Progress & Week #20 Table
Last week Gav took a huge risk when placing £30 on his treble of favourites but when Chelsea, Brighton (thanks to a last minute winner) and AFC Fylde came in he raked in an impressive profit of £127, putting him well ahead of the rest and into the lead.
Danny Roberts also won his acca, bringing him a tidy amount of profit this week. Dan Parker got lucky as he took advantage of Dafabet's acca insurance, meaning he got back his fiver as Bolton were the only team on his bet that let him down.
Because Sunderland were able to keep a clean sheet, the banker's promise to double everyone's Sunderland bets comes into force this week - it might mean that some of the lads take more of a risk than usual!
This Week's Bonus Prize...
Since it's Christmas, the banker is feeling extra generous and has offered to give each writer a MYSTERY present which they can only open if Sunderland avoid defeat to Manchester United on boxing day.
As per usual you can follow all of our tips from the Roker Report writers below, and be sure to take a look at Dafabet for yourself - check out all of their priceboosts for Sunderland's game at Old Trafford this coming weekend!
Writer's Picks For Gameweek #20
Yep, I’ve reached the conclusion that I’m naff at this betting malarkey. In my quest to become the worst ever partaker in this feature, I’m placing two high stake bets in the hope of a Christmas miracle this Boxing Day!
I’m backing David Moyes to record a victory on his return to Old Trafford, with Sunderland to win under 2.5 goals at 22/1.
Elsewhere I’m taking up the Acca refund five-fold option on Dafabet placing £40 on five sides to win this Boxing Day! Fingers crossed!
Sunderland to win under 2.5 goals – 22/1 - £20 returns £460 (x2 by the banker)
Newcastle, Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea and Fleetwood to win - £40 returns £261.33
Since the banker is doubling our Sunderland stakes this week, I'm going to take a risk. I won't go too far and bet on a Sunderland win but odds of 11/2 for the game to be a draw is tempting. It's a fair price given that Manchester United are beginning to find their rhythm but we were still only beaten narrowly by Liverpool & Chelsea, so a point apiece isn't totally out of the question. I'd usually place £5 on this but with the banker doubling it, that makes £10 and a potential return of £65.
I'm looking into the price boosts for my second bet and it's Turf Moor where I'm heading. Burnley have been brilliant at home this season and I think it will be another win for them when they take on Middlesbrough. The Boro haven't exactly struggled for goals lately though so I'll have a fiver on Burnley to win over 2.5 goals, which gives me some leeway. With odds of 6/1, I could earn £35 including stake.
Sunderland v Man Utd to end a draw: £10 - 11/2 (x2 by the banker)
Burnley to win w/ over 2.5 goals: £5 - 6/1
I'm going in strong on Defoe to score anytime away at United for three reasons: 1) The banker has promised to double our stakes this week so I can put down £10/£20 fairly guilt free. 2) Dafabet have price boosted the odds from 5/2 to 16/5, and 3) It's Christmas.
For my acca this week, I'm going for Plymouth, Bolton, Brighton, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, and Chelsea. I'll stick £5 on that one.
£20 on Defoe to score anytime at 16/5 returns £42 (x2 by the banker)
£5 on a sevenfold acca returns £71.82
A difficult away game at Old Trafford up next, not really what we needed after beating Watford last week, particularly against a Manchester United side who look to be finding a bit of form. Despite that, I think we may catch United on the hop and get an early goal before succumbing to heavy pressure late on and at 14/1 for 1-1, that's my bet.
Chelsea host Bournemouth on Boxing Day in what should be a relatively straightforward win for the hosts. The visitors will also be missing one of their best defenders in Nathan Ake as he will be unavailable against his parent club, so I'm going to take a risk and hope to double my money on a Chelsea HT/FT bet.
Man Utd v Sunderland to finish 1-1: £10 - 14/1 (x2 by the banker)
Chelsea to lead at HT/FT: £50 - Evs
I have no idea on what to bet on for the Sunderland game. We're going to lose, but the odds for a United victory make it a pointless bet. I guess I'll just hope Defoe scores a consolation, and the Dafabet price boost gives me 16/5 odds. I'll place a small £3 on that because it probably won't come in.
My second bet, I hope, will do a lot better. I'll bet on a Rangers win against Inverness and in victories for both Besiktas and Antalyaspor In Turkey.
On Monday, I'll pick a Club Brugge win against Mouscron and Chelsea to continue their winning streak against Bournemouth.
Jermain Defoe to score at any time: £6 returns £25.20 (x2 by the banker)
Rangers, Besiktas, Antalyaspor, Brugge and Chelsea all to win: £10 returns £56.96
Sunderland to score first has been price-boosted to 9/2, and whilst backing us to win might seem foolish I wouldn't count against Sunderland taking the lead if we can get the ball to Jermain Defoe early in the game. I'm hoping that a fiver on that will come in and earn me a few quid in the process.
Elsewhere, I'm going for another treble - Chelsea to beat Bournemouth, Newcastle to beat Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United to beat lowly Oldham - £40 on that will net me £126.65. Haway Santa, sort me out marra!
Sunderland to score first: £10 - 9/2 (x2 by the banker)
Chelsea, Newcastle & Sheff Utd to win: £40 returns £126.65
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