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Roker Riches: Week #2 - Defoe First Goal Is The Popular Pick!

We're just one week in to this venture and Danny has lost half of his money already. Commendable.

Last week wasn't a great start for the old guard, but the newest pundits taking part in this feature both made profit with their opening Riches bets.

Gav made £19 profit after his punt on Manchester United to beat Bournemouth came in, and he ended week one at the top of the table. Dan Parker also made money with the same bet but because his stake was slightly lower, and he sits pretty in second. Chris Sparks won with his 'Manchester City to win, both teams to score' gamble, but the low amount placed means he didn't make a particularly large sum and he comes in to third place.

Everyone else lost all of their bets - Rory and Andy both chucked away a tenner, whilst Danny Roberts spunked half of his initial fifty quid up the wall and he now has a mountain to climb, good going seeing as we are in the very early stages of this year's competition.

Week One Table:

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
@Gav1879 + £19 £69
@RoryFallow - £10 £40
@SAFCSource - £10 £40
@DGP202 + £11.25 £61.25
@ChrisSavedLatin + £4.30 £54.30
@DjRoberts22 - £25 £25

All of our odds are taken from the Dafabet website - make sure you visit to check out all of their price-boosts ahead of this weekend's football.


I made a little bit of profit last week so I have some extra money to play around with this week. Nice.

Dafabet are price-boosting Adnan Januzaj to score at any time and I feel like that could be a real possibility, with the Belgian set to make his first start for Sunderland at the weekend. Five quid on that returns £25.

Elsewhere, Spurs take on Crystal Palace this weekend and Manchester City visit Stoke and a double of Tottenham (4/9) and our opponents from last week (7/10) returns £24.55 off a tenner.

If I lose both bets this week I'm still up from my initial budget, so it's not the end of the world.


Adnan Januzaj to score at anytime in the SAFC v Boro game: 4/1 - £5

Spurs & Manchester City to win: £10 returns £24.55


With both sides looking dangerous going forward, I can see there being goals when we host Middlesbrough in the Wear-Tees derby. Our lack issues in midfield could lead to our defence being breached, so I'll be surprised if we keep a clean a sheet. I still fancy us to win the game though so I'm having £5 on Sunderland to win and both teams to score at 13/2.

Staying in the Premier League, I'm going for a five fold where I back the favourites. Stoke looked wobbly against Middlesbrough so I think Manchester City will see them off in the early kick off. Liverpool looked scintillating going forward last week so they should be able to overcome Burnley. Swansea v Hull is a little unpredictable after The Tigers surprising opening day win but the home side should still come out on top. Spurs host a Crystal Palace side coming off the back of a wasteful and poor defeat at home to West Brom. Chelsea travel to Watford where you'd expect Antonio Conte's side to grind out a narrow win, at the very least. If it comes off, I'll make £57.26 off my fiver.


Sunderland to win and both teams to score: 13/2 - £5

Five Fold - Manchester City, Liverpool, Swansea, Spurs & Chelsea all to win: £5 returns £57.26


Our first home game of the season and David Moyes' first game at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland manager comes against Middlesbrough, who should prove to be difficult to break down. Boro may have been busy in the transfer market over the summer, adding the likes of Negredo, Valdes and Fischer but they aren't much stronger for it and will still have to rely on the solid defence which saw them promoted last season. That should mean we get a tight game and, with this being the first home game and as close as we can get to a derby this season, I am going to pick Fabio Borini to keep up his habit of popping up with important goals.

This will be West Ham's first ever league game in their new 'London Stadium' and Slaven Bilic will be hoping to get off to the perfect start. They face off against Bournemouth who they lost 4-3 to at home last season and while I don't expect Bournemouth to win, I can see them spoiling the party and coming away with a draw.


Fabio Borini to score anytime: 5/2 - £5

West Ham/Bouremouth to finish 1-1: 11/2 - £5


Strangely, I've backed Sunderland in both my bets this week. First, with a £3 stake, I've gone for Jermain Defoe as the first goalscorer in our Disney Derby on Sunday. The man bleeds goals and I will laugh in the face of Dafabet's Price Boost (from 5/1 to 13/2).

I've also gone for my first Dafabet Acca, comforted by their "Acca Insurance" offer. The Lads are definitely the least likely of my bets to come through - there have been two Olympics since the last time we won a game in August. However, alongside Sunderland, I've gone for wins for: Porto, Benfico, Atletico, Barcelona, Dortmund, Rangers, QPR, PSG, Roma, Ajax, Man Utd, and Liverpool. Basically, half the teams in Europe. I don't stand a chance of winning this bet but, buoyed by my whopping £11.25 profit last week, it hasn't stopped me placing a £7 stake on this monster.


Jermain Defoe to score first vs Middlesbrough: 13/2 - £3 returns £22.50

13 team Acca: £7 (definitely won't) return £597.87


Well, I was one Zlatan goal away from both bets coming in last week. I’m going to use my profit from last week in a five-fold accumulator, betting £4.30 on Swansea, Manchester United, Liverpool, West Ham and Spurs to defeat their opponents this weekend, returning £42.60.

For my all important Sunderland bet, hopefully I get this week’s right just like last week. Dafabet are offering Jermain Defoe FGS at 13/2! It’s hard to argue with those odds, