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We are back at it again with our Sportpesa Mega Jackpot post-match analysis. Brace yourselves as last week’s sportpesa mega jackpot games had it all, from tumbling records to stunning comebacks. With this in mind, lets dive right into it, shall we?

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Burnley v Leicester

Our 1st Pick: 1

Our 2nd Pick: 12

Result: 2-1

Burnley’s Chris Wood scored against his former club while Kevin Long headed a second as the Clarets made it a five straight league wins. Leicester wasted several chances before Jamie Vardy’s powerful finish reduced the deficit, but the hosts hung on to open up a nine-point lead on their eighth-placed opponents with five games to play.

This is the first time the Lancashire club have won five consecutive matches in the top flight since November 1968 and the latest success against recent champions summed up their stellar season. All the key ingredients that can be used to define the clarets were there – hard work, grit and determination. Vardy’s goal, after substitute Kelechi Iheanacho’s clever pass, was little consolation for manager Claude Puel, who lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to injury in the closing stages.

We had gone for a home win as our 1st win based on Burnley’s based on their exemplary run of form and stoic defense at home and this proved to be an accurate prediction.

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QPR v Preston

Our 1st Pick: 1

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 1-2

Preston kept their hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs alive as they came from behind to win at QPR. The Lilywhites move up to eighth, three points off the play-offs, with three games of the campaign remaining.

Matt Smith poked in Ryan Manning’s volleyed cross to put the hosts ahead. However, against the run of play, Callum Robinson levelled on the stroke of half-time when his close-range effort from a low ball in from Darnell Fisher just crept over the line.

After having a goal contentiously ruled out for offside, Robinson turned Alan Browne’s goal bound header home on the line to seal victory for Alex Neil’s side.

We had gone for a home win as our 1st pick based on previous head to head records and a draw as our 2nd pick bit the late winner proved both predictions wrong.

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Huddersfield v Watford

Our 1st Pick: X

Our 2nd Pick: 12

Result: 1-0

Highly-rated prodigy, Tom Ince’s goal in injury time won the match for the Terriers with their first shot on target against well drilled opponents at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The game was rather weary, with not a lot of cleat-cut chances for both teams. Both defended well and were very organized.

The breakthrough came as Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen latched on to a long punt into the area and squared the ball to Ince, who fired in from five yards.

We had gone for a draw as our 1st pick based on both teams’ current form with a double chance as our 2nd pick just incase either side nicked a late winner and this proved to be the case.

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Swansea v Everton

Our 1st Pick: 1

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 1-1

Everton boss Sam Allardyce praised Wayne Rooney’s midfield performance as they picked up a morale boosting point against Swansea City who had been in exemplary home form with victories over Arsenal and Liverpool recorded at the Liberty Stadium.

Despite a dominant start from Swansea, during which they had two shots cleared off the line, a Kyle Naughton own goal put Everton ahead. Swansea kept control however, and their pressure paid off as Jordan Ayew levelled with a cool finish from inside the box.

Big Sam highlighted Swansea’s performance at the Liberty Stadium, where they are unbeaten in their past six Premier League games.

Based on the Swans stellar home record, we had a home win and a draw as our 1st and 2nd pick respectively and the latter proved to be the winning one.

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Barnsley v Bolton

Our 1st Pick: X

Our 2nd Pick: 2

Result: 2-2

Oli McBurnie proved to be the hero of the day when he scored an injury-time equaliser to help Barnsley snatch a late draw with fellow Championship relegation strugglers Bolton.

Gary Gardner had fired the Tykes into a half-time lead from 10 yards and Bolton thought they had won it when Adam Le Fondre levelled with a penalty before Craig Noone volleyed in late on.

However, McBurnie came in to the rescue when he headed in a corner to leave third-from-bottom Barnsley two points behind both Bolton and Birmingham City. Going into the last minutes, the Tykes appeared to be climbing out of the drop zone courtesy of Gardner’s strike after McBurnie had seen two efforts cleared off the line. That looked set to lift Bolton five points clear of the relegation zone but McBurnie headed in at the far post to earn Barnsley a crucial point.

