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The Dafabet Roker Riches: Week #20 - One Horse Race

For ill-informed, hopeless and quite frankly pathetic betting tips, read ahead!

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Only one person won a bet last week - Danny had a fiver on Troy Deeney to score anytime against Sunderland, with the Watford captain notching one from the penalty spot.

Rory makes back a tenner because Younes Kaboul didn't play, meaning his bet was voided. Likewise, Danny makes back a fiver as Jermain Defoe also didn't get on the pitch against Watford.

We are awful.

Week #19 Table:


Last Week's Profit/Loss

Current Balance

@GRokerReport - £25.00 £31.76
@FunkyPhallus - £10.00 - £6.85
@RoryFallow - £5.00 £104.50
@DJRoberts22 + 1.00 £42.49
@SAFCSource - £20.00 - £38.00

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Here are this week's picks from the Roker Report writers - for most of the lads they are venturing into murky waters, but a big win could put someone right up there with Rory at the top of the table.


There's nothing really jumping out to me from the FA Cup Final. Given Man United's penchant for boring the public to tears, I'll take a punt on this game finishing 0-0 inside the ninety minutes. The odds are 13/2 and I'll have £10 on it which gives me a potential return of £75.

It's not just the FA Cup final on Saturday, either. In Italy, AC Milan take on Juventus in the final of the Coppa Italia. Juventus to score in both halves is 2/1 and given they scored seventy-five goals in Serie A this season, it seems like a decent bet especially given how much higher Juve finished than Milan in the final table. I'll still extend some caution though and have £5 on it. Hopefully it comes in and keeps my nice overall return ticking over.


Man Utd v Crystal Palace - game to finish 0-0 after 90 minutes: 13/2 - £10

Juventus to score in both halves v AC Milan: 2/1 - £5

Man Utd to win and Over 2.5 goals NOW 3/1 (was 11/5)


I tried a couple of hail marys last week and one would have come off if not for Kevin Friend disallowing two goals, which prevented a 4-2 away win at Watford. I still lost though, so this week I will go for a couple of safer results. Starting with the FA Cup Final. Normally I would want the underdog to win the cup final but - for obvious reasons - I don't like Crystal Palace's manager tand I'm hoping for a Man Utd win, thankfully I actually think they will win. Although it won't be a high-scoring affair, I can see United winning the game but the counter-attacking of Palace will cause some problems.

Anzhi are no longer the team they were when they burst onto the scene a few years ago, when the likes of Willian and Samuel Eto'o played for them. Since getting into financial difficulties which saw their big name players depart, the Dagestan club have been relegated and then promoted back into the top flight at the first attempt. Despite coming straight back up, Anzhi are currently in the relegation play-off zone after 29 games. In contrast, their opponents on Saturday are mid-table, nine points clear of the visitors. You would think that would make Krylia favourites to win at home but Anzhi are currently odds-on to win this game, so I am going to hope the bookies have it wrong and go for a home win.


Manchester United to win 2-1: 8/1 - £5

Krylia to win: 10/3 - £5

Wayne Rooney to score the first goal NOW 13/2 (was 5/1)


Well, I've made a right pigs ear of this. My FA cup bet will use the last of my money and I'll go into minus figures for the first time for the second selection.

So, the FA cup - short and sweet. I think Manchester United will lift the cup, but given the teams involved here I think it will start a pretty poor game and they'll go in at half time 0-0. So, I'll take half time goals to be less than 0.5.

For my second selection, I'm off to the MLS, and will be going for a double with fifteen quid that I don't actually have.

New York City welcome local rivals New York Red Bulls and frankly, only one team look with it at the moment. New York City can boast players like Pirlo, Villa and Lampard - and they look the part. Sitting second in the Eastern league, I think they'll see off the Red Bulls with relative ease, and are a great price too. I'm also taking LA Galaxy in their Monday home fixture with a San Jose Earthquakes side who are yet to win on the road. LA Galaxy have a side featuring the likes of Steven Gerrard, Dos Santos, Robbie Keane, Ashley Cole and Nigel De Jong. They've lost just once this season. This bet should be, as the Americans say, child's play.


FA Cup Final - Less than 0.5 first half goals @ 7/5: £6.85 stake returns £16.44

MLS Double - New York City to win (13/10) & LA Galaxy to win (4/9) @2.32/1: £15 stake returns £49.82

Man Utd to win and both teams to score NOW 17/4 (was 7/2)


Dafabet are offering evens for the first goal in the FA Cup Final to come AFTER the thirtieth minute, so I'll have a dabble on that. £20 on it might seem a daft risk but at this stage I have nothing to lose, really.

The Scottish FA Cup final is also this weekend, and Rangers are evens to take home the trophy. Another £20 on that sends me into minus figures if I don't win anything this weekend - unbelievable really considering at one stage I was on almost £200.


First goal in the FA Cup final to come after the 30th minute: £20 @ Evens

Rangers to beat Hibs in the Scottish FA Cup Final: £20 @ Evens

Anthony Martial to score the first goal NOW 6/1 (was 9/2)


So, the FA Cup is this weekend and, thankfully, there isn’t a game for the lads to bet on so I might win something now I have my Sunderland-tinted glasses off. My tip for the final is, making use of Dafabet’s price boost, Manchester United to win, and both teams to score. A tenner on that will see me net £52.50.

The second, again on the FA Cup, and again making use of a Dafabet offer is Martial to score the first goal. Another tenner bet will see have a £70 return.      .       .


BTTS & Manchester United to win: £10 at 3/1

Anthony Martial to score first goal: £10 at 6/1

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