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Roker Riches: SAFC v Birmingham City (A) Betting Preview

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Well, if this slump continues, at least Roker Riches is here to ease the pain with some cool hard cash for you, with our betting tips for this weekends game between Birmingham City and Sunderland.

We're on a bit of a losing streak ourselves, so we fully sympathise with the team, although I'd much rather the team won than we won at the bookies.

On paper, both Sunderland and Birmingham are fairly evenly matched. We're both struggling, and desperate for a win. This one could go either way, and is reflected in the odds with neither team a big favourite.

That said, we're on a slump, and we've singled out some of our top tips to help you through the weekend...

Looking at the form, and the stats, this would suggest to anyone and everyone that we are going to get beat. Birmingham City at home however, not all that hot. Our away record - 3W 6D 7L isn't too disimilar to Birmingham's home record - 5W 6D 4L. Yes, there is slightly better, but we'll put that down to home advantage.

Goals wise, we're also not too badly matched. Us away from home - F15 A26 whilst Birmingham at home F16 A19

All in all, I think this is going to be a very tight game. If anything Birmingham have the slight advantage. This is reflected in the odds on the game, as Birmingham sit at 11/10 for the win, whilst ourselves a slightly longer shot at 2/1,

I can't see this being a goal-fest by any stretch. That said, this section is where the head rules the heart, and I'm going for a home win. At odds of 9/1, a 2-0 win for the hosts seems quite likely, and will also net you a decent return if our shambolic displays continue.

A couple of collapses show decent value too, if you see a repeat of the weekend in the HT/FT betting. Sunderland/Draw comes in at 12/1 whilst Sunderland/Birmingham comes in at 25/1.

If you're ever the optimist, then you can get the afore mentioned 2/1 on us to win, or 15/2 for us to win 1-0.

Roker Report's Best Bet: Birmingham City to win 2-0 at 9/1

Something else to keep your eye on this game will be the referee - Phil Dowd. Dowd has given over 120 yellow cards this season, and 10 reds through 33 games. also of those cards, he seems to awards nearly twice as many to the away team over the home team... It's been a while since Lee Cattermole got sent off, and I suspect another abject performance might get the better of him. Look out for odds on that.

Whatever you're on though, good luck, and bet responsibly.

All odds courtest of BetFred.com