With a relegation battle in mind, we had gone for a draw as our 1st pick and it proved to be the winning one.

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Norwich v Cardiff

Our 1st Pick: X

Our 2nd Pick: 12

Result: 0-2

Welsh giants, Cardiff City regained their advantage in the Championship automatic spots after securing a dramatically late win at Carrow Road.

Kenneth Zohore’s came off the bench to help Cardiff end a run of successive defeats with arguably their most important victory of the entire campaign. Junior Hoilett’s superb strike capped the comeback victory in stoppage time.

Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Brentford means Cardiff regained second spot with a game in hand on the Londoners.

Cardiff had never previously done a league double over Norwich which explains our 1st pick being a draw but we gave the Welshmen a chance with a double chance as our 2nd pick and this proved to be the winning one.

 

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MK Dons v Doncaster

Our 1st Pick: X

Our 2nd Pick: 2

Result: 1-2

It had been a week of stellar comebacks in the football universe and Doncaster weren’t to be left behind as John Marquis scored twice to help his side come from behind to salvage a 2-1 win over MK Dons – who slipped four points adrift of safety.

The visitors were a goal behind when Ike Ugbo netted for the Dons early on before Marquis found the net twice in the second-half to complete an impressive turnaround for the visitors, as MK Dons suffered their third straight defeat.

Notably, the visitors completed the turnaround just after the hour when James Coppinger sailed through the MK midfield unchallenged before finding Tommy Rowe, who crossed to the unmarked Marquis inside the box before he tapped home to officially secure Darren Ferguson’s side’s League One status next season.

We had gone for a draw as our 1st pick based on the fact that both teams were scrapping for survival. However, as the hosts were on winless run, we went for an away win as our 2nd pick and it proved to be the winning one.

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Walsall v AFC Wimbledon

Our 1st Pick: 2

Our 2nd Pick: 12

Result: 2-3

Dean Parrett’s stoppage-time penalty capped a stunning comeback as Wimbledon fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against fellow relegation rivals Walsall.

Walsall had gone into the lead after just six minutes as Jack Fitzwater glanced Erhun Oztumer’s free-kick past keeper George Long via his outstretched thigh. All seemed lost for the visitors when the hosts doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time via Julien Ngoy’s flicked ball over one Dons defender before he turned on the after-burners and outsprinted another to slot a cool finish under Long.

However, Nicky Devlin’s rash challenge on Andy Barcham handed Wimbledon a lifeline two minutes into the second half. Unlucky Walsall keeper Liam Roberts saved Lyle Taylor’s penalty with his legs and palmed away the loose ball only for Joe Pigott to slam home from close range. Taylor then fired an acrobatic volley off the post but latched onto keeper Long’s 65th-minute clearance to thump home a superb strike from just inside the box and it was game on.

The visitors won it deep into stoppage time as Parrett lashed home from the spot after Kory Roberts fouled Taylor. Victory pushed the Dons above Walsall, with the sides sitting four and three points respectively above the drop zone.

We had gone for an away win as our 1st pick based on the fact that they needed maximum points to have any hope of surviving the drop and this proved true.

 

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Chievo v Torino

Our 1st Pick: 1

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 0-0

As ever, goalless encounters are every football fans’ worst nightmare and this was one of those easy to foregt matches. Both teams stepped into the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium full of hope but a point a piece was the final result.

We had gone for a home win as our 1st pick based on head to head records as well as a draw as a draw as our 2nd pick and it proved to be the winning one.

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Leganes v Celta Vigo

Our 1st Pick: 2

Our 2nd Pick: 12

Result: 1-0

High-flying Celta Vigo came into this one following a commendable 4-0 win against Sevilla. However, the hosts didn’t get the memo as they were in imperious form.

Their stalwart and bullish home performance was duly rewarded in the 63rd minute when Guerrero scored what was to be the match winning goal. The visitors rallied with star-man Iago Aspas as their focal point but he was well marshalled by hosts’ stoic defense.

