Rory Fallow this week became the first person to win both of their bets since the competition began, and his huge profit of £87.50 sees him surge to the top of the leaderboard.
It was a good week for the Roker Reporters - of the four that took part, everyone won something.
Brian is docked a tenner for missing a week.
Week #12 Table:
|Last Week's Profit/Loss
Yes! Not just one win for me last week, both of my bets came off! I'll take the £10 I got back from my Antoine Greizmann/France to win bet and stick it on Jermain Defoe to score anytime against West Brom. Paddy Power is offering 11/5 so £10 would see an overall return of £32.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Bet Victor are offering 9/1 for Watford to beat Arsenal. Considering Watford recorded a recent 2-1 win at The Emirates in the FA Cup, this one is well worth a fiver. If Quique Sanchez Flores' men can once again defeat The Gunners, then I'll have an overall winnings of £50. Come on you Hornets!
Jermain Defoe to score at any time against West Brom: 11/5 - £3.50
Watford to beat Arsenal: 9/1 - £5
We may have performed better of late and may have lost just one of the last six but we only drew the last three games, despite leading in all three and we could have been all but safe if we had been able to keep a clean sheet. The late levelers against Southampton and Newcastle have really meant this game is a must win and we come up against an already safe but very inconsistent West Brom. I can't imagine a game between sides managed by Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis being full of goals but I am going to pick us to pick up all three points and finally get that much sought after clean sheet.
Palace may been in the FA Cup Semi-final have been in dreadful form in the Premier League, in fact they haven't won in the league since before Christmas. That won't change this weekend as Alan Pardew takes his team to the Boleyn Ground to take on West Ham. I'm taking the Champions League chasing home side to pick up a comfortable win and leave Palace looking over their shoulders.
Sunderland to win to nil: 9/4 - £5
West Ham to win by three or more goals: 13/2 - £5
I'll get the dreaded Sunderland bet out of the way first. I think we'll win this. We have to. But we can't keep a clean sheet for shit, so that means goals. Sunderland to win and +2.5 goals is 3/1 with 365 and I'm having some of it.
Next up is a Premier League treble. Arsenal have been poor off late and have pretty much blown their chance of winning the title, however their champions league slot could still be under threat if their form continues in failing to deliver. This is why I expect them to re-find their feet. Watford have won at the Emirates this season but I don't think they can do it again.
West Ham are in a sweet vein of form and Palace are doing a 'Pardew' just in time to risk relegation - no brainer this one with West ham to win. Last in the treble is Manchester United against Everton - both sides are hit and miss but I fancy the home team to pick up the three points.
Sunderland to win & +2.5 goals: 3/1 - £5 stake returns £20
Arsenal (1/3), West Ham (19/20), Man U (19/20) all to win: 4.07/1 - £15 stake returns £76.05
Well, I guess considering the money I lost on derby weekend a profit of £31.76 isn't bad, really.
Being wise with my money is clearly the way to go, although it's very hard when you have to place a bet on a team as unpredictable as Sunderland. That said, I really fancy us to win this weekend - £10 on that with Betway returns £21, with odds of 11/10.
Elsewhere Rotherham United are in fine form and host Leeds United this weekend, whilst down in League Two Accrington Stanley are the form side, winning their last three. They host mid-table Cambridge, and a double of Rotherham and Accrington returns £42.16 off a tenner.
Sunderland to beat WBA: 11/10 - £10
Rotherham & Accrington double: 4.21/1 - £10
My Sunderland bet this week is… uhm. Well, I have no idea really, but I think we might, hopefully, maybe, oh god please let us get a clean sheet. So with that blind faith, I’ll go for us to pick up a 1-0 win, which comes in at 11/2 and a fiver will see me wield a nice £32.50 return.
I’m going to take a risk in my first bet of my standard acca. In League One, play-off rivals Bradford and Scunthorpe face each other at Valley Parade, and with the form Bradford are in, I’m going to go for a home win – which helps up my odds. As Wigan also look almost untouchable currently, I’ll add them to pick up an away win against Shrewsbury. In League Two, it’s easy money to add champions-elect Northampton to beat struggling Notts County and in the National League, I’ll back Tranmere to beat Welling.
Sunderland to win 1-0: 11/2 - £5
Bradford, Wigan, Northampton and Tranmere to win: 6.97/1 - £10