map pick but they fell short and NaVi took advantage of it closing the map out 16-13. NaVi moves on to semi-finals. Liquid is eliminated.
     
     
    SEMI-FINALS
    Semi-finals action commences with NaVi taking on Astralis. Before this game started Astralis where heavy favorites to win but NaVi was the only team that showed. The first map was in Dust2 which is  NaVi’s map pick and they made CSGO against Astralis, the currently ranking number 1 team, look easy. They  closed the map 16-5. Next map was in Nuke which is Astralis’ map pick, but the map benefitted NaVi which again closes the map down 16-5. NaVi moves on to Grand Finals, Astralis is eliminated.
    On the other hand, we have G2 set to take on Fnatic. The series went to full 3 maps, where the first map was in Inferno which is fnatic’s map choice but G2 showed they are the better Inferno team closing the map out 16-12. Next map we have Dust2 which is G2’s map choice but it didn’t benefit them because the Swedes had a field day in Dust2 closed the map 16-11 tying the series. The third map was in Train which came down the wire but ended in G2’s favour 16-13. G2 moves on to Grand Finals, fnatic is eliminated.
     
     
    GRAND FINALS
    The Grand Finals was a Bo5 (Best of 5) filled with counter strike action where both teams select 2 maps each and the last one being random. The first map was in Nuke where it was G2’s map choice but Boombl4 had himself a field day having a rating of 2.58 closing the map 16-4. The next map was Dust2 which is NaVi’s map choice, it came down the wire but NaVi showed they are the better Dust2 team where s1mple took over and secured NaVi the map 16-13. The third map was G2’s map choice which is Mirage, but NaVi made it look easy. They  decimated G2 16-2 where all NaVi’s member were in positive rating. NaVi closed the series 3-0 where Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev  was named MVP of the IEM Katowice 2020.
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    Jarrod got a reaction from GKD09 in A massive waste, or just a wasteful mass?   
    A massive waste, or just a wasteful mass?
    - nuuuitsjdragon
    In a recent statement by Ripple CEO, Brad Galirnghouse, Bitcoin & Ethereum mining have both been flagged as huge culprits in contributing towards global climate change.
    Research done by PWC’s blockchain expert Alex de Vries supports this fact by establishing current levels of electricity consumption for (BTC) mining to have surpassed the entirety of Chile’s (with an 18-million population).
    Correlated statistics for e-waste tell an even more troubling story - 98% of hardware from obsolete mining rigs ends up in landfills. As Bitcoin’s exponential difficulty curve works in tandem with the highly competitive market, it’s of no surprise that a combination of the two will cause e-waste numbers to increase at an alarming pace.
    If mining is truly causing such harm to our environment, perhaps it’s no wonder that Bitcoin and Ethereum miners’ ethics, or lack thereof, is not sitting well with Galirnghouse.
    After all, Ripple has been known to pre-mine ~ 60% of its entire supply - a move some purists define as “Centralised”, which in retrospect may turn out to be a better approach than initially thought.
    While on the topic of Centralisation, it could be interesting to point out that VISA was recently put to the test against Bitcoin for the amount of CO2 released in their transactions. In a shocking reveal, VISA had effortlessly won by a mile, or in this case - 780,650 miles - since that was the number of transactions it took to produce the same amount of Carbon Dioxide for one single Bitcoin transaction.
     
     
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    Jarrod reacted to Darko in SportsBook Markets   
    Hello folks!
     
    Hardcore sport bettors are well aware of all markets pretty much but we have a lot of new players trying out our Sports book and we acknowledge that some of you are having issues with understanding all markets in full. This topic will be for all of you that have any market related question, any uncertainty you have regarding what it means, how different outcomes affect your bet and whatever you can think of just ask. I will do my best to provide reply as soon as I am online.
     
    We have posted several guides already, you can find info on Asian handicaps, Asian totals and odds display options. You can find those guides on these links (thank you @Jarrod for writing them) :
    https://news.stake.com/what-are-asian-totals/
    https://news.stake.com/handicaps-a-sports-betting-guide/
    https://news.stake.com/decimal-fractional-or-american-whats-the-difference/
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    Jarrod got a reaction from JieunSuzy in UEFA Champions League Preview   
    UEFA Champions League Preview
    By: @JieunSuzy (@bryanjon28)
    Chelsea F.C. vs FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday, 25th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT
    Chelsea will be welcoming Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of 16 at Stamford Bridge, London on Tuesday night. Memories will be stirred of Chelsea's finest hour in the UEFA Champions League because Chelsea and Bayern Munich’s last Champions League encounter was the 2012 final, where the Blues won 4-3 on penalties at Bayern’s Allianz Arena.
    The Blues' have not been so good recently, winning one of their last five games. Not to mention, Chelsea have lost the formidable midfielder N'Golo Kante in several important matches in the coming weeks. Kante suffered an abdominal muscle injury when the Blues were overthrown by Manchester United 2-0 in an English Premier League match a few days ago. But still, keep in mind that The Blues have never lost at home to German visitors, winning six of nine fixtures, 
    Bayern is playing fantastic in this Champion League season, they won over Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-0 and became only the seventh team – and first from Germany – to win all six games in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season. Bayern are unbeaten in their last 12 European away games (W9 D3), scoring at least two goals in all but a goalless draw at Liverpool in last season's round of 16 first leg. Keep in mind, Bayern were the only side to collect maximum points in this season's group stage, and finished as top scorers with 24 goals.
    With these kinds of results, maybe it will be tough for The Blues to fight against Bayern Munich right now. But, the victory was very important for Frank Lampard's troops considering that in the 2nd leg they had to travel to the headquarters of Bayern Munich. Not to mention, from 2005 to 2019 the two teams met five times. Chelsea won twice and Bayern three times.
    Possible line-ups
    Chelsea: Kepa; James, Christensen, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kovačić, Kanté/Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian.
    Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Thiago; Coman, Müller, Gnabry; Lewandowski 
    Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Bayern
     
     
    S.S.C Napoli vs FC Barcelona on Tuesday, 25th of February 2020, 21:00 ECT
    Napoli narrowly won 2-1 over Brescia in the 25th Serie A giornata at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti on Saturday night. These results bring positive impact to Napolil before entertaining Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday night.
    Napoli haven been playing good lately, they won 5 of their last 6 matches. The last victory against Brescia made Napoli stand on the sixth position of the standings in the table. In addition, the achievement motivated Insigne and his friends before competing against Barcelona on the European stage. It will be tough for Napoli to win against Barca, especially with lame conditions, because Napoli certainly will not be strengthened by Koulibaly in the match, because it is still in injury condition.
    Same as Napoli, Barcelona have been playing good too lately. They won 5 of their last 6 matches, and they stand on the first position of the standings in La Liga right now with 55 points. They won 5-0 against Eibar and 2-1 against Getafe was the latest example of how tough this team is at home. But in this tournament, as Barcelona knows better than anyone after the last couple years, strong play at home isn’t enough if you’re vulnerable on the road, and Barcelona’s have lost to Betis when they visited them last week. 
    This will be tough to decide which one will win this game, but Barcelona won 3 of 4 matches against Napoli in history. Not to mention, this is the third time Napoli have reached the knockout stages of their six appearances, and they never progressed further than round 16. As for Barcelona, they have progressed past the Champion League round of 16 in each of the last 12 seasons, the longest run in the history of the tournament.
    Possible line-ups
    Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Fabián Ruiz, Demme, Zieliński; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne
    Barcelona: Ter Stegen: Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Semedo; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong: Messi, Griezmann, Ansu
    Prediction: Napoli 2-1 Barcelona
     
     
    Real Madrid CF vs Manchester City F.C. on Wednesday, 26th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT
    Real Madrid will compete against Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday night. This will be an exciting match between them because Manchester City have never won against Real Madrid - they have faced each other 4 times, each occasion in the Champion league, with Manchester City losing their 2 away games at Santiago Bernabeu and drawing the other 2 at the Etihad.
    Real Madrid won only 2 of their last 5 matches, including a 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo last week. Recently, Real Madrid took a shock defeat at Levante's headquarters. Real Madrid defeated 0-1 due to conceding in the final period of the match. That became the only goal in the match and ensured Madrid down to the 2nd position in the Spanish League standings. This will be a tough match for Real Madrid considering that Real Madrid star Eden Hazard suffered another ankle injury during the match between Real Madrid and Levante’s and he certainly won’t play against Manchester City and El Clasico versus Barcelona.
    As for Manchester city, they won 3 of their last 5 matches. Recently, they won against Leicester City 1-0 at King Power Stadium, Leicester City headquarters, in a continued match in the English Premier League on Last Saturday. This result will bring a positive impact to the team ahead of the duel against Real Madrid. This match won’t be easy for Manchester City but still, they will take advantage against Real Madrid considering that Eden Hazard won’t play in this match
    Keep in mind that, Madrid's home record against English clubs is W8 D6 L2 and City's last trip to Spain brought a 4-0 loss at Barcelona in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage, their heaviest defeat in UEFA competition. They have won only twice in their ten visits to Spain (D1 L7).
    Possible line-ups
    Real Madrid: Courtois: Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modrić, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinícius Júnior, Benzema
    City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Agüero, B. Silva
    Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City
     