We had gone for an away win as our 1st win based purely on Iago Aspas’ rich vein on form. However, we had a double chance as our double pick and this proved to be the winning one.

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Caen v Toulouse

Our 1st Pick: X

Our 2nd Pick: 1

Result: PP

This particular match was post-poned to be played at a later date.

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Strasbourg v St. Etienne

Our 1st Pick: 2

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 0-1

Former Arsenal defender, Mathieu Debuchy continued his rich vein of form since joining St Etienne in January. He has been coming up with crucial goals despite his playing position as a defender and this proved to be the case once again during this particular encounter.

His stunning left footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner after a sumptuous set-up by Kevin Monnet-Paquet proved to be the match winning goal.

We had gone for an away win as our 1st pick based on the visitors current form and this proved to be accurate.

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 Atalanta v Inter Milan

Our 1st Pick: X

Our 2nd Pick: 1

Result: 0-0

Inter Milan’s chances of a Champions League berth were all but extinguished after their barren draw at Atalanta in the Italian Serie A last Saturday.

For their part, Atalanta were chasing a Europa League spot and they moved three points behind sixth-placed AC Milan, who host title hopefuls Napoli on Sunday and thus still stand a good chance at attaining this fete.

Inter struggled in Bergamo as Atalanta had the better of the chances during a rather lacklustre first half. The hosts should have taken the lead in the fifth minute when Alejandro “Papu” Gomez was sent clear by a perfectly weighted ball from Bryan Cristante but he fired wide of the left post with only Samir Handanovic to beat.

The 19-year-old highly-rated prospect, Musa Barrow was given his first Serie A start by Atalanta and he almost had the dream debut as he went close on three occasions, seeing two efforts saved by Handanovic and sending another agonizingly wide.

The chances were far and in between after the break but Inter had a flurry of late opportunities to snatch all three points. Star-player Ivan Perisic, who had squandered two guilt-edged chances in the first half, again should have scored but he headed Eder’s cross wide and Inter failed to score for a third successive match.

We had a draw as our 1st pick simply based on the fact that it is usually the case when these two meet and this proved to be the winning pick.

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Tottenham v Manchester City

Our 1st Pick: 2

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 1-3

This was a morale-boosting win for City after the disappointment of Tuesday’s chastening defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals, a competition many had pipped Pep and co to win as they have been arguably the best side in Europe.

Despite De Bruyne and co completely dominating the first half, there were some nervy moments as Tottenham got back into the match, nerves were settle though when in-form Englishman Raheem Sterling scored City’s decisive third goal.

Gabriel Jesus had put City ahead in the 22nd minute, racing onto club captain, Vincent Kompany’s sumptuous long ball and sliding a low shot past the on-rushing Hugo Lloris.

Just three minutes later, the France goalkeeper conceded a penalty, with a card-worthy studs up sliding challenge on Sterling who had been causing them all sorts of problems down City’s right-hand flank. Replays did suggest that the incident occurred just outside the box but the penalty was awarded and Ilkay Gundogan converted from the spot to double City’s lead.

The host did manage to unsettle a few City nerves when against the run of play, Christian Eriksen halved the deficit. Latching onto Harry Kane’s through ball, his shot ricocheted off Aymeric Laporte and then back off the Dane and in past Ederson.

After the break City withstood a period of sustained pressure from Spurs, before Sterling hammered in the rebound from Jesus’ shot to secure all three points in the 72nd minute. It inflicted Spurs’ first league defeat since losing 4-1 at City on 16 December, ending an unbeaten run of 14 matches.

The win meant that the Cityzens only needed one more win to secure the English Premier League title, however, Manchester United’s shocking loss at old Trafford to the bottom placed side West Brom literally handed their perennial rivals the title on a platter. Pep’s side were duly crowned the 2017/2018 English Premier League title following that result.

