Who to pick for Super Sunday?

by Olly on October 27, 2013

This week sees two of the most exciting games in the Premier League this season, with the rip-roaring North East Derby Sunderland vs Newcastle, and the clash of the titans, Chelsea vs Manchester City.

So who are the top 5 players to pick in these games?

These are my 5.

Sunderland Vs Newcastle

Loic Remy – Remy has made 5 starts this season for Newcastle, notching 5 goals in the process. The French international has been sensational for Alan Pardew, and continues to display the quality he showed towards the end of last season with Q.P.R. With the Black Cats defence conceding 9 goals in their last 3 games, including 4 last week to Swansea, they will struggle to keep a man of Remy’s class out.

Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle’s talisman is producing the kind of form that saw Arsenal try to steal him away from St James’s earlier this year. He’s already scored two unbelievable goals against both Merseyside teams, and is at the centre of everything good that comes from Newcastle.

Hatem Ben Arfa – Last week Pardew opted to give this man a free role in the centre of attack, which caused Liverpool all sorts of bother. A player who can get a goal out of nothing.

Craig Gardner – A player who always shows a lot of spirit, which Sunderland will need if they are to stand any chance of winning. Will never shy from a tackle, has a great right peg and takes penalties.

Steven Fletcher – Having recovered from a shoulder dislocation, which has put him out most the season so far, Fletcher could be the key to Sunderland staying up if he can get a good run of form going. He scored 34 goals in all competitions last year, and is a class finisher who will trouble Newcastle’s shaky defence.

Chelsea Vs Manchester City

Sergio Aguero – Has been in great form recently, scoring 5 goals in his last 3 games. He’s also showed that he can perform on the big stage when he bagged 2 in the Manchester Derby earlier this season. With the man in such scintillating form, the Chelsea defence will have to be in top nick to keep him under wraps.

Oscar – Arguably Chelsea’s best performer this season, he’s been the creative spark in Chelsea’s play, scoring an impressive 5 goals in the process.

Branislav Ivanovic – The solid right back has been easily Chelsea’s biggest attacking threat from defence this season. Strong in the air, he’s netted once already against Aston Villa and has a knack of scoring in the big games.

Yaya Toure – A man who relishes the big occasion, has proved deadly from set pieces this year, and with the addition of Fernandinho to the team has been given the licence to go and join the attack as he pleases.

David Silva – Has been putting in a string of great performances recently, reminiscent to the ones he produced in City’s title winning year. Scored and made an assist in his last game in the league against West Ham, the midfielder seems to have a telepathic link with Sergio Aguero at times.

Image from Jason Bagley

Sportech and Picklive Announce US Daily Fantasy Sports Joint Venture

by Olly on September 30, 2013

Sportech PLC, one of the world’s leading operators and suppliers of pools and tote gaming, and Picklive, the makers of the world’s first live fantasy sports game are pleased to announce a joint venture to launch Picklive USA. Picklive USA is an innovative new gaming product targeting the rapidly growing U.S. fantasy sports market, worth an estimated $2 billion, through a combination of daily fantasy sports, social gaming and in-play entertainment.

Picklive USA will be distributed nationwide and will leverage Sportech’s extensive reach in the U.S., where it currently processes 50% of all horseracing bets. The new fantasy games will extend Sportech’s product offering beyond horseracing to a vast sports market, including U.S. professional-league football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer. Picklive will be accessible to Sportech’s existing customer base in Connecticut as well as to its B2B customers through eBet, Sportech’s U.S. online division, which operates over 20 horserace betting websites.

The new fantasy games will be launched next year in Connecticut following the commercial launch of MyWinners.com, Connecticut’s only legal online betting, which is expected before the end of this year. Further distribution opportunities will be made available by utilising Sportech’s customer base across the United States.

Research carried out by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in 2013 estimated that 33.5 million adults play fantasy sports games in the US, in an industry worth over $2 billion, with daily fantasy sports taking a rapidly increasing share of the overall market. Sportech sees the opportunity to bring the “social” experience into the fantasy sports space, and aims for Picklive USA to be the ultimate second-screen entertainment and social experience during live sport.

Commenting on the joint venture, Ian Penrose, Sportech CEO said:

“This transaction further develops our increasing online presence in the rapidly growing U.S. market. With Sportech’s strong heritage in sports gaming and strong relationship base, the daily fantasy sports market is a natural potential growth area for us, and I am excited by Picklive USA’s potential to become a major player in this space.”