     
    Olympique Lyonnais vs Juventus F.C. on Wednesday, 26th of February 2020, 21:00 ECT
    Lyon will welcome Juventus at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, France on Wednesday night. This is the sides' fifth match, all in the last six years. Juve won three of the first four fixtures, including a pair of 1-0 victories in France. Lyon are winless against Juventus in European competition (D1 L3), losing both of their home games against the Italian side by the same 0-1 scoreline. 
    Lyon have won 2 of their last 6 matches, including 2 draws against Strasbourg and Amiens. Lyon squeezed into the last 16 as Group G runners-up having picked up eight points from their six games, one more than both Benfica and Zenit. With this result, Lyon have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League more times than any other French club (11). However, it’s been 10 years since they progressed past the round of 16 and they have scored only 3 goals in their last 9 knockout games in the competition (W1 D2 L6). In addition, Lyon will be without Memphis Depay who ruptured his cruciate ligament in December, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
    As for Juventus, they won 3 of their last 6 matches. In terms of the Champions League, The Bianconeri won five of their six Group D games to finish six points clear at the top. Juventus will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season. Cristiano Ronaldo is almost certain to start. Last year a well-rested Ronaldo hit a hat-trick when they fought against Atletico Madrid. Having missed a few games in the league CR7 will be raring to go in Lyon. In addition, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini has returned to the side in recent weeks.
    This will be a tough match for Lyon considering that Juventus are unbeaten in eight matches against French sides, home and away, since a 2-0 loss at Bordeaux in the 2009/10 group stage. 
    Possible line-ups
    Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi, Ramsey, Betancur; Dybala, Ronaldo.
    Lyon: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Andersen, Tete; Caqueret, Terrier, Aouar; Traore, Dembele, Cornet
    Prediction: Lyon 0-2 Juventus 
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    Jarrod got a reaction from GeorgeFeb in UEFA Champions League Preview   
    UEFA Champions League Preview
    By: @JieunSuzy (@bryanjon28)
    Chelsea F.C. vs FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday, 25th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT
    Chelsea will be welcoming Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of 16 at Stamford Bridge, London on Tuesday night. Memories will be stirred of Chelsea's finest hour in the UEFA Champions League because Chelsea and Bayern Munich’s last Champions League encounter was the 2012 final, where the Blues won 4-3 on penalties at Bayern’s Allianz Arena.
    The Blues' have not been so good recently, winning one of their last five games. Not to mention, Chelsea have lost the formidable midfielder N'Golo Kante in several important matches in the coming weeks. Kante suffered an abdominal muscle injury when the Blues were overthrown by Manchester United 2-0 in an English Premier League match a few days ago. But still, keep in mind that The Blues have never lost at home to German visitors, winning six of nine fixtures, 
    Bayern is playing fantastic in this Champion League season, they won over Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-0 and became only the seventh team – and first from Germany – to win all six games in the UEFA Champions League group stage this season. Bayern are unbeaten in their last 12 European away games (W9 D3), scoring at least two goals in all but a goalless draw at Liverpool in last season's round of 16 first leg. Keep in mind, Bayern were the only side to collect maximum points in this season's group stage, and finished as top scorers with 24 goals.
    With these kinds of results, maybe it will be tough for The Blues to fight against Bayern Munich right now. But, the victory was very important for Frank Lampard's troops considering that in the 2nd leg they had to travel to the headquarters of Bayern Munich. Not to mention, from 2005 to 2019 the two teams met five times. Chelsea won twice and Bayern three times.
    Possible line-ups
    Chelsea: Kepa; James, Christensen, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kovačić, Kanté/Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian.
    Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Thiago; Coman, Müller, Gnabry; Lewandowski 
    Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Bayern
     
     
    S.S.C Napoli vs FC Barcelona on Tuesday, 25th of February 2020, 21:00 ECT
    Napoli narrowly won 2-1 over Brescia in the 25th Serie A giornata at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti on Saturday night. These results bring positive impact to Napolil before entertaining Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday night.
    Napoli haven been playing good lately, they won 5 of their last 6 matches. The last victory against Brescia made Napoli stand on the sixth position of the standings in the table. In addition, the achievement motivated Insigne and his friends before competing against Barcelona on the European stage. It will be tough for Napoli to win against Barca, especially with lame conditions, because Napoli certainly will not be strengthened by Koulibaly in the match, because it is still in injury condition.
    Same as Napoli, Barcelona have been playing good too lately. They won 5 of their last 6 matches, and they stand on the first position of the standings in La Liga right now with 55 points. They won 5-0 against Eibar and 2-1 against Getafe was the latest example of how tough this team is at home. But in this tournament, as Barcelona knows better than anyone after the last couple years, strong play at home isn’t enough if you’re vulnerable on the road, and Barcelona’s have lost to Betis when they visited them last week. 
    This will be tough to decide which one will win this game, but Barcelona won 3 of 4 matches against Napoli in history. Not to mention, this is the third time Napoli have reached the knockout stages of their six appearances, and they never progressed further than round 16. As for Barcelona, they have progressed past the Champion League round of 16 in each of the last 12 seasons, the longest run in the history of the tournament.
    Possible line-ups
    Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Fabián Ruiz, Demme, Zieliński; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne
    Barcelona: Ter Stegen: Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Semedo; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong: Messi, Griezmann, Ansu
    Prediction: Napoli 2-1 Barcelona
     
     
    Real Madrid CF vs Manchester City F.C. on Wednesday, 26th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT
    Real Madrid will compete against Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday night. This will be an exciting match between them because Manchester City have never won against Real Madrid - they have faced each other 4 times, each occasion in the Champion league, with Manchester City losing their 2 away games at Santiago Bernabeu and drawing the other 2 at the Etihad.
    Real Madrid won only 2 of their last 5 matches, including a 2-2 draw against Celta de Vigo last week. Recently, Real Madrid took a shock defeat at Levante's headquarters. Real Madrid defeated 0-1 due to conceding in the final period of the match. That became the only goal in the match and ensured Madrid down to the 2nd position in the Spanish League standings. This will be a tough match for Real Madrid considering that Real Madrid star Eden Hazard suffered another ankle injury during the match between Real Madrid and Levante’s and he certainly won’t play against Manchester City and El Clasico versus Barcelona.
    As for Manchester city, they won 3 of their last 5 matches. Recently, they won against Leicester City 1-0 at King Power Stadium, Leicester City headquarters, in a continued match in the English Premier League on Last Saturday. This result will bring a positive impact to the team ahead of the duel against Real Madrid. This match won’t be easy for Manchester City but still, they will take advantage against Real Madrid considering that Eden Hazard won’t play in this match
    Keep in mind that, Madrid's home record against English clubs is W8 D6 L2 and City's last trip to Spain brought a 4-0 loss at Barcelona in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage, their heaviest defeat in UEFA competition. They have won only twice in their ten visits to Spain (D1 L7).
    Possible line-ups
    Real Madrid: Courtois: Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modrić, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinícius Júnior, Benzema
    City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Agüero, B. Silva
    Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City
     
     
    Olympique Lyonnais vs Juventus F.C. on Wednesday, 26th of February 2020, 21:00 ECT
    Lyon will welcome Juventus at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, France on Wednesday night. This is the sides' fifth match, all in the last six years. Juve won three of the first four fixtures, including a pair of 1-0 victories in France. Lyon are winless against Juventus in European competition (D1 L3), losing both of their home games against the Italian side by the same 0-1 scoreline. 
    Lyon have won 2 of their last 6 matches, including 2 draws against Strasbourg and Amiens. Lyon squeezed into the last 16 as Group G runners-up having picked up eight points from their six games, one more than both Benfica and Zenit. With this result, Lyon have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League more times than any other French club (11). However, it’s been 10 years since they progressed past the round of 16 and they have scored only 3 goals in their last 9 knockout games in the competition (W1 D2 L6). In addition, Lyon will be without Memphis Depay who ruptured his cruciate ligament in December, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
    As for Juventus, they won 3 of their last 6 matches. In terms of the Champions League, The Bianconeri won five of their six Group D games to finish six points clear at the top. Juventus will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season. Cristiano Ronaldo is almost certain to start. Last year a well-rested Ronaldo hit a hat-trick when they fought against Atletico Madrid. Having missed a few games in the league CR7 will be raring to go in Lyon. In addition, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini has returned to the side in recent weeks.
    This will be a tough match for Lyon considering that Juventus are unbeaten in eight matches against French sides, home and away, since a 2-0 loss at Bordeaux in the 2009/10 group stage. 
    Possible line-ups
    Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi, Ramsey, Betancur; Dybala, Ronaldo.
    Lyon: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Andersen, Tete; Caqueret, Terrier, Aouar; Traore, Dembele, Cornet
    Prediction: Lyon 0-2 Juventus 
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    FIFA eWorld Cup 2020: Review
    Review by @jianisniceyo
     
    Ever since its inception in 2017, the eWorld Cup has featured the world’s best real-world football clubs and big named eSports teams. Its fourth instalment featured 24 teams competing for a prize pool of 100,000USD and the much sought out EA Sports Global Series points. 
    Teams were divided into four groups of six. In the group stage, every team had played each other three times. The first game was played in either PlayStation or Xbox in a 1v1 format with the second game played on the other console. The third game is played in 2v2 format where each team shared their preferred console ahead of the tournament via draft. For each group stage game, teams will earn zero points for a loss, one point for a draw and three points for a win.
     
    Group A
    On the first matchday of Group A, Olympique Lyonnais had a dominating start against Nordavind DNB with 7 points to 1, and Gillette Infinity Esports with the same points with Hashtag United with 4 points each, and NEO outscored FaZe Clan with 5 points to 2. On the second matchday, the tide shifted, Olympique Lyonnais got the bitter end of being outscored 7 to 1 by NEO, Nordavind tying with Gillete Infinity Esports 4 to 4, and Hashtag United beating FaZe Clan 5 points to 2. On the third matchday, Olympique Lyonnais again got outscored 7 points to 1 by Hashtag United, Gilette Infinity Esports tied 4 points to 4 of FaZe Clan, and NEO tying 3 points to 3 of Nordavind DNB. On the fourth matchday, Hashtag United scored 6 points to 3 against NEO making them comfortable in first place and a secured slot in the knockout stages. Faze Clan again ties with Nordavind DNB 4 points each, and Olympique Lyonnais finally showing signs of life scoring 5 points to 2 against Gillete Infinity Esports. Then here comes the final match day, with FaZe Clan and Nordavind DNB in the verge of elimination with 12 points apiece, Hashtag United, even though they are sitting comfortably at first place, showed no mercy to Nordavind DNB 6 points to 3 sealing the deal, and eliminating Nordavind DNB out of the tournament. NEO and Gillete Infinity Esports tied with 4 points securing a knockoff stage spot for NEO, Here comes the upset of the group, before this match, Olympique Lyonnais was in the top 4 and FaZe Clan was at the bottom 2, but after a strong showing by FaZe Clan they managed to outscore Olympique Lyonnais 7 points to 1 which managed to steal a knockout stage spot against Olympique Lyonnais thus eliminating them.
    Hashtag United, NEO and Olympique Lyonnais progressed.
     
    Group B
    On the first matchday of Group B, FC Basel 1893 eSports dominated Blue United eFC 9 points to 0 in a very convincing fashion. Borrusia-E-Sports outscored Ellevens 5 points to 2, and Movistar Riders tied with Mkers with 3 points apiece. On the second matchday, Blue United eFC was again at the receiving end of a stomp being outscored 7 points to 1 by Movistar Riders. Mkers managed to tie with Ellevens with both teams securing 4 points for them. FC Basel 1893 eSports managed to outscore Borussia-E-Sports 5 points to 2 making FC Basel sit comfortably in first place in the first 2 days. On the third matchday, the stomper got stomped, this time Movistar Riders was the one who was at the receiving end of another 7 points to 1 with Ellevens showing an excellent performance. FC Basel 1893 eSports managed to make it even on their last match of the day against Mkers which both teams secured 4 points. Same thing happened with Blue United eFC's match against Borussia-E-Sports where they both secured a win in each of their 1v1's and drawing in their 2v2 match securing 4 points to each of their respective teams. On the fourth matchday, the first time we see FC Basel 1893 eSports being outscored, 2 points to 5 by Ellevens. Borussia-E-Sports secured 6 points against Movistars Riders' 3 points. On the last day of matchday in group B, FC Basel 1893 eSports and Borussia-E-Sports are mathematically secured in the knockout stage. Movistars Riders and Blue United eFC are on the verge of elimination. FC Basel 1893 eSports ended Movistar Riders' chance to qualify to the next round by outscoring them 7 points to 1 securing Movistar Riders' elimination. Borussia-E-Sports and Mkers managed to score 4 points apiece which then secured Mkers spot to the next round. Blue United eFC managed to outscore Ellevens 6 points to 3, but they fall just short in making it to the top 4.
    Mkers, FC Basel 1893 and Borussia E-Sports progressed.
     
    Group C
    On the first matchday of Group C, it was an even match up where all teams performed well. Fnatic managed to outscore  AS Roma Esports 6 points to 3 and although Team QLASH got outscored by FK Austria Wien 6 points to 3, Nasr eSports and Redemption eSports also got 3 points where their match resulted in 3 draws, it makes this group interesting because after the first day, it is still unclear on who will be this group's leader it is still anyone's game at this point. Then comes the second matchday where we see a couple of one-sided matches, Fnatic breezed their way through FK Austria Wien where they dominated them 9 points to none. AS Roma Esports also manage to secure a dominating point lead against Redemption eSports where they outscore them 7 points to 1. Team QLASH managed to show signs of life where they manage to win a match against Nasr eSports but overall, Nasr won 2 of their 3 games securing 6 points for their team and 3 points for Team Qlash. On the third match day, we get to see another monstrous performance by Fnatic where they dominated again but this time it is against Team QLASH where they outscore them 9 points to none. Redemption eSports also showed a strong performance where they managed to dominate FK Austria Wien 9 points to none. AS Roma Esports managed to outlast Nasr eSports where they tie 2 of their matches and AS Roma Esports won 1 thus securing 5 points for them and 2 points for Nasr eSports. Fourth matchday comes and here we get to see AS Roma Esports dominating Team QLASH 9 points to none breezing through them in a very convincing manner. FK Austria Wien managed to outscore Nasr eSports 6 points to 3, and here on the fourth day, we get to see Group C's titan Fnatic fall to Redemption eSports being outscored 6 points to 3. In the last matchday here in group C, Fnatic and AS roma Esports are way ahead and are mathematically secured spots in the next round meanwhile Team QLASH needs to score 9 points and Nasr eSports needs to score none for them to qualify. But to Team QLASH's dismay, they only Nasr Esports managed to draw their first game against Fnatic and just by that game, mathematically, they secure their spot in the next round. The game against Fnatic ended 7 points to 1 in favor of Fnatic, and Team QLASH only managed to score 5 points against Redemption eSports' 2 points at this point, Team QLASH are eliminated. AS Roma Esports sitting comfortably just behind Fnatic at 2nd place outscore FK Austria Wien 5 points to 2, thus eliminating FK Austria Wien out of the tournament.
    AS Roma Esports, Fnatic and Nasr Esports progressed.
     
    Group D
    On the first matchday of Group D, R288 managed to secure a convincing lead against DUX Gaming where they managed to win 2 out of the 3 games and tie the 3rd game gaining 7 points for their team and 1 for DUX Gaming. Team FW AU won 1 out of the 3 games against Complexity Gaming and tying 2 of their remaining games thus securing 5 points for them and leaving Complexity Gaming with only 2 points. Same thing happened with Sporting CP Esports and Manchester City eSports but with Sporting CP Esports getting the upper hand winning 1 of 3 games and tying 2 of their remaining games giving them 5 points and Manchester City eSports with only 2 points. On the second matchday, after a monstrous performance at day 1, Team R288 was the one at the receiving end of a point blowout. They lost 2 games out of 3 and the remaining match being a tie against Complexity Gaming where Complexity gained 7 points there and Team R288 had 1 point. Sporting CP Esports had a great performance in their second 1 v1 but only managed to win 1 and tying 2 games against Team FW AU which gave them 5 points for that day, and the latter team only 2 points. In Manchester City’s eSports match against DUX Gaming the first 2 games were scoreless for both teams which then gave them 1 point apiece for draws, and it was decided by the 2v2 match where Manchester City eSports scored a goal against DUX Gaming which then gave them a total of 5 points and left DUX Gaming with only 2 points. On the third matchday, Team R288 won 1 out of 3 games against Manchester City’s eSports and tying the remaining games which then gave Team R288 5 points and Manchester City’s eSports with only 2 points. Complexity Gaming won 2 games out of 3 and lost their remaining game against Sporting CP Esports which gave them 6 points and Sporting CP Esports are given 3 points for their win. Team FW AU and DUX Gaming’s match was the closest this day because both teams each won one game and tied their remaining which gave them 4 points apiece. On the fourth matchday, interestingly enough, it is still unclear who is safe at this point because mathematically speaking, it is still anyone’s game. It becomes more of a puzzle when two of the three matches concluded, Team FW AU and Manchester City eSports match ended with a tie where both teams won a game each and their deciding match was draw, giving both teams 4 points each. The same thing happened with Sporting CP Esports and Team R288 where both teams won a game each and tied their decider giving 4 points to both teams. Complexity Gaming and DUX Gaming’s match was different because it ended with a 7-1-point lead where Complexity won 2 games and drawing their decider. In the last matchday of Group D, it is still unclear on who is going in and who will be eliminated. DUX Gaming won all their games against Sporting CP Esports securing them 9 points but is still unable to qualify because of the draw rules.  Team FW AU won 2 games out of their 3 games and drawing their remaining game against Team R288 securing their knockout round spot. Team FW AU scored 7 points and left Team R288 with only one point. Manchester City eSports are on the verge of elimination and played their heart out only to fall short against Complexity Gaming. They won 1 game and drew another where they only gained 4 points but at least 5 points is needed for qualification, thus Manchester City eSports was eliminated.
    Team FW AU, Sporting CP Esports and Complexity Gaming progressed.
     
