We came close to having our biggest ever winner in Roker Riches history during the international break - Chris Sparks' acca of Croatia, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Estonia, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, England, Germany, Northern Ireland and Scotland all to win fell just short when Gordon Strachan's men failed to get more than a draw at home to Lithuania.
That win would have brought Chris almost £750, an amount which would have surely seen him sore into the lead at such an early stage in the competition. Never mind though, eh - where's the fun in winning anyways? This competition has been built upon being absolutely awful at betting and its only natural that we continue in that manner.
Week Nine Table:
|Pundit||Last Week's Profit/Loss||Current Balance|
|@DJRoberts22||+ £11.20||- £17.80|
If you're daft enough to follow any of our tips then head over to the Dafabet website to check out their usual price boosts and take advantage ahead of this weekend's football.
On to this week's picks!
As a Mackem living in Edinburgh I took Scotland’s pathetic draw personally and will not be satisfied until every Scot I pass on the street reimburses me for the £750 they shafted out of me last weekend. I should be running away with this feature, that 12-fold was a blinder of a bet.
That being said, this weekend is a new chapter and we’re back to jolly old Sunderland, oh how I’ve missed them. I’m backing the lads for a narrow 1-0 victory this weekend at a price boost of 11/1, with £3 returning £36 if David Moyes’ men can register their first win of the season.
Elsewhere I’m going for a five-fold accumulator, backing favourites across the board, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle, Man City and Spurs all needing to win.
Sunderland to win 1-0: 11/1 - £3 returns £36
Arsenal, Newcastle, Spurs, Chelsea and Man City to win: £7 returns £55.30
Damian, withered by recent defeat has withdrawn to a quiet place in his mind to meditate upon the future of his coffers and indeed his stake in this game. To this effect he has empowered me, Chancellor of Bookies, to leave you with a sorry attempt at both gambling and prayer with a tenner whacked down desperately for Sunderland to win by a two goal deficit this weekend and also, this message - 'Wey it's all just fucked isn't it?'
Sunderland to win by two goals or more: £10 - 13/2
My first bet this week is for Stoke to beat the lads. We're both terrible, but I'll hazard a guess that we're a bit more shit, so a fiver at evens it is.
My second bet will be Rochdale to beat Bury at home, Sheffield United to beat Port Vale and Newcastle to beat Brentford.
Stoke to beat Sunderland: £5 - Evens
Rochdale, Sheffield United and Newcastle all to win: £5 - 4.2/1
Are we going to win? We frigging better. Jermain Defoe to score first has been price boosted to 13/2 - not bad. Five quid on that please, Mr Dafabet.
I need a big winner, and since I'm crap at this I'm going to punt on a fourfold and hope for the best. Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich and Villa all to win this weekend returns £70.42 off a tenner.
Jermain Defoe first goalscorer: 13/2 - £5
Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich, Villa all to win: £10 - £70.42
Stoke are the league's joint lowest scorers this season, so this is a great chance for Sunderland to keep their first Premier League clean sheet. It'll be a tight game and probably decided by just the odd goal, so Dafabet's priceboost of Sunderland to win 1-0 at 11/1 has caught my eye. If Jermain Defoe can put away those chances he missed last week and John O'Shea can continue reorganising our defence, this £5 bet has a chance of coming off.
The biggest game of the weekend is at Anfield, where Liverpool take on Manchester United. I fancy both teams to score here given their respective attacking threats and especially given Liverpool's penchant for conceding (they've let in more than anyone else in the top half). I think Liverpool will win and I'll go a bit more specific than just a BTTS bet. A final score of 2-1 to the hosts is a good price at 8/1 and I'll place a shiny, new, plastic £5 on it.
Sunderland to win 1-0: 11/1 - £5
Liverpool to beat Man Utd 2-1: 8/1 - £5
19th take on 20th in the Premier League this weekend as we travel to Stoke to take on Mark Hughes' team - both sides have yet to win a league game this season but while we have scored one more than our opponents and conceded three less, Stoke have one more point. I think both sides being desperate to get their first win of the season will see the teams cancelling each other out and a repeat of the result at Stoke last season is on the cards.
Monday Night Football this week should be a cracker as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool take on Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. Liverpool are the joint top scorers in the Premier League this season, Manchester United are fourth and the sides have conceded 18 between them. Despite Liverpool only being three points clear of Manchester United in the league, the home side have looked the better side so far this season and their fast paced, aggressive pressing style should cause Mourinho's team plenty of problems.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score: 14/5 - £5
Stoke/Sunderland to finish 1-1: 11/2 - £5
I honestly don’t have a clue about how the game is going to pan out on Saturday. Both teams have been awful so far this season and both teams desperately need a win. The only thing I know for sure is that both defences are leaking goals at an alarming rate. With that in mind, I have played it relatively safe and gone for BTTS. My head says BTTS to score and Stoke to win. My heart says BTTS to score and Sunderland to win. My wallet told me to stop being daft and just put BTTS. So that’s what I did.
I’m certainly not playing it safe with my other bet this week. I’ve gone for a thirteen team acca. Yes, you read that right, thirteen teams. I’m keeping everything crossed for (deep breath) Man City, Arsenal, Juve, Southampton, Norwich, Celtic, Brighton, Spurs, Barca, Atleti, Yeovil, Dortmund, and Scunthorpe this weekend.
Stoke vs Sunderland - BTTS: 3/4 - £5
Thirteen-team accumulator: £4 returns £393.64