Commenting on Picklive USA, David Galan, CEO of Picklive said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with Sportech given its unique position as a major operator in the highly regulated and rapidly changing U.S. gaming market.  Picklive has already enjoyed great success in the UK and this opportunity allows us to bring product innovation and the ‘social’ element into the daily fantasy sports space in the U.S. and become a primary second-screen entertainment destination and social experience to accompany live sport.”

About Sportech PLC

Sportech PLC is a sports gaming and entertainment company and one of the world’s leading pool betting organizations, focusing on highly regulated markets worldwide.  Sportech provides betting technology for football (soccer), horseracing and greyhounds, processing over $13 billion in bets annually with a presence in 30 countries.  Sportech also has a developing e-Gaming business.  Sportech is headquartered in London, England with operational offices in Liverpool, England, Atlanta, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.  For more information about Sportech PLC, please visit www.sportechplc.com.

We’ve got some exciting changes for 2013/14!

by Olly on August 16, 2013

The new season is upon us and we’ve been busy at Picklive towers over the summer. It’s not the Bale or Suarez transfer sagas that have dominated our attention (some might say thankfully) so here is what’s new for the start 2013/14:

LOWER RAKES: This season we have lowered the rakes and introduced a sliding scale. For this season rooms between £2 and £5 will have a rake of 15%, rooms between £5 and £10 will have a 10% rake and rooms over £10 will have a 7.5% rake. That means more money in the prize pot!

PICKING RESTRICTIONS: We have implemented one picking restriction for the 2013/14, you have to have at least one player from each team in your 5 at all times.

AUTO BACKUPS: This season you will only pick 5 players when making your selections, even if the lineups haven’t been confirmed. This is because we have introduced auto-backups and from this season if you pick a player that is not starting you will automatically be assigned the player with the highest average score from the past three games in the same team that you haven’t picked. You will still be able to edit your picks right up until kick off if you want to change the auto assigned player.

TIE BREAKER: For 2013/14 we have introduced a tie breaker question that you answer when picking your players. You need to predict the time of the first goal, to the nearest minute, and this will be used to separate teams in case of a tie. When there is a tie, the player that predicted the team nearest to the first goal, which we get timestamped from Opta, will finish higher in the table (and take a bigger share of the winnings).

FULL GAME RULES:  You can read the full game rules in detail here.

MORE IMPROVEMENTS COMING: There are lots more changes in the pipeline over the next few months.  In-play substitutions, a totally new site design and a new ‘Head to Head’ game are all on their way. We’ll keep you informed as we release new features.

We’re all set for another season of Picklive fun so get picking for tomorrow’s Premier League matches and take home an opening weekend win!!

We’ve got the Confederations Cup on Picklive!

by Olly on June 11, 2013

There’s no Euros or World Cup this summer but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have anything for you on Picklive. We’ll be covering the Confederations Cup, which starts this Saturday, and there are rooms for everyone.

The World Cup warm up competition should throw up some interesting matches with a host of big names taking part. So whether it’s Neymar, Suarez, Balotelli or Kagawa that piques your interest we’ll have them all. And if it’s a David vs. Goliath clash that you’re looking for then look no further than the match between World Champions Spain and 138th ranked Tahiti on Thursday 20th June.

The Brazilians are sure to make it a party atmosphere as the countdown to the 2014 World Cup begins so make sure you keep your eye in this summer and get picking for the Confederations Cup.

Photo by Mark Hillary

Congratulations Mudahim – our Grand Final winner!

by Olly on May 29, 2013

On Saturday night Bayern Munich weren’t the only people celebrating a big win, York City fan Mudahim also had reason to be cheerful as he scooped the £1625 top prize in our Champions League Tournament Grand Final.

Throughout the knockout stages there have been 20 Grand Final tickets available to the best performing Picklive players in each match and all the hard work and top picking of the last few months finally paid off on Saturday.

The match had a dramatic finish with Robben taking “the cup with the big ears” back to Munich for a 5th time and his goal turned the Grand Final on it’s head too. Millman Hotspur FC seemed destined to take a lead into extra time but Robben’s last gasp winner meant Mudahim leapt into first place to claim top prize. It was harsh on Millman Hotspur FC but £500 isn’t bad consolation for finishing in 2nd place.

Commendations also go to FIVER SIDE who scooped £250 for 3rd place and also Player103895 and Sid Lowe’s Caveat who shard the £125 prize for 4th place.

Well done to all the winners and everyone that took a share of the £90 prizes that were handed out for each knockout match. We’ve got the Confederations Cup coming soon on Picklive and we’ll have plenty more competitions next season!