    Round of 16
    Round of 16 started with 4 games starting at the same time, let’s open it up with Nasr eSports who barely qualified in group C upset group A leader, Hashtag United. Two games were played where their first 1v1 ended with a draw and the 2v2 where Nasr eSports defeated Hashtag United with 2 goals against 1. It is lackluster to see the top performer in the group make an early exit, but its also Nasr eSports who showed a bigger heart and completed the upset. Next, we got Fnatic disposing Gilette Infinity Esports eSports quite easily. They breezed through their competition and won both games quite convincingly with the 1v1 ending in 4 goals to none in favor of Fnatic and their 2v2 match also ended in Fnatic’s favor with 2 goals to none. Team Ellevens managed to beat Team FW AU in one of their matches and their remaining game ended with a draw which then led to Ellevens elimination Team FW AU. Group B’s Borussia-E-Sports take on Group D’s R288 where Borussia-E-Sports Managed to seal the deal after their first game ended with a draw and the 2v2 ending in a 2:1 goal lead for Borussia-E-Sports booking their ticket to the next round.  Group B’s Titan FC Basel 1893 eSports had all of their 3 matches end in a draw against Sporting CP Esports, but it resulted in Sporting CP Esports moving on to the next round. AS Roma Esports went toe to toe with FaZe Clan with their first 2 games ending in a tie and their deciding 1 v 1 match ended with AS Roma Esports claiming the upper hand against FaZe Clan with a 2:1 goal lead. Group D’s top dog, Complexity Gaming breezed through their competition Mkers where they managed to win both of their games securing them a spot to the next round and eliminating Mkers. NEO and Redemption eSports match was thrilling at first, for their first game ended in a draw but the 2v2 ended with NEO making it look easy, scoring 3 goals to none, eliminating their opponent, Redemption eSports.
     
    Quarter Finals
    The quarter finals had 4 games starting at the same time, so let’s kick off with Ellevens beating Nasr eSports in their first game and drawing their 2v2 match with 1 goal apiece, sealing the deal and cutting Nasr eSports hope for the championship. Another strong showing by Fnatic was displayed as they managed to defeat Borussia-E-Sports going all the way to 3 matches, their first 2 matches was a split and the deciding game ended with a nail biting 4:3 goal score with Fnatic just barely winning it by the skin of their teeth.  AS Roma Esports and Sporting CP Esports match also went 3 games where their first 2 games were a draw and AS Roma Esports winning their decider match moving on to the next round. We witness another 3-game match in our last game of the quarter finals with Complexity Gaming’s match against NEO where their first game ended scoreless for both teams and the second game each scoring 1 goal. It all boiled down to the deciding match where Complexity Gaming has NEO’s numbers and took it home with a 2:1 goal lead.
     
    Semi-Finals
    The start of the semi-finals started well for Fnatic as they take on Team Ellevens. The first game of their match, Fnatic was performing their best as they score 3 goals to none, only to go scoreless and lose their second and deciding matches against Team Ellevens. The 2v2 match ended 2:0 in favor of Team Ellevens and the deciding match was a 1v1 match also ending in 2:0 in Team Ellevens favor as they await the victor Complexity Gaming and AS Roma Esports semi-final match. Speaking of which, Complexity Gaming and AS Roma Esports match was a thing of beauty. Both teams fueled their hearts out where their first game ended in a draw were both teams are scoreless and the 2v2 match Complexity managed to steal a goal and book a win securing their Grand Final spot and ending AS Roma Esports hope to win the title.
     
    Finals
    Team Ellevens take on Complexity Gaming at the grand final where they go blow for blow in every match they play. It started with Complexity taking a convincing 2:0 lead against their competitor and are looking to seal the deal but at their second game, team Ellevens breathe new life as they hold on for tournament life and make it even scoring 2 goals against Complexity Gaming. Since both teams have each won one game, it all boils down to the deciding match where Complexity Gaming took the bag home in a penalty shoot out where they won 2:1 against their team Ellevens who also fought their hearts out but there can only be one winner. Complexity Gaming took home 40,000 USD behind the backs of their young guns, Joksan 'Redona' Redona Tello and Max Emilov 'MaXe_VIP' Popov and 2000 EA sports Global series points each. On the other hand, Team Ellevens fall short but they will go home with 20,000 USD and 1400 EA sports Global series points each.
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    NBA All-Star 2020: PREVIEW
    By: JieunSuzy (@bryanjon28)
    The NBA finally announced the results of the 2020 All-Star NBA voting on Thursday (01/23/2020).  There will be three new faces selected as starters at the 2020 NBA All-Star.
    Three newcomers who will appear in the 2020 NBA All-Star are the young Dallas Mavericks star’ Luka Doncic, the Toronto Raptors’ forward Pascal Siakam and the Atlanta Hawks’ point guard Trae Young.
    The 2020 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago.  TNT and ESPN Radio will air the game live in the United States at 8 p.m. ET.  NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
     
    West All-Star Starters:
    Lebron James (frontcourt) has joined the Western Conference starter pool that features the Lakers’ Anthony Davis (frontcourt), the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (guard), the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (guard) and the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (frontcourt). 
     
    West All-Star Reserves:
    The West All-Star Reserves will features the Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, the Utah Jazz’ Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz’ Rudy Gobert, the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, the Oklahoma City Thunder’ Chris Paul, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram.
     
    East All-Star Starter:
    In the Eastern Conference, Giannis Antetokounmpo (frontcourt) is joined in the starter pool by the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (frontcourt), the Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam (frontcourt), the Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker (guard) and the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (guard).
     
    East All-Star Reserves:
    The East all star Reserves will features the Miami Heat’ Jimmy Butler, the 76ers’ Ben Simmons, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton, the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, the Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis, the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, the Miami Heat’ Bam Adebayo.
     
    Team LeBron
    Starters
    LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
    Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
    Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
    James Harden, Houston Rockets
    Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
       
    Reserves
    Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
    Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
    Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
    Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
    Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
    Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
    Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
     
    Team Giannis
    Starters
    Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
    Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
    Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
    Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
    Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
     
    Reserves
    Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
    Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
    Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
    Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
    Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
    Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
    Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
     
    The NBA also announced the players who would participate in three special contests at the NBA All-Star 2020, slam dunk, three-point shots and skill challenges. 
    DUNK CONTEST
    The NBA All-Star 2020 slam dunk contest will present fierce competition. Three of them have participated, and some have even been champions.
    Dwight Howard will return to participate in the slam dunk contest at the NBA All-Star 2020. The Los Angeles Lakers Center once dominated the 2008 slam dunk contest.
    However, this time Howard will compete against Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic), Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami Heat) and Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks) for the throne.
     
    3-POINT CONTEST
    LaVine will compete against Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings), Davis Bertans (Washington Wizards), Devonte Graham (Charlotte Hornets), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Duncan Robinson (Miami Heat) and Trae Young (Miami Heat) Atlanta Hawks).
    The three-point shot contest in the 2020 NBA All-Star presents a new breakthrough. There are two additional spots for shooting outside the five traditional shelves that are commonly used.
    Participants will have the opportunity to shoot twice from locations within 29 feet, 9 inches. Every shot that comes in will be worth three points.
     
