Three winners last week - Brian made a nice £30.33 profit, whilst Danny and Andy made a massive combined NINE POUNDS PROFIT between them.
The rest of us.... less said about it, the better.
So, yeah.... not a great week admittedly for the Roker Report team. Still, everyone bar Andy is a fair amount above the initial forty pound starting mark, but losing big money this week could prove costly, especially for Rory who is in the lead as it stands.
Week #16 Table:
Last Week's Profit/Loss
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I really, really fancy us to beat Stoke. They're shipping goals for fun, conceding fourteen in their last four games, whilst we've only conceded two in our last four. I don't think we'll quite do what Liverpool, Spurs and Man City did and put four past them but I do think we'll grab a couple of goals and keep another clean sheet, as Younes Kaboul and Lamine Kone continue to look like total rocks at the back. Sunderland to win 2-0 is 11/1 and i'll place £5 on it.
Away from the Premier League, i'm going for an ambitious but brilliantly priced European treble. In La Liga, mid table Las Palmas take on relegation threatened Granada and in Serie A, Sampdoria take on 18th placed Palermo whilst potential runners up Napoli host Atalanta. Wins for Las Palmas and Sampdoria seem likely, so i'll back them and go for Atalanta to get a draw at Napoli, given the hosts erratic form lately. The odds for this treble to come off are a sky high 181/1 and i'll have a somewhat cautious £3 on it.
Sunderland to win 2-0: 11/1 - £5
Las Palmas & Sampdoria to win, Napoli v Atalanta to end in a draw: 181/1 - £3 returns £546
While our form of late has been good, despite not getting as many wins as our performances have deserved, Stoke have conceded four goals in each of their last three games. The home side are also struggling to cope with a lengthy injury list. It goes without saying that we need to win this but as the team finally climbed out of the relegation places with only three games left of the season after this game and Newcastle being at home to a possibly distracted FA Cup finalist in Crystal Palace, this game really is one where a draw may not be enough.
Thankfully I think we will against a team who look like they are on their summer holidays already but I can't see us matching Stoke's last three opponents, so to cover a few bases I'll hedge my bet and say we will get a much needed win, with the game having under 2.5 goals.
The other team in the relegation battle, Norwich, travel to the Emirates for the late kick off on Saturday hoping to spring a result and climb back out of the bottom three. As toothless as Arsenal were last weekend, I am expecting - well I say expecting, I actually mean hoping - for the home side to find their goalscoring touch against Alex Neil's team. I'm going to predict a 4-0 victory, which is available with dafabet at 9/1.
Sunderland to win and under 2.5 goals: 17/4 - £10
Arsenal to win 4-0: 9/1 - £5
A nice win last week sees me back in with a chance of winning. Watch your backs Lads!
Let's start with the Sunderland pick. I was tempted to throw some money on Defoe to score anytime. The man has been dynamite away from home and looks a sure thing. But I think we can win this so I'll resist the temptation to place cheap bet and put a decent stake on the win. I always fancy our chances against the Stoke. We're showing fight and desire while Stoke look to be on holiday.
My Second bet this week will be a double starting in the Championship. Brighton sit just outside the automatic promotion spot on goal difference. Their form has been outstanding of late. Unbeaten in 12 and scoring for fun. Derby a good team and will provide a firm challenge as they bid for a play off place themselves. But I just can't see anything other than a Brighton win on Monday Night.
Across the Channel to France for the second part of my Double. Relegation certainties Toulouse have shown a bit of fight at home, but away they've continued to struggle. They need points badly at Saint-Etienne and I don't think they'll get them. Etienne have had a solid season and look confident at home. They've still got a strong chance of qualifying for the Champions League this season and I fully expect them to push for the place.
Sunderland to beat Stoke: 17/10 - £10 returns £27
Double - Brighton to beat Derby @4/7 & St Etienne to beat Toulouse @3/4: £25 returns £68.75
We really, really need to win this weekend. The players will know it, Sam will know it.
Stoke aren't keeping the goals out, and we have had a decent little spell of keeping clean sheets - Sunderland 2-0 is 11/1 with Dafabet, so I'm placing a fiver on that. Bold, I know, but I'm confident that we can sneak a few goals and get the win away from home on Saturday.
Elsewhere, I'm going for a treble of wins against sides already relegated from the Championship. Hull face Bolton and need to win to stay in the promotion race, whilst Ipswich and Leeds have home games against MK Dons and Charlton Athletic respectively. Dafabet are offering me 3/1 for that trio, so a tenner would give a nice little return of forty English pounds.
Sunderland to beat Stoke 2-0: 14/1 - £5
Hull, Ipswich & Leeds all to win: 3/1 - £10
I keep making steady profit of about £1 each week, and while increasing my kitty is always a good thing, I want a bit more…
My Sunderland bet this week is under 1.5 goals. I think it’s going to be a tight affair, and regardless of Stoke recent form, I think it will be a one-goal game. Dafabet gives me 2/1 odds, and a £10 stake will return me £30.
My acca this week, I’m going to try something new. My first bet will be over 1.5 goals in the Southend v Bradford fixture, which should happen but, after never doing this on an acca before, it'll probably slip me up. My final two are Millwall to beat Oldham at home, the 4/6 odds alone make this a must have, and Barnsley to pick up the win against Colchester. A £10 stake will see me return £32.67, joyous.
Under 1.5 goals in Stoke v Sunderland: 2/1 - £10
Over 1.5 goals in Southend v Bradford, Millwall and Barnsley to win: 2.26/1 - £10