Just like last week, the only winner in week #5 was @GRokerReport, who saw his Arsenal, Mainz and Barnsley treble bring home a very healthy £107.62 to put him top of the pundit's table. That's three winners in three weeks - not bad at all.
Danny is now penniless, meaning he'll have to dip into his overdraft in order to cover his debts. If he doesn't start winning soon, he'll be living on the streets and eating Netto beans soon.
Not far behind him is Jim Holmes, who has just £7.12 left in the kitty. Luckily for him, work commitments mean he can't take part this week. Anyone think we should introduce fines for people dodging bets? (GH: Sorry Jim!)
It's getting desperate down the bottom - can the lads get back in the race with a big winner this weekend?
Week #5 Table:
|Pundit||Last Week's Profit/Loss||Current Balance|
It's about time we beat someone decent. It's about time we beat Man United at home. It's also about time we got a penalty. Yes, that isn't exactly sound logic but it's the best i can come up with. Sunderland to be awarded a penalty is 9/1 with Betfair so £3 returns £30 (including stake).
In the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund have been excellent under Thomas Tuchel this season after their write off of a season last year. BVB travel to strugglers Hannover 96, who haven't won a game since late November and the differing fortunes of both sides is reflected in the low odds of a 3-0 away win, with top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first.
Betfair are only offering 12/1 but it's still worth a punt given the likelihood. £5 returns £65 (including stake).
Sunderland to win a penalty in the Man Utd game: 9/1 - £3 returns £30
BVB to beat Hannover 3-0 & Aubameyang to score first: 12/1 - £5 returns £65
Following on from our improved performance against Manchester City - despite defeat - and fighting back from 2-0 down to claim a point away to Liverpool, we have another tough game where we are going to have to come away with at least a point.
I expect the improvement to continue but I'm not sure it will be enough to claim a much needed win. I see us taking the lead but, as we never look like keeping clean sheets, it wouldn't be a surprise to anyone if Man Utd equalised and that is how I think it will finish.
Burnley are third in the Championship, just two points off the top and have only lost five games in the league this season, surprisingly one was at home to Reading. Sean Dyche's team are well priced to get revenge on Saturday, as they are 2/1 to win at Reading.
Sunderland 1 - 1 Manchester United (correct score): 6/1 - £5
Burnley to win: 2/1 - £5
I'm doing well but I don't want to get too cocky. Quite often in the past I have lost money as fast as I've won it, so I'm going to try and play safe and not over-do it.
Wahbi Khazri is 7/2 to score anytime, and I feel it's coming sooner rather than later. It's worth a fiver, isn't it?
West Ham are an absolutely ridiculous price away at Norwich, with Betway pricing them at 2/1. Bare in mind that Norwich have lost their last six and sixth in the table, on the back on a confidence boosting win midweek over Liverpool, they are firm favourites in my eyes.
Wahbi Khazri to score anytime against Manchester United: 7/2 - £5 returns £22.50
West Ham to beat Norwich: 2/1 - £20 returns £60
I'm running out of money, so I'm going all or nothing - fail, and I've got nowt.
First is a two-fold double chance. Either a draw or win for West Ham and a draw or win for Stoke.
Kirchhoff and Kone are both 22/1 to score at any time. I flipped a coin and it landed on Big Jan's giant head. Gan on lad!
Double: Draw/W'Ham Win (8/13) & Draw or Stoke Win (4/5): 1.91/1 - £20 returns £58.15
Jan Kirchhoff anytime scorer: 22/1 - £1 returns £23
Hello and welcome to my finest moment as a sports journalist. Going into negative money with my 'expert betting tips' ...sensational.
I'm reaching the point where even my play-it-safe techniques are terrible as well. But, anyway, I shall persevere. My first bet this week is £5 on over 2.5 goals in our game against Manchester United on Saturday. Bet365 gives me odds of 11/10, so I'll just double my money if it comes off.
My second is of course an accumulator, because I'm so good at them. Everton are in top form and they face a not-so-good West Brom, Wigan face Oldham and should claim the victory and Elbar should collect the three points against Levante in the Spanish Primera Liga. Do I dare add more? Why not. Empoli to beat Frosinone and Ajaccio to defeat Troyes in the French Ligue 1. With odds at 9.84/1, I'll stick another fiver on.
I'm now on -£10. What a time to be alive.
Over 2.5 goals in Sunderland v Manchester United: £5 - 11/10
Everton, Wigan, Elbar, Empoli and Ajaccio all so win: £5 - 9.84/1