    SKILL CHALLENGE
    The last contest is a skill challenge.
    Champion of the city of Chicago, Derrick Rose will participate. Rose, who now plays for the Detroit Pistons, will compete against Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) ) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors).
    These three contests will be held on Saturday, February 15th, 2020, at the United Center, Chicago.
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    -  JieunSuzy (@bryanjon28) 
    Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. VS Leicester City F.C. Friday, 14th February 2020, 20:00 GMT
    Wolves will welcome Leicester City to the Molineux for a Premier League clash on Friday night. Leicester City are currently third on the EPL table right now, with Wolves occupying ninth.
    Wolves have secured some impressive results in their Premier League matches recently, including a 0-0 draw against Manchester United, a 3-2 win over Southampton and a 3-2 victory over Manchester City shortly after Christmas. However, they lost 2-1 against Watford on New Year’s Day as well as a disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle that same month, meaning their ninth place could easily be higher.
    Leicester City had a superb start to their Premier League campaign, which has continued until very recently when they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Chelsea. The foxes are still third in the league and ten points clear of the teams outside of the Champion League spots. A recent record of just one win in their last 4 league outings is worrying however; they need to improve themselves to stay in the top 4 this season. 
    When addressing their recent form, head to head record and overall quality, there isn’t much to separate the two sides. Although Wolves currently six places behind Leicester in the table, this doesn’t give an accurate representation of their capabilities.
    Wolves F.C. vs Leicester City H2H last matches
    11/08/19 Leicester City 0 - 0 Wolves 
    19/01/19 Wolves 4 - 3 Leicester City
    18/08/18 Leicester City 2 - 0 Wolves 
     
    Southampton F.C. vs Burnley F.C. on Saturday, 15th February 2020, 12:30 GMT
    Burnley will visit St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they play against Southampton. Burnley FC are 11th on the EPL standings, while Southampton are 13th. So far, both of them recorded 9 wins, 4 draws, 12 losses, and 31 points – just goal difference separating the two.
    Southampton's recent matches have been quite profitable for them, winning 3 of their 5 matches, including a draw 1-1 against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup. However, they suffered a 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the last Premier League game and lost against Tottenham 3-2 in the FA cup.  
    On the other hand, Burnley have won 2 of their last 5 matches, including 2-0 win against Manchester United. They managed to hold Arsenal to a goalless draw in their last Premier League match as the Clarets made it three league games unbeaten. Burnley have now kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League and will be hoping to make it three in a row in this game.
    Southampton suffered a heavy loss against Liverpool lately and they will be keen to respond as they host Burnley. But, the visitors are likely to keep it tight at the back after successive clean sheets in the league.  
    Southampton F.C. vs Burnley F.C. H2H last matches
    (08/10/19) Burnley 3 - 0 Southampton 
    (02/02/19) Burnley 1 - 1 Southampton
    (08/12/18) Southampton 0 - 0 Burnley
     
    Norwich City F.C. vs Liverpool on Saturday, 15th February 2020, 17:30 GMT 
    Norwich will welcome Liverpool to Carrow Road Stadium this Saturday evening for a Premier League Clash. Liverpool is defending their throne in the EPL standings, they are still ranked 1st in the table, with Norwich still at the bottom of the table.
    Norwich City have won only 1 of their last 5 matches in the Premier League. They suffered a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United and 2-1 against Tottenham. Recently, they held Newcastle United to a goalless draw in their last Premier League match. Norwich are rock-bottom of the table at the moment with just 18 points to their name, and look set for relegation unless they can turn things around fast.
    Liverpool have been unstoppable in this Premier League season, and as you would know, are von the top of the table at the moment with 24 Wins, 1 Draw, and 0 Loss. The title looks all but wrapped up at this stage.  
    Having established such a dominant lead over even their closest rivals, Liverpool seem unstoppable at the moment. Of the 25 league matches that the Reds played this season, they have won 24 and drawn just once. Conversely, Norwich have lost 15 league games so far, conceding 47 goals in the process. 
    Norwich City vs Liverpool H2H last matches
    (08/09/19) Liverpool 4 - 1 Norwich
    (01/23/16) Norwich 4 - 5 Liverpool
    (09/20/15) Liverpool 1 - 1 Norwich 
     
    Aston Villa F.C. vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on Sunday, 16th February 2020, 14:00 GMT
    Tottenham Hotspur will visit Villa Park on Sunday, with the visitors 6th on the table, and Aston Villa 17th.
    Aston Villa put in a disappointing display on the road at Bournemouth as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against their relegation rivals. They have won 2 of their last 5 games, but did suffer a 6-1 defeat against Manchester City just a few weeks ago. Aston Villa has several players unavailable, with Ezri Konsa the biggest concern with a muscular injury.
    Tottenham Hotspur were playing superb against Man City in their last Premier League game as they took their few chances in front of goal to win 2-0, as well as 2-1 against Norwich.  Spurs backed that up with a solid victory over Southampton to progress in the FA Cup.
    Aston Villa were very disappointing in their loss to Bournemouth last time out and now they will face a difficult task against Tottenham. Spurs have done what was required in their last couple of fixtures and with them finding some resolve, the visitors should find a way to win once again in this game.
     Aston Villa F.C. vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. H2H last matches
    (08/10/19) Tottenham 3 - 1 Aston Villa
    (01/08/17) Tottenham 2 - 0 Aston Villa
    (03/13/16) Aston Villa 0 - 2 Tottenham
     
    Arsenal vs Newcastle United on Sunday, 16th February 2020, 16.30 GMT 
    Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Newcastle United at the Emirates on Sunday, 16th February 2020. Both of these sides have earned 31 points this season, with once again just goal difference separating them.
    The Magpies and the Gunners are both undefeated in their last four games, but their records consist of many draws. Arsenal have had 4 draws in their last 4 games, and on the other hand Newcastle United had 3 draws and 1 win in their last 4 games. 
    Considering that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can count on key players for the Newcastle United game, a home win should be considered. The Magpies, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but the Gunners are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. 
    Arsenal vs Newcastle H2H last matches
    (08/11/19) Newcastle 0 - 1 Arsenal
    (04/01/19)  Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle
    (09/15/168) Newcastle 1 - 2 Arsenal
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    Jarrod reacted to SlickRichard in TRADERS' TIPS: EPL - Feb 14-17   
    I like that Leicester draw bet a lot too. Good luck to you. 🥳
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    Jarrod got a reaction from yodelhiam in Responsible Gambling in Crypto   
    Responsible Gambling in Crypto
    - Repayday
    Stake is one of the biggest crypto-currency casinos currently available, with thousands of users gambling each day. With those numbers, there are bound to be issues in terms of responsible gambling. Responsible gambling prevents gambling-related incidents both financially and mentally. Gambling should be something you enjoy to do in your free time, not something that leads to a downward spiral. 
    Responsible gambling is a concept that comprises policies and requirements that aim to minimise the damage that problem gambling can cause. Websites such as Stake can help you control your gambling and not let it harm your life. But with crypto, you can easily deposit and gamble with just a tap of a few buttons harming the effectiveness of these policies. Both players and sites should work together in order to make these policies more effective and provide help to those with unhealthy gambling practices.
    Fast deposits and fast withdraws may put a smile on your face, but with this comes the problem of gambling more than you can reasonably afford. Gambling is factored by luck, if it is not your lucky day you can lose what you deposited. So quickly depositing money that you need is not a good decision but it could help you identify your problem.
    A lot of crypto casinos do not have easy to access methods in order to exclude yourself. But this should change in the coming years, users should be able to easily exclude themselves from gambling at any time. Being able to stop yourself from gambling when you know you have a problem is a necessity and crypto casinos should be responsible and exclude them when requested. Stake, in one of their recent emails, outlined a self-exclusion program as well as a 'cooling-off' period, which is a strategy and policy to help problem gamblers on the site.
    Gambling sites should adopt the necessary principles and assist players when needed. Gambling should be something players enjoy and not something players are worried about if they lose their deposit. It is the sites prerogative to advertise their casino responsibly and not aimed at vulnerable players. Players should also take action and exclude themselves if they have a problem and take control of it. 
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    Jarrod got a reaction from markexz14 in Responsible Gambling in Crypto   
    Responsible Gambling in Crypto
    - Repayday
    Stake is one of the biggest crypto-currency casinos currently available, with thousands of users gambling each day. With those numbers, there are bound to be issues in terms of responsible gambling. Responsible gambling prevents gambling-related incidents both financially and mentally. Gambling should be something you enjoy to do in your free time, not something that leads to a downward spiral. 
    Responsible gambling is a concept that comprises policies and requirements that aim to minimise the damage that problem gambling can cause. Websites such as Stake can help you control your gambling and not let it harm your life. But with crypto, you can easily deposit and gamble with just a tap of a few buttons harming the effectiveness of these policies. Both players and sites should work together in order to make these policies more effective and provide help to those with unhealthy gambling practices.
    Fast deposits and fast withdraws may put a smile on your face, but with this comes the problem of gambling more than you can reasonably afford. Gambling is factored by luck, if it is not your lucky day you can lose what you deposited. So quickly depositing money that you need is not a good decision but it could help you identify your problem.
    A lot of crypto casinos do not have easy to access methods in order to exclude yourself. But this should change in the coming years, users should be able to easily exclude themselves from gambling at any time. Being able to stop yourself from gambling when you know you have a problem is a necessity and crypto casinos should be responsible and exclude them when requested. Stake, in one of their recent emails, outlined a self-exclusion program as well as a 'cooling-off' period, which is a strategy and policy to help problem gamblers on the site.
    Gambling sites should adopt the necessary principles and assist players when needed. Gambling should be something players enjoy and not something players are worried about if they lose their deposit. It is the sites prerogative to advertise their casino responsibly and not aimed at vulnerable players. Players should also take action and exclude themselves if they have a problem and take control of it. 
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    Jarrod got a reaction from htetaungxx in Responsible Gambling in Crypto   
    Responsible Gambling in Crypto
    - Repayday
    Stake is one of the biggest crypto-currency casinos currently available, with thousands of users gambling each day. With those numbers, there are bound to be issues in terms of responsible gambling. Responsible gambling prevents gambling-related incidents both financially and mentally. Gambling should be something you enjoy to do in your free time, not something that leads to a downward spiral. 
    Responsible gambling is a concept that comprises policies and requirements that aim to minimise the damage that problem gambling can cause. Websites such as Stake can help you control your gambling and not let it harm your life. But with crypto, you can easily deposit and gamble with just a tap of a few buttons harming the effectiveness of these policies. Both players and sites should work together in order to make these policies more effective and provide help to those with unhealthy gambling practices.
    Fast deposits and fast withdraws may put a smile on your face, but with this comes the problem of gambling more than you can reasonably afford. Gambling is factored by luck, if it is not your lucky day you can lose what you deposited. So quickly depositing money that you need is not a good decision but it could help you identify your problem.
    A lot of crypto casinos do not have easy to access methods in order to exclude yourself. But this should change in the coming years, users should be able to easily exclude themselves from gambling at any time. Being able to stop yourself from gambling when you know you have a problem is a necessity and crypto casinos should be responsible and exclude them when requested. Stake, in one of their recent emails, outlined a self-exclusion program as well as a 'cooling-off' period, which is a strategy and policy to help problem gamblers on the site.
    Gambling sites should adopt the necessary principles and assist players when needed. Gambling should be something players enjoy and not something players are worried about if they lose their deposit. It is the sites prerogative to advertise their casino responsibly and not aimed at vulnerable players. Players should also take action and exclude themselves if they have a problem and take control of it. 
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    Jarrod got a reaction from Owly in Responsible Gambling in Crypto   
    Responsible Gambling in Crypto
    - Repayday
    Stake is one of the biggest crypto-currency casinos currently available, with thousands of users gambling each day. With those numbers, there are bound to be issues in terms of responsible gambling. Responsible gambling prevents gambling-related incidents both financially and mentally. Gambling should be something you enjoy to do in your free time, not something that leads to a downward spiral. 
    Responsible gambling is a concept that comprises policies and requirements that aim to minimise the damage that problem gambling can cause. Websites such as Stake can help you control your gambling and not let it harm your life. But with crypto, you can easily deposit and gamble with just a tap of a few buttons harming the effectiveness of these policies. Both players and sites should work together in order to make these policies more effective and provide help to those with unhealthy gambling practices.
    Fast deposits and fast withdraws may put a smile on your face, but with this comes the problem of gambling more than you can reasonably afford. Gambling is factored by luck, if it is not your lucky day you can lose what you deposited. So quickly depositing money that you need is not a good decision but it could help you identify your problem.
    A lot of crypto casinos do not have easy to access methods in order to exclude yourself. But this should change in the coming years, users should be able to easily exclude themselves from gambling at any time. Being able to stop yourself from gambling when you know you have a problem is a necessity and crypto casinos should be responsible and exclude them when requested. Stake, in one of their recent emails, outlined a self-exclusion program as well as a 'cooling-off' period, which is a strategy and policy to help problem gamblers on the site.
    Gambling sites should adopt the necessary principles and assist players when needed. Gambling should be something players enjoy and not something players are worried about if they lose their deposit. It is the sites prerogative to advertise their casino responsibly and not aimed at vulnerable players. Players should also take action and exclude themselves if they have a problem and take control of it. 
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    Jarrod got a reaction from htetaungxx in February eSports Overview   
    February eSports Overview
    By: Xiao Suji
    February, the shortest month of the year and the month of love......for eSports! We have some big events coming in hot this month from FIFA, Rainbow6, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Starcraft II and Dota2! Let's break it down.
     
