Roker Riches: More Joy From The Cup?

Jamie McDonald

Sunderland face another cup tie this weekend when they travel to Hull. Here's what our pundit think will happen.

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
Luke Bowley N/A £78.66
Simon Walsh -£3.00 £69.00
Stephen Goldsmith N/A £69.00
Dave Boyle -£5.00 £25.00
Nick Holden N/A £7.62
Craig Clark N/A £1.70
Karl Jones N/A £0

No-one predicted we'd get beat last week, and I should hope not given the good feeling around the club then. That positivity should continue ahead of this weekend where the club have another chance to get to a Wembley (semi) final, so let's see how that will effect this week's betting:

Simon Walsh

Here I am plundering away again. After last weekend's heroic and mentally shattering performance against City, combined with Hull having our number in recent years I'm not confident at all this weekend. I think for the sake of getting back to the top, I'm going to let the head rule the heart.

Elsewhere I'm going to stick with the FA Cup and go for four home wins.

  • Hull to beat Sunderland 2-0 - 8/1 - £2 Stake
  • Arsenal, Manchester City, Hull and Sheffield United all to win - 9/1 - £2 Stake

Luke Bowley

With Steven Fletcher unfit and out of form, and with Jozy Altidore being...well...Jozy Altidore, on loan striker Fabio Borini has finally gotten his chance to lead the line, and took his chance last week with a fine performance in the Capital One Cup Final. Borini has impressed massively this season, to the point where if he had to choose which of our loanees I'd take permanently, I'd probably pick the Italian. Yes, even over Ki. If he starts up top, expect him to get another goal at the weekend, where Sunderland should have enough to get past an under strength Hull.

Elsewhere, Barnsley are doing their usual 'flirt with relegation' in the Championship, and they have a tough home game against promotion chasing Forest. Would fancy the away side to win that one.

  • Fabio Borini to score anytime - 15/4 - £3 stake
  • Nottingham Forest to beat Barnsley - 5/4 - £10 stake

Craig Clark

We're not free scoring and Hull are without their first choice strike partnership. It's going to be tight, isn't it? I think it'll be 1-0 either way.

Elsewhere I fancy Everton to at least take Arsenal to a replay, maybe even beat them and West Brom the draw specialists to well, draw.

  • Under 0.5 goals in Sunderland v Hull - 13/2 - £2 stake
  • Everton to beat or draw with Arsenal & West Brom to draw with Man Utd - 6/1 - £5 stake
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