We had gone for an away win as our 1st pick simply based on the fact that Spurs are known to bottle it when it comes to the ‘big’ matches and this proved to be true.

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Schalke v Borussia Dortmund

Our 1st Pick: 2

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 2-0

Schalke bagged all bragging rights by beating Dortmund 2-0 in Sunday’s Revierderby and consequently moved 4 points clear of their arch-rivals and challengers for second place in the German Bundesliga table.

Borussia Dortmund arrived at the Arena AufSchalke arena with a simple and clear thought. A victory would take them above their opponents in their age-old battle for supremacy. However, they were outplayed by Schalke as second-half goals from Yevhen Konoplyanka and Naldo handed Domenico Tedesco’s men all three points and the much-publicized bragging rights.

German midfield maestro, Reus was Dortmund’s main threat in the second half and had a low shot saved by Fahrmann before his dangerous cross was turned wide by team-mate Christian Pulisic as they pushed for a way back into the game but it just wasn’t to be as the hosts were in boisterous form

The defeat meant that Dortmund slipped to fourth place, with Bayer Leverkusen moving ahead of them on goal difference.

We had gone for an away win as our 1st pick based on previous results in this fiery derby. We had a draw as our 2nd pick as we felt that the visitors were in fine form more so with their star-men such as Reus is fine form. None proved true and this proved the old saying that when it comes to derbies, form doesn’t really count to be true.

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Werder Bremen v RB Leipzig

Our 1st Pick: 1

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 1-1

Ademola Lookman was the toast of town as he kept the visitor’s top-four hopes alive with a well-taken and crafty equaliser against the resurgent Werder Bremen on Sunday.

The visitors were looking to end a difficult week on a high, having suffered a morale draining 4-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in their previous Bundesliga match and also fell at the hands of Marseille in the quarter finals of the Europa league on Thursday. Following their chastening Europa exit, coach Ralph Hasenhüttl made six changes to his side, benching Liverpool-bound midfield talisman Naby Keita and only naming six substitutes.

As expected, Leipzig looked fatigued in the first half and duly fell behind on 28 minutes when Niklas Moisander scuffed a shot over the line after Max Kruse’s initial cracking effort had struck the bar.

Both sides pressed for a winner in what was truly an entertaining end to the game, but each lacked nerves of steel when the chance presented itself.  The result meant that Leipzig moved up above Hoffenheim into fifth, four points behind Borussia Dortmund in fourth, while Bremen climbed up to 12th.

We had a home win as our 1st pick based on the fact that the visitors had played on Thursday and fatigue levels would be present. However, we picked a draw as our 2nd pick simply based on previous head to head records that portrayed a high probability of a stalemate and this proved to be the case.

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Lazio v Roma

Our 1st Pick: 2

Our 2nd Pick: X

Result: 0-0

These two teams came into this one with as differing emotions as is possible. Roma were still in celebratory mood after staging the mother of all comebacks against European giants Barcelona in the champions league. On the other hand, Lazio were reeling from losing a 4-2 advantage in the Europa league against Red Bull Salzburg with the match ending 4-1 and 6-5 on aggregate in favor of the Austrians.

This set the mood for a rather dull affair as both teams seemed fatigued following their midweek exploits. The only notable event was the second yellow card handed to Lazio’s Stefan Radu in the 80th minute for a nasty foul. This gave the visitiors the impetus to push for a last gasp winner and they almost did when Edin Dzeko’s right footed shot from outside the box is went ever so after some lovely build up play by Radja Nainggolan in the 91st minute.

Nil nil was the final score and it was fair given the general run of play.

We had gone for an away win as our 1st pick given Roma’s heroic display against the Catalan giants but had a draw as our 2nd pick based on the fact that both teams would be fatigued following their energy-sapping mid-week matches and this proved to be true.

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That’s it regarding our Sportpesa Mega Jackpot post-match analysis this week and we are happy to say we are definitely getting better with a high of 8/16 correct predictions. Watch out for our sportpesa mega jackpot predictions this week.

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