    FIFA: So, to kick off our month of eSports, is the FIFA eClub World Cup which will be held in Milan, Italy on Feb 7th-9th. It will feature 22 teams battling it out on a unique 1v1 and 2v2 format for a total of 100,000 USD, as well as Global Series points on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup! So, will Fnatic maintain their lead? Or will FaZe Clan and Movistar Riders who are both hot on their heels steal their spot? We have yet to find out.
    RAINBOW 6: Happening also on the same week is the fourth edition of the Six Invitational which will take place in Laval, in the greater Montreal area. Offline group stage will start on Feb. 7th-9th, and on Feb. 11th-12th the first two days of offline playoffs take place. 16 teams will be competing for a new record prize pool cap of $3,000,000 on a double elimination format. Will team Empire, the current number 1 team, take this home? Or will it be another chip added for Team Liquid's achievement? One thing's for sure, this is going to be a very fun week of Rainbow 6.
    DRAGON BALL Z: Calling all fans of Dragon Ball Z! We are going to have the World Finals of Dragon Ball Z Fighter held in Paris on Feb. 8th to 9th. On the first day, last chance qualifiers will be held featuring a double elimination format to narrow it down to the top 16 which will then be held later in the day in a round robin format. The following day, the top eight will compete on a double elimination format with a prize pool of 80,000 USD.
    CALL OF DUTY: Call of Duty fans will have a treat this February, for it will be a month-long event for Call of Duty League 2020. It will feature a two double-elimination format for the group stage, and a single elimination for the bracket stage. 8 teams will battle it out for CDL Points and teams will earn 10 CDL points for every match won. Call of Duty League Week 2 will be held on Feb. 8th -9th, CDL Toronto Ultra week 7 will be held on Feb. 21st-22nd, Call of Duty League week 3 will be held on Feb 22-23, and Call of Duty League week 4 is held on Feb. 29th to the first of March. Respond to the call of duty and be sure to support your favorite teams for this is an adrenaline filled month of shooting, search and destroy, domination and hardpoint.
    CS:GO: Counter Strike: Global Offensive action returns with another installment in Dreamhack Anaheim which will be held on Feb 21st- Feb 23rd It will feature 8 teams competing for a prize pool of 100,000 USD and a spot in Dreamhack Masters in Jönköping. Which team will you place your bets on? EZ for ENCE? Or will the hot Russian squad of forZe take this in the bag? Let's just wait and see.
    RED BULL M.E.O: Mobile game enthusiasts, be it just a casual player or die-hard fans, February has a treat for you. Red Bull M.E.O. Finals is to be held on the 22nd of February with mobile games like Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, and Hearthstone. Qualifiers were held for 30 countries with the top players qualified for the finals to be held in an "undisclosed location".
    LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: A month long of League of Legends is here with us for the League of Legends European Championship. Teams will be battling it out on a double round robin where all teams play 18 matches in the group stage and all matches are Bo1, top 6 teams qualifies for the playoffs where in playoffs, all matches are played in Bo5. Whoever survives this bloodbath will win a share in the total prize pool of 200,000 EUR ($224,698 USD) while earning a spot in the Mid-Season Invitational 2020.
    STARCRAFT II/CS:GO: Esports return home at IEM Katowice on Feb. 25th to March 1st where Starcraft II and Counter Strike: Global Offensive action awaits. In CS:GO, this tournament is classified as an S-Tier event where 16 teams will be battling it out for the prize pool of 500,000 USD and a chance at the 1,000,000 USD Intel Grand Slam where Mousesports, Fnatic, Astralis, Team Liquid, and Evil Geniuses qualify. The group stage will consist of two double-elimination format which are seeded using the ESL CS:GO World Rankings. The initial matches are Bo1 and the following matches are Bo3. Top three teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. In the playoffs, it will consist of a single elimination bracket where the quarter finals and semi-finals are Bo3 and the Grand Finals is a Bo5 bloodbath.
    STARCRAFT II: Meanwhile, in the same event, Starcraft II action also takes place. This premier tournament has a prize pool of 400,000 USD where Open Qualifier matches are single-elimination Bo3 until Round of 16. Deciding matches are Bo5 and top 8 advances to the final qualifier. The final qualifier consists of Double-Elimination Bo3, the deciding matches are still Bo5. Qualified players will have to battle it out in a round of 76 which will be held offline in the ESL Arena where 64 players are divided into 4 double-elimination brackets. The group stage commences in round of 24, where four groups of six players play it out in a round robin Bo3 matches. Whoever emerges at the top will win a share of the 400,000 USD prize pool after overcoming their opponent in a best of 7 Grand Finals.
    DOTA 2: DOTA2, road to international resumes with another major Tug of War: Mad Moon to be held on Feb. 19th up to the 23rd. It will be held in Kyiv, where 8 teams participate and try to win home 300,000 USD. Two GSL groups of four teams each in the group stage where top teams from each group advance to the upper bracket in the playoffs, 2nd and 3rd place teams advance to lower bracket while the bottom teams are eliminated. The playoffs will be held in a double-elimination bracket where all games are Bo3 and the grand finals are to be fought in a Bo5.
     
