Make a Cup call to win £25,000

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

NEXT stop, the big time!

This week­end sees the stag­ing of the FA Cup sec­ond round, with lower league clubs vy­ing for the chance to grab a plum third round tie against a top Premier League side when the draw is made on Mon­day.

Suc­cess­ful sec­ond round clubs will re­ceive £54,000 from the FA prize fund.

But it’s the prospect of be­com­ing an FA Cup gi­antkiller, like New­port’s slay­ing of Le­ices­ter in Jan­uary or Portsmouth’s win at Norwich, which re­ally mo­ti­vates lower league clubs.

We’re cel­e­brat­ing this spe­cial week­end by team­ing up the world’s old­est and orig­i­nal foot­ball cup com­pe­ti­tion with the world’s old­est and orig­i­nal foot­ball bet­ting medium, The Pools, in an ex­tra-spe­cial round of footie5.

Footie5 is The Pools’ free-to-play foot­ball pre­dic­tion game, where play­ers are chal­lenged to pick the scores in five fix­tures for the chance to win a £25,000 jack­pot.

But what makes footie5 spe­cial is that you can pick the games you want to pre­dict each week – and this week­end that in­cludes the FA Cup sec­ond round.

So, while you can choose to pre­dict scores from some of the big­gest matches in the Premier League, you can also choose to pre­dict how Al­trin­cham will do at Portsmouth.

Not sure how Ever­ton will fare at Le­ices­ter? Swap it for Old­ham’s home tie with Bur­ton.

Un­cer­tain about United v As­ton Villa? Swap it for League One Tran­mere host­ing the low­est ranked team left in the com­pe­ti­tion, Chich­ester City.

Our footie5 am­bas­sadors Jer­maine Je­nas and Sam Quek of­fer their own tips ev­ery week.

Liver­pool fan Quek has backed Tran­mere Rovers to reach the third round and beat non-league Chich­ester City 3-0.

She said: “After a good win away at Wy­combe Wanderers in the first round, Tran­mere should be turn­ing over Chich­ester, who play in the eighth tier of English foot­ball.”

Mean­while, for­mer For­est mid­fielder Je­nas is back­ing Northamp­ton to beat Na­tional League side Notts County 2-0.

He said: “The Cob­blers are in good form and are look­ing com­fort­able in front of goal. Notts County are very in­con­sis­tent at the mo­ment so I can­not see them win­ning this one.”

You can fol­low their ad­vice or fol­low your own hunches.

To play the lat­est round of footie5, just head to now and reg­is­ter if you’ve not done so.

You’ll be pre­sented with five fix­tures al­ready cho­sen for you, but to pick a dif­fer­ent game sim­ply tap on Swap Fix­ture and select the game you want to pre­dict.

En­ter the scores you’re pre­dict­ing for each game – there’s stats on ev­ery team to help you along.

Once you’ve con­firmed your pre­dicted scores for the five games, you can even back your pre­dic­tions with a sim­ple paid bet.

Or just play our free-to-play game, where the £25,000 jack­pot is up for grabs if you get your five score­lines bang on. Then it’s time to sit back and watch the ac­tion!

Sam Quek and Jer­maine Je­nas

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