Roker Riches: Putting Our Money Where Out Mouth Is For Spurs Visit

Jan Kruger

Sunderland are pulling a Craig Clark and lie some way behind at the foot of the table, and now face a difficult, but very winnable, home game against Tottenham. Here's where our writing team think the money can be found.

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
Simon Walsh -£7.00 £117.00
Stephen Goldsmith N/A £89.80
Luke Bowley -£10.00 £61.10
Nick Holden -£4.50 £28.12
Dave Boyle £16.88 £27.54
Karl Jones N/A £0
Craig Clark -£6.00 -£24.80

Dave Boyle was the only of our team to make a profit during the week, making a tidy £16.88 from his bets. Dave correctly went for Chelsea to beat Sunderland with over 2.5 goals in the game, while also plumping for both Leeds and Derby to pick up wins on Wednesday night.

Despite his win, the standings remain unchanged. Simon Walsh has been hemorrhaging money lately, but Stephen Goldsmith is still missing, while I failed to close the gap after predicting Blackpool would beat Yeovil, forgetting that Gary Johnson is the greatest football manager there's ever been. Simon therefore remains comfortably on top of the table. Now onto this weekend's betting:

Nick Holden

So even when I bet against us I can't catch a break! Right, it's back to sheer blind optimism in that case. Been looking at half-time/full-times and over/unders etc., but frankly I think we stand a good chance against a Spurs side that laboured against Fulham and who've struggled to score all season. So I'm just going to plonk for a home win.

Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao became the first side to beat Barcelona this season in La Liga at the weekend. Whilst they aren't quite as impressive away from the San Mames as they are at home, I'm still going for them to beat an inconsistent Sevilla side.

  • Sunderland to beat Spurs - 7/2 - £2.50
  • Athletic Bilbao to beat Sevilla - 11/5 - £2.50

Luke Bowley

Like Nick I have a really good feeling about this weekend's game. Spurs don't look good enough this season, and if Sunderland can match the intensity of the Chelsea game, then the North London side are there for the taking.

Elsewhere, in Germany Hertha Berlin are at good odds to beat bottom of the table Braunschweig, so I'll plump for them.

  • Sunderland to beat Spurs - 15/4 - £3 stake
  • Hertha Berlin to beat Braunschweig - 6/5 - £10 stake

Stephen Goldsmith

Alright, alright, the hiatus is over and only Simon has capitalised on my absence. Rubbish, the lot of you! Like all of the above I really fancy us to beat Spurs now, you do realise we're probably losing our minds, right? I suppose having something to believe in, and thus making us think positively is a far stretch from where we were by the time of Di Canio's departure - and that can only be a good thing.

Elsewhere (my favourite bulletin buzzword) I sense that Man Utd will give them lot eleven miles up the road a good spanking in Salford this weekend. This is not a prediction of some sort of wishful thinking either; I guess I just can't envisage Man Yoo losing and sending the whole world into further meltdown. I can't bear the though of Tabloid Tommy going into overdrive about it, I really can't.

  • Sunderland to beat Spurs - 15/4 - £5 stake
  • Man Utd to beat Nucarstle 3-0 - 57/5 - £3 stake

David Boyle

Following Wednesday night's open contest I'm predicting a similar style of game come Saturday evening with both sides eager to get forward whenever possible. With this in mind one bet caught my eye which see's 4/1 for both teams to score in the first half and looks to be worth a punt.

Away from the Stadium of Light I believe that the odds for Southampton to overcome Manchester City at 4/1 are a little too big. City's away form this season has been well documented and they survived a bit of a scare midweek at The Hawthornes. Southampton will also be eager to set the record straight following a surprise defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. At 4/1 The Saints have to be worth a quid or two.

  • Both Sunderland and Spurs to score in the first half - 4/1 - £2.50 Stake
  • Southampton to beat Manchester City - 4/1 - £2.50 Stake

Simon Walsh

Not seeing a whole load of value in our game in all honesty, but I am confident that we can pick something up. It's a good time to play Spurs with AVB on the rocks and Poyet having us playing good football. I think we'll win. Honestly couldn't say what I think the score will be, as us to win at 7/2 is handy.

Elsewhere I'm sticking with the Premier League and think despite midweek defeats, West Brom and Fulham did enough to look like winners this weekend. Like Dave, I fancy Southampton against Manchester City too. That returns one hell of a tasty treble.

  • Sunderland to beat Spurs - 7/2 - £5 Stake
  • Fulham, West Brom & Southampton all to win - 23/1 - £5 Stake
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