    I can't believe that the year is just starting, there's a lot of eSports to watch still a lot more to come. So, don't forget to check out www.stake.com/sports and place your bets on your favorite teams!
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    Jarrod got a reaction from Flan in February eSports Overview   
    February eSports Overview
    By: Xiao Suji
    February, the shortest month of the year and the month of love......for eSports! We have some big events coming in hot this month from FIFA, Rainbow6, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Starcraft II and Dota2! Let's break it down.
     
    FIFA: So, to kick off our month of eSports, is the FIFA eClub World Cup which will be held in Milan, Italy on Feb 7th-9th. It will feature 22 teams battling it out on a unique 1v1 and 2v2 format for a total of 100,000 USD, as well as Global Series points on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup! So, will Fnatic maintain their lead? Or will FaZe Clan and Movistar Riders who are both hot on their heels steal their spot? We have yet to find out.
    RAINBOW 6: Happening also on the same week is the fourth edition of the Six Invitational which will take place in Laval, in the greater Montreal area. Offline group stage will start on Feb. 7th-9th, and on Feb. 11th-12th the first two days of offline playoffs take place. 16 teams will be competing for a new record prize pool cap of $3,000,000 on a double elimination format. Will team Empire, the current number 1 team, take this home? Or will it be another chip added for Team Liquid's achievement? One thing's for sure, this is going to be a very fun week of Rainbow 6.
    DRAGON BALL Z: Calling all fans of Dragon Ball Z! We are going to have the World Finals of Dragon Ball Z Fighter held in Paris on Feb. 8th to 9th. On the first day, last chance qualifiers will be held featuring a double elimination format to narrow it down to the top 16 which will then be held later in the day in a round robin format. The following day, the top eight will compete on a double elimination format with a prize pool of 80,000 USD.
    CALL OF DUTY: Call of Duty fans will have a treat this February, for it will be a month-long event for Call of Duty League 2020. It will feature a two double-elimination format for the group stage, and a single elimination for the bracket stage. 8 teams will battle it out for CDL Points and teams will earn 10 CDL points for every match won. Call of Duty League Week 2 will be held on Feb. 8th -9th, CDL Toronto Ultra week 7 will be held on Feb. 21st-22nd, Call of Duty League week 3 will be held on Feb 22-23, and Call of Duty League week 4 is held on Feb. 29th to the first of March. Respond to the call of duty and be sure to support your favorite teams for this is an adrenaline filled month of shooting, search and destroy, domination and hardpoint.
    CS:GO: Counter Strike: Global Offensive action returns with another installment in Dreamhack Anaheim which will be held on Feb 21st- Feb 23rd It will feature 8 teams competing for a prize pool of 100,000 USD and a spot in Dreamhack Masters in Jönköping. Which team will you place your bets on? EZ for ENCE? Or will the hot Russian squad of forZe take this in the bag? Let's just wait and see.
    RED BULL M.E.O: Mobile game enthusiasts, be it just a casual player or die-hard fans, February has a treat for you. Red Bull M.E.O. Finals is to be held on the 22nd of February with mobile games like Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, and Hearthstone. Qualifiers were held for 30 countries with the top players qualified for the finals to be held in an "undisclosed location".
    LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: A month long of League of Legends is here with us for the League of Legends European Championship. Teams will be battling it out on a double round robin where all teams play 18 matches in the group stage and all matches are Bo1, top 6 teams qualifies for the playoffs where in playoffs, all matches are played in Bo5. Whoever survives this bloodbath will win a share in the total prize pool of 200,000 EUR ($224,698 USD) while earning a spot in the Mid-Season Invitational 2020.
    STARCRAFT II/CS:GO: Esports return home at IEM Katowice on Feb. 25th to March 1st where Starcraft II and Counter Strike: Global Offensive action awaits. In CS:GO, this tournament is classified as an S-Tier event where 16 teams will be battling it out for the prize pool of 500,000 USD and a chance at the 1,000,000 USD Intel Grand Slam where Mousesports, Fnatic, Astralis, Team Liquid, and Evil Geniuses qualify. The group stage will consist of two double-elimination format which are seeded using the ESL CS:GO World Rankings. The initial matches are Bo1 and the following matches are Bo3. Top three teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. In the playoffs, it will consist of a single elimination bracket where the quarter finals and semi-finals are Bo3 and the Grand Finals is a Bo5 bloodbath.
    STARCRAFT II: Meanwhile, in the same event, Starcraft II action also takes place. This premier tournament has a prize pool of 400,000 USD where Open Qualifier matches are single-elimination Bo3 until Round of 16. Deciding matches are Bo5 and top 8 advances to the final qualifier. The final qualifier consists of Double-Elimination Bo3, the deciding matches are still Bo5. Qualified players will have to battle it out in a round of 76 which will be held offline in the ESL Arena where 64 players are divided into 4 double-elimination brackets. The group stage commences in round of 24, where four groups of six players play it out in a round robin Bo3 matches. Whoever emerges at the top will win a share of the 400,000 USD prize pool after overcoming their opponent in a best of 7 Grand Finals.
    DOTA 2: DOTA2, road to international resumes with another major Tug of War: Mad Moon to be held on Feb. 19th up to the 23rd. It will be held in Kyiv, where 8 teams participate and try to win home 300,000 USD. Two GSL groups of four teams each in the group stage where top teams from each group advance to the upper bracket in the playoffs, 2nd and 3rd place teams advance to lower bracket while the bottom teams are eliminated. The playoffs will be held in a double-elimination bracket where all games are Bo3 and the grand finals are to be fought in a Bo5.
     
    I can't believe that the year is just starting, there's a lot of eSports to watch still a lot more to come. So, don't forget to check out www.stake.com/sports and place your bets on your favorite teams!
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    Jarrod got a reaction from JacksonPalmer in February eSports Overview   
    February eSports Overview
    By: Xiao Suji
    February, the shortest month of the year and the month of love......for eSports! We have some big events coming in hot this month from FIFA, Rainbow6, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Starcraft II and Dota2! Let's break it down.
     
    FIFA: So, to kick off our month of eSports, is the FIFA eClub World Cup which will be held in Milan, Italy on Feb 7th-9th. It will feature 22 teams battling it out on a unique 1v1 and 2v2 format for a total of 100,000 USD, as well as Global Series points on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup! So, will Fnatic maintain their lead? Or will FaZe Clan and Movistar Riders who are both hot on their heels steal their spot? We have yet to find out.
    RAINBOW 6: Happening also on the same week is the fourth edition of the Six Invitational which will take place in Laval, in the greater Montreal area. Offline group stage will start on Feb. 7th-9th, and on Feb. 11th-12th the first two days of offline playoffs take place. 16 teams will be competing for a new record prize pool cap of $3,000,000 on a double elimination format. Will team Empire, the current number 1 team, take this home? Or will it be another chip added for Team Liquid's achievement? One thing's for sure, this is going to be a very fun week of Rainbow 6.
    DRAGON BALL Z: Calling all fans of Dragon Ball Z! We are going to have the World Finals of Dragon Ball Z Fighter held in Paris on Feb. 8th to 9th. On the first day, last chance qualifiers will be held featuring a double elimination format to narrow it down to the top 16 which will then be held later in the day in a round robin format. The following day, the top eight will compete on a double elimination format with a prize pool of 80,000 USD.
    CALL OF DUTY: Call of Duty fans will have a treat this February, for it will be a month-long event for Call of Duty League 2020. It will feature a two double-elimination format for the group stage, and a single elimination for the bracket stage. 8 teams will battle it out for CDL Points and teams will earn 10 CDL points for every match won. Call of Duty League Week 2 will be held on Feb. 8th -9th, CDL Toronto Ultra week 7 will be held on Feb. 21st-22nd, Call of Duty League week 3 will be held on Feb 22-23, and Call of Duty League week 4 is held on Feb. 29th to the first of March. Respond to the call of duty and be sure to support your favorite teams for this is an adrenaline filled month of shooting, search and destroy, domination and hardpoint.
    CS:GO: Counter Strike: Global Offensive action returns with another installment in Dreamhack Anaheim which will be held on Feb 21st- Feb 23rd It will feature 8 teams competing for a prize pool of 100,000 USD and a spot in Dreamhack Masters in Jönköping. Which team will you place your bets on? EZ for ENCE? Or will the hot Russian squad of forZe take this in the bag? Let's just wait and see.
    RED BULL M.E.O: Mobile game enthusiasts, be it just a casual player or die-hard fans, February has a treat for you. Red Bull M.E.O. Finals is to be held on the 22nd of February with mobile games like Clash Royale, Brawl Stars, and Hearthstone. Qualifiers were held for 30 countries with the top players qualified for the finals to be held in an "undisclosed location".
    LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: A month long of League of Legends is here with us for the League of Legends European Championship. Teams will be battling it out on a double round robin where all teams play 18 matches in the group stage and all matches are Bo1, top 6 teams qualifies for the playoffs where in playoffs, all matches are played in Bo5. Whoever survives this bloodbath will win a share in the total prize pool of 200,000 EUR ($224,698 USD) while earning a spot in the Mid-Season Invitational 2020.
    STARCRAFT II/CS:GO: Esports return home at IEM Katowice on Feb. 25th to March 1st where Starcraft II and Counter Strike: Global Offensive action awaits. In CS:GO, this tournament is classified as an S-Tier event where 16 teams will be battling it out for the prize pool of 500,000 USD and a chance at the 1,000,000 USD Intel Grand Slam where Mousesports, Fnatic, Astralis, Team Liquid, and Evil Geniuses qualify. The group stage will consist of two double-elimination format which are seeded using the ESL CS:GO World Rankings. The initial matches are Bo1 and the following matches are Bo3. Top three teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. In the playoffs, it will consist of a single elimination bracket where the quarter finals and semi-finals are Bo3 and the Grand Finals is a Bo5 bloodbath.
    STARCRAFT II: Meanwhile, in the same event, Starcraft II action also takes place. This premier tournament has a prize pool of 400,000 USD where Open Qualifier matches are single-elimination Bo3 until Round of 16. Deciding matches are Bo5 and top 8 advances to the final qualifier. The final qualifier consists of Double-Elimination Bo3, the deciding matches are still Bo5. Qualified players will have to battle it out in a round of 76 which will be held offline in the ESL Arena where 64 players are divided into 4 double-elimination brackets. The group stage commences in round of 24, where four groups of six players play it out in a round robin Bo3 matches. Whoever emerges at the top will win a share of the 400,000 USD prize pool after overcoming their opponent in a best of 7 Grand Finals.
    DOTA 2: DOTA2, road to international resumes with another major Tug of War: Mad Moon to be held on Feb. 19th up to the 23rd. It will be held in Kyiv, where 8 teams participate and try to win home 300,000 USD. Two GSL groups of four teams each in the group stage where top teams from each group advance to the upper bracket in the playoffs, 2nd and 3rd place teams advance to lower bracket while the bottom teams are eliminated. The playoffs will be held in a double-elimination bracket where all games are Bo3 and the grand finals are to be fought in a Bo5.
     
