Roker Riches: Cash To Be Made In The Cup?

Alex Livesey

As Sunderland enter the FA Cup for the first time since last season's heartbreaking exit to Everton our tipping team cast their eyes over Bolton vs Sunderland and the rest of the action - back at your own peril!

Week Twenty Recap

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance

Karl Jones

-£8

£23

Dan Williams

-£10

£11

Simon Walsh

£9

£26

David Boyle

-£5

£0

Chris Weatherspoon

N/A

-£19.50

Another week and another change at the top of our tipster table as Simon Walsh comes from nowhere to take the lead following his Everton/Tamworth double last night. Sunderland's inept defensive display cost the majority of us big style with under 2.5 goals proving to be a popular bet from last night, while Dan Williams came close with his shout of Liverpool to win and Suarez to score first pick.

Luckily for the team we don't have long to wait to try and recover some of our losses with the FA Cup next up on the agenda this weekend.

David Boyle

Following the disappointing exit of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Middlesbrough back in October you can guarantee O'Neill will be expecting his side to put in more of a performance in the FA Cup this weekend. With that in mind I am backing a Sunderland win for the travelling hoardes to enjoy, however I believe there may well just be even more value in backing the Black Cats to win to nil which is available at some very nice odds indeed.

Staying with the FA Cup I am going to try and pick out a couple of "upsets" that may well be on the cards, starting with Brighton to beat Newcastle. The Mags were dumped out of the competition at this stage last year and with a number of injuries to consider Pardew's thoughts may well be on more pressing matters than a cup run. I also fancy Ipswich to get a result at Villa Park. Paul Lambert's side showed some fighting spirit last time out against Swansea but he too may favour the league over any cup run this term with his young squad.

  • Sunderland to win to nil - 9/2 - £2.50 Stake
  • Brighton and Ipswich to win - 13/1 - £1.50 Stake

Dan Williams

I fully expect us to go on another little run in the FA Cup, so I'm going to have to back us to win this game. You would like to think that we've got enough in the bank to overcome a Bolton team who have been hugely underwhelming this term. I rarely back things with such short odds, instead preferring to try and win big, but I've lost about £80 on here recently, so let's keep things simple.

Like Dave, I'm going to stick with the FA Cup. I'm going for a bit of a lottery and just pick a fair few teams, so...Blackburn, Reading, Hull, Leicester, Millwall, Tottenham and Wigan.

  • Sunderland to win - 8/5 - £5 Stake
  • Blackburn, Reading, Hull, Leicester, Millwall, Tottenham and Wigan to win - 26/1 - £5 Stake

Simon Walsh

Despite the pathetic effort against Liverpool I'm really quite confident ahead of the weekend's game with Bolton. I think there'll be a few rockets left over from New Year and fired into certain people's backsides, plus a couple of changes to freshen things up and a win at the Reebok is certainly on the cards.

Elsewhere in the FA Cup I'm hoping to create some sort of "Upset Special", so a small wager is going on some big bets. Wins for Crawley against Reading, West Brom at QPR and Sheffield United at Oxford.
  • Sunderland win with -1 handicap - 15/2 - £2 Stake
  • Crawley, West Brom and Sheffield United all to win - 18/1 - £2 Stake

Karl Jones

A cup game, away from home and against a lower league team is usually a recipe for disaster when Sunderland are concerned. But I think we'll escape such a fate this time around, and progress with a very workman-like win.

Elsewhere, we'll do a bit of Countdown and pick two from the FA Cup, one from League Two and two from abroad - a real mixed bag of accumulator joy.

  • Sunderland to beat Bolton by one goal - 7/2 - £4 Stake
  • Rotherham, Port Vale, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan all to win plus Charlton/Huddersfield over 2.5 goals - 24/1 - £2 Stake
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