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Roker Riches: Week #9 - Pathetic Losers; Can We Have An International Rebound?

There's no Sunderland game this weekend, which means our pundits can't blame their poor betting form on the misfortunes of David Moyes' men.

Fourteen bets placed, fourteen bets lost. Grim.

Still, it's an international weekend and those games are often easier to bet on, so who knows, some of us might actually win something in week nine.

Week Eight Table:

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
@Gav1879 - £12 £42.79
@RoryFallow - £10 £46.25
@SAFCSource - £15 £58
@DGP202 - £11 £50.79
@ChrisSavedLatin - £15 £65
@Rastrentish - £10 £20
@DJRoberts22 - £13 - £29

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!


Aaaaah. The international break. Now let me tell you a lot of people don't believe in the international break. A lot of people are whingeing on and bitching and moaning like "Meeeh I can't be bothered with this like, it's not interesting, my clubs not playing and my country's naff so I couldn't give less of a toss." Well I'm one of those people. So I just threw my money at something random.

I believe in St Patrick's Athletic. I believe with the right mind-set, the right training, they can finally take the giant that is Wexford Youths by the throat and crush its windpipe with the fervour of a ninja and the strength of aforementioned giant. I shall wager FIVE British pounds sterling upon it. Let my dreams rest on the wings of St Patrick and their Athleticism.

What’s more: Finn Harps Bray Wanderers. So divnt gan wandering around Finn anytime soon else you’ll get a knuckle sandwich, bonnie lad. To that effect I have wagered FIVE British pounds sterling that the mighty Harps are going to win that struggle 3-0 for no reason other than I say so.


St Pats to win 2-0: 9/2 - £5
Finn Harps to win 3-0: 50/1 - £5


Well I'm still doing shit. So a treble for the first bet - Holland, France and Belgium all to pick up victories. I'll stick a tenner on that. My second bet will be another treble, with a tenner on Germany, Scotland and Northern Ireland all to win.


Holland, France and Belgium all to win: £10 at 1.12/1

Germany, Scotland and Northern Ireland all to win: £10 at 0.8/1


York City manager Jackie McNamara has promised he'll quit his job if his side lose to Braintree. Considering that his players apparently don't like him very much, I'm backing them to lose. That, coupled with a win for high-flyers Bradford against managerless strugglers Shrewsbury, gives odds of 3.14/1.

England v Malta is going to be a farce. I'll have £2 on Dafabet's price-boost for England to win 5-0.


Braintree & Bradford to win: £10 - 3.14/1

England to win 5-0: £2 - 15/2


In the last international break I was victorious with my England punt so let's hope they thrash Malta to prove me right again. Dafabet have a nice price boost of 15/2 for England to win 5-0 - a very tempting proposition. If Gareth Southgate's temporary reign starts with a resounding win, he'll be a step closer to landing the gig permanently and he'll also see me make an overall return of £51 from a £6 stake. How about that for motivation? Pin my bet slip on the dressing room wall.

I'm going to have a treble for my other selection. Hungary to beat Switzerland at home, Romania to win away in Armenia and Poland to overcome Denmark. Both Poland and Romania drew their opening games in Group E so will be eager to get up and running and the same goes for Hungary who could only manage a draw against the Faeroe Islands! They need to put that right. Four quid on this will return me £55.10 overall, not a bad earner if it comes off.


England to win 5-0 against Malta: £6 - 15/2

Hungary, Poland and Romania all the win: £4 returns £55.10


This Saturday's sees the first game for England since Sam Allardyce's departure, which means a first game in charge of the senior team for Gareth Southgate. The former 'Boro manager couldn't have asked for an easier start with a home game against Malta, with a home win priced at 1/100, The odds are overwhelmingly in England's favour for this fixture, which means it won't be easy finding a value bet for this fixture. As he's been in-form recently for Arsenal, I'll go for Theo Walcott to score late on against a tiring Maltese defence.

In Group B Switzerland had an impressive 2-0 victory over Portugal in Group B, whilst their opponents later today, Hungary,  could only manage a nil-nil draw with the Faroe Islands. The visitors should have too much for Hungary and I am backing them to keep up their 100% record in qualifying with a win to nil.


Theo Walcott to score the last goal: 15/4 - £4

Switzerland to win to nil: 12/5 - £5


International week is here and I embrace it as though it were a creepy uncle at a family event. I know I have to see it once in a while, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Anyway, I’ve gone for an acca that is, quite frankly, pathetic. Any time you put on an eightfold at £6 and only get £22.93 in return, you should have a long hard look at yourself. But that is what I’ve done and I’ve backed France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany to win.

My other bet is just as pathetic. I don’t care. I just want the chance to see Sunderland embarrass themselves again and ignore England. I’ve gone for Rashford to score anytime which should be a banker because a) he’s class and b) we’re playing a team with a population size smaller than my local ‘Spoons on a Friday night. I put £5 on at 2/5 which would leave me with a staggering £7.


Eightfold acca: £6 returns £22.93

Marcus Rashford to score anytime: £5 - 2/5


I hate international footy, it’s pointless, boring rubbish, so let’s make this short and sweet. I’m going to place two low stake bets to get this week over with, backing England to win 1-0 at 20/1 and also for a ridiculous 12-fold accumulator shown below. Don’t copy these bets, they’re naff, just like the international break.


England to win 1-0: 20/1 - £1.50

Croatia, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Estonia, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, England, Germany, Northern Ireland and Scotland all to win: £3.50 returns £749.07

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