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Roker Riches: Week #18 - Another Sunderland Win Means More Free Money!

You know the drill - whenever Sunderland win, the banker gives us freebies. Long may it continue!

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Progress & Week #18 Table

Chris Sparks hit a new low this week - literally - when he gambled all of his remaining balance and lost, knocking him down to £0. He'll have to dip into his overdraft this week in an attempt to climb back into the game.

Andy Tomlinson's dominance continued after he netted a tidy profit of £55, making him this week's top performer. His recent form would show that he's the tipster to follow if you wanna start making money!

This Week's Bonus Prize...

If Victor Anichebe can register a solitary goal or assist this weekend down at Swansea, the banker is willing to double whatever stake each pundit places on next week's Sunderland bet. Haway Vic lad!

Writer's Picks For Gameweek #18


Well, erm…oh dear. I’m skint. This week I’m placing one huge bet to take me into my overdraft. Yack!

Sunderland to win 5/2: £100 returns £350

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield United to win: FREE £5 returns £22.20


Another win on Sunderland has put me in profit! It's only 25p but it's a profit.

With Sunderland starting to earn me some cash, I'm going to bet on them to keep that up against Swansea. We now look good going forward and Swansea are terrible defensively, so there's certainly goals in the game for The Lads. I wouldn't surprise me to see Swansea bag a goal themselves but I still think we'll win so I'll have a tenner on Sunderland to win with over 2.5 goals. The odds are 9/2 so that gives me a potential return of £55.

Over in France, Mario Balotelli's goals have fired Nice to the top of the table. They travel to third placed PSG and, despite being in first place, have huge odds just to win. They're 15/2 just to win and I definitely fancy a piece of that. PSG are coming off the back of a hard fought draw at home to Ludogorets in the Champions League so if they can almost lose that game, Nice can definitely do 'em. Ha'way Nice, don't make this £5 be misplaced and bring me back that sweet £42.50.

I'll use my free £5 acca fairly wisely and try and make a small profit. Arsenal should beat Stoke at The Emirates so that should be my safety. Burnley v Bornemouth and Hull v Crystal Palace could go either way, so I'll stick them down as draws. Moving onto Sunday, Liverpool should ease past West Ham so there's another home banker but I'll spice things up by backing Spurs to hold Manchester United to a draw. If my all Premier League five fold comes off, I'll rake in a whopping £312.55.

Sunderland to win & over 2.5 goals: £10 - 9/2

Nice to beat PSG: £5 - 15/2

Fivefold acca: FREE £5 returns £312.55


For my free £5 acca this week (cheers banker) I’ve gone for a steady eightfold. Of course, I did an eightfold last week and was just one result away from claiming £170. If only Loris Karius didn’t have crisp-packet hands, Liverpool would have won and I would have won big. I now hate Loris Karius. Moving on, the eight teams I’ve gone for are: City and Spurs in midweek next week, Chelsea, Arsenal, Galatasaray, Madrid, Bayern, and Peterborough this weekend.

I really rate Djilibodji. He still makes too many rash decisions but there is a real player there. I had a dream he scored a hat-trick against a team in white last week. If that doesn’t mean he’ll score the first goal this weekend vs Swansea, I don’t know what does. Yes, it is a stupid bet.

Papy Djilibodji to score first goal: £2 - 50/1

Eightfold Acca: FREE £5 returns £41.64


We've won three out of the last four games but we really need to pick up another three points from this game due to Swansea being bottom of the table and in awful form. Bob Bradley is already under huge pressure, with the Swans shipping goals left, right and centre and - according to reports - only the dramatic 5-4 comeback win over Crystal Palace kept him in his job. I do think we'll win this one but I am going to go with Victor Anichebe to take advantage of Swansea's frailties at the back and as he's at a price boosted 11/4 to score anytime, that seems like a good choice.

Both teams will be happy with their performance in the league so far, the visitors are 10th on 18 points and Burnley will just be happy to be outside the relegation zone. With Bournemouth in the top half of the table they have been priced up as favourites for this game but their away form this season is poor, picking up just one win away from home and conceding 13 in the process, while Burnley are much stronger at home, having picked up all but one point at Turf Moor. Due to that, I am going to go for a narrow win for the hosts.

Anichebe to score anytime: 11/4 - £8

Burnley to win 2-1: 10/1 - £5


My first bet this week will be Jermain Defoe to score the first goal, which has been once again price boosted at 6/1. You can't say no to odds like that. I'll place £3 on that.

My second bet will be Heerenveen to beat Excelsior, Besiktas to defeat Bursapor, Sheffield United to pick up a win against Swindon, And finishing with wins for Bastia and Toulouse in France against Metz and Lorient.

My £5 free acca bet will be a win for Motherwell and Rangers in Scotland, Fleetwood against Walsall, Bristol Rovers at home to Bury and finally Millwall against Shrewsbury.

Jermain Defoe to score first: £3 - 6/1

Heerenveen, Besiktas, Sheffield United, Bastia and Toulouse all to win: £5 - 10.15/1

Fivefold acca: FREE £5 - 16.71/1


Sunderland to win is 5/2 with Dafabet this weekend and that seems pretty reasonable. I'm probably tempting fate here, but I don't care - I'm placing a hopeful tenner on that.

Elsewhere I fancy a double - Dafabet have priceboosted Liverpool to win against West Ham to nil to 6/4, and that paired with an Arsenal win over Stoke returns £34.09.

For my free acca, I'm taking five teams to win - Hearts (who have a new manager), Heerenveen, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. COME ON!

Sunderland to beat Swansea: 5/2 - £10

Liverpool to win to nil & Arsenal to win v Stoke: £10 returns £34.09

Fivefold acca: FREE £5 returns £178.28

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