    I can't believe that the year is just starting, there's a lot of eSports to watch still a lot more to come. So, don't forget to check out www.stake.com/sports and place your bets on your favorite teams!
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    Jarrod got a reaction from htetaungxx in What currency are we going to see next?   
    What currency are we going to see next?
    By: Babagucci
    With Stake’s recent release of Tron, it poses the question regarding what currency we may see next. Crypto gambling, as well as gaming in general will become a massive market in the coming years. With all the benefits that come with the use of crypto when compared to fiat currency, there's just no comparison. Every day, we see new and old online casinos incorporating cryptocurrency as a financial option for their players. It is exactly these kinds of steps companies are taking to help crypto reach mass adoption. It certainly won't happen overnight but it's another step closer. 
    As a crypto enthusiast, I think it's safe to say we all have our favorite coins to play with like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or even Dogecoin. But crypto we aren’t too familiar with may be the next big thing.
     
    GAMING WITH CRYPTO
    When you gamble at your favorite online casino, it doesn't get better than doing so with your favorite cryptocurrencies. It especially makes for a much better gaming experience for the players. For example, when you are playing at Stake, being a crypto only casino opens the door for a much better overall playing experience.
    Gone are the days where a player must wait 3 or more days to receive their winnings. When you hit 1000x on Plinko the last thing you want to do is wait 3 - 5 days for your money, instead you want it immediately. Since Stake incorporated cryptocurrency as their financial option to the players instead of fiat, they can offer more advanced features such as instant withdrawals. This also allows for increased privacy, lower transaction fees and complete transparency over your entire gaming experience.
    When it comes to gambling with crypto, what currency would you like to be added to Stake as well as other casinos? There are a couple coins I have been following for some time now and looks promising. It would be great to see some of these cryptocurrencies added in the future. ICON (ICX) is one of them.
     
    ICON (ICX)
    ICON is an interconnecting blockchain network that connects independent blockchains without the use of third-party intermediaries. Icon is built on the platform called Loopchain, created by a team of developers based in Korea. Loopchain gives various blockchains the ability to communicate and interact with each other all through the Icon network. The Icon network has great scalability, while granting full compatibility with Bitcoin and Ethereum. Icon aims to become one of the largest decentralized networks in the world. 
    The Icon network looks very promising as their development team brings this technology to our everyday lives. To see it incorporated with gaming would be extremely efficient for gamblers, offering fast, ultra-low cost transactions. Developers have already built real world applications on the Icon network which are being used with real communities. In addition, Icon offers various applications such as ICONex, ICONTracker, DiD, DPass and ICONick.
     
    ICONex - Their signature wallet supporting ICX plus various cryptocurrencies which are all connected to the Icon network. ICONex boasts faster transactions, secure payments, and a liquid exchange across multiple cryptocurrencies with user-friendly UX and UI. Users can send Icon for just 0.01 ICX.
    ICONTracker - Their blockchain explorer where users can look up blocks, transactions, tokens connected to the network, P-Rep list, and network proposals.
    DiD – A decentralized identification based on Icon public blockchain, realizes Self-Sovereign Identity which means users can directly manage. With DiD users can take control of their identity by managing your unique DiD and certificates all done on your own device. On top of that you can also keep your personal information safe with their digital vault services as well as using your blockchain identity to verify for different services using DPass.
    DPass (Decentralized Passport) - An application that offers blockchain identity verification as well as cryptocurrency wallet functionality. It is an end user app service that allows users to securely manage their personal information and enjoy the services of various Dapps through DiD.
    ICONick - A convenient ‘wallet ID’ used in the ICON network. Use your own unique nickname to replace the long and complicated default wallet address to conveniently transfer or exchange ICX. All ICONex users can register one ICONick per wallet for free for one year. But what is really cool is the ability to sell your own ICONick address in an open market with other users.
     
    With near endless possibilities with which the Icon network can provide, this coin could be very beneficial to the gaming community. With 1000's of cryptocurrencies on the market, there are surely many others that could also prove to be beneficial to players using crypto. Icon is just one that shows great promise and will be exciting to watch this technology unfold.
  19. Payday
    Jarrod got a reaction from EpicGord in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
  20. Thanks
    Jarrod got a reaction from OlegBarca in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
  21. Bitcoin
    Jarrod got a reaction from petikemas in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
  22. Thanks
    Jarrod got a reaction from htetaungxx in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
  23. Payday
    Jarrod got a reaction from juliusdajay in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
  24. Payday
    Jarrod got a reaction from weswayahe in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
  25. Payday
    Jarrod got a reaction from Flan in TRADERS' TIPS - EPL Gameweek 26   
    Our sports team have come together to pick four legs for this weekend's EPL action! A bit of research has gone into this one - fingers crossed! 
     
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Everton vs Crystal Palace 
    Under 2.5 goals: 1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Eight of the last ten Premier League matches between these two teams have resulted in under 2.5 goals.  Crystal Palace have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, with only three teams conceding less than them.  Everton have scored just six goals in their last five home games across all competitions.   
    Saturday 8th Feb
    Brighton vs Watford
    Double Chance - Draw or Watford FC: $1.73*
    Reasoning: 
    Brighton are winless in six, with just the solitary win in their last ten.  Despite losing their last two Premier League matches, Watford were unbeaten in their previous six, which included four wins.  Brighton rescued a point at West Ham last week, scoring two goals in the last 15 minutes to gain a result. Watford on the other hand surrendered a two goal lead to lose in the last minute against Everton.These two results don’t tell the full story.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Sheffield United vs Bournemouth
    1x2: Sheffield United - 1.70*
    Reasoning: 
    Despite Bournemouth’s last two league victories coming in successive weeks, their form previous suggests this run is about to end. They won two Premier League games in the 17 games previous, and have not won three league games in a row since 2016.  Sheffield have conceded 11 goals at home this season, the second least only to Liverpool.  Sheffield have lost just one of 15 league meetings with Bournemouth, winning nine.   
    Sunday 9th Feb
    Manchester City vs West Ham 
    Manchester City Win to Nil: Yes - 1.93*
    Reasoning: 
    West Ham have fired a blank in their last three games against Manchester City, conceding ten goals in those matches.  West Ham are winless in six, and are slowly but surely cementing a place in the relegation zone. They have also scored just ten away goals, second least to only Norwich.  Manchester City will be keen to bounce back in a big way after two consecutive Premier League losses against their cross-town rivals United, and Spurs respectively.  Multi odds: 9.82*
    *Odds correct at time of writing.
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