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Roker Riches: Week #12 - A Well Taken Gamble

Sometimes, you've got speculate to accumulate.

There were only two winning bets last week.

Danny backed West Ham to beat Sunderland but his low stake and low odds mean he's actually lost money when you factor in the other bet he placed, which lost.

Gav gambled on using his overdraft when placing one hundred nicker on Newcastle to beat Ipswich and it won, meaning he's actually made some healthy profit and surges to the top of the table.

Week Eleven Table:

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
@Gav1879 + £75 £90.79
@RoryFallow - £10 £21.25
@SAFCSource - £11 £28
@DGP202 - £10 £43.72
@ChrisSavedLatin - £10 £40
@DJRoberts22 - £8.07 £0.13

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!


I haven’t won a bet for far too long now…I’m backing Arsenal to beat us under 2.5 goals tomorrow putting £8 on it returning £30. I’m also backing Everton to beat West Ham 1-0 on Sunday at 9/1 placing £2 on the bet.


Arsenal to beat Sunderland under 2.5 goals: £8 returns £30

Everton to beat West Ham 1-0: £2 returns £20


My first bet this week, is of course, Sunderland to lose. £10 at 2/5.

My second bet is Scunthorpe to beat Swindon, Bolton to win against Port Vale and Sheffield United to pick up all three points again MK Dons. £10 at 4.24/1.


Sunderland to lose: £10 - 2/5

Scunthorpe, Sheffield United and Bolton all to win: £10 - 4.24/1


Now that I've managed to claw back a few pennies I'm keen to ensure I don't waste it all like I did after the opening week's of Roker Riches.

Having studied the trends of the particular fixture it might surprise you to find out that it's a typically low scoring game when Arsenal travel to Sunderland. I'm placing five quid on there to be under 2.5 goals in the game, which returns just £11.

Elsewhere I'm going for a treble of European wins - Nice are top of Ligue 1 and host Nantes this weekend, and they're heavy favourites to win. RB Leipzig travel to Darmstadt and they too are unbeaten, whilst I fancy Spurs to beat Leicester City at White Hart Lane. Five pounds on that pays out £25.44, which seems reasonable.


Sunderland v Arsenal - under 2.5 goals: £5 returns £11

Nice, Leipzig & Spurs all to win: £5 returns £25.44


As I said last week, backing Sunderland positively is just a waste of time. I was tempted by odds of 7/1 just for the lads to win though but I've learned my lesson. Prices for Arsenal wins aren't that great and I could do with a bit of a windfall at the moment so I'll take a punt on Patrick van Aanholt to score any time at 13/2. A cautious £4 on this returns £30 overall and let's hope it's not just a consolation goal.

Another £4 bet for me this week and this time it's Bournemouth to beat Middlesbrough with both teams to score. Bournemouth are in great form at the moment and I think they'll get the better of the Boro, despite Aitor Karanka's side playing very well last time out against Arsenal. If the Cherries gift the home side a goal but still come out on top, it'll return me £26.


Patrick Van Aanholt to score anytime: £4 - 13/2

Bournemouth to beat Boro, BTTS: £4 returns £26


Arsenal drew 0-0 at home against Middlesbrough last weekend, which was quite a surprising result considering Arsenal's recent form and Boro actually had the better chances. Our best chance this weekend will be to replicate that result, although it's extremely likely we'll try to do it by frustrating the visitors rather than taking the game to them. I don't really expect us to get anything from the game but I don't want to tip an away win, so with another 0-0 for Arsenal at 14/1, that's what I will go for.

Liverpool are 10 games unbeaten and that record is likely to extend to 11 this weekend as they visit Selhurst Park to take on Alan Pardew's team. Despite thinking an away win is probable, I think the better bet is for Christian Benteke to score against his former team. The big Belgian will be desperate to prove that Jurgen Klopp was wrong to get rid of him and you'd fancy him to do that at some point, so 13/8 for him to score anytime seems like a good value bet.


Sunderland/Arsenal to finish 0-0: 14/1 - £5

Christian Benteke to score anytime: 13/8 - £5


Another week, another failed acca attempt. But I refuse to give up. This week I’ve gone for the big three in Spain to win and Man United, Spurs, City, Liverpool, and Watford. One of these days I will either win, or learn that these don’t work out well for me.

Jermain Defoe was rested for all but the last 15 minutes of the cup game against Southampton. It is pretty depressing that he represents our one and only goal threat. Stop me if I’m dreaming too big but I think he might score consolation goal in a 4-1 hammering this weekend.


Eightfold acca: £6 returns £86.17

Defoe to score anytime: £5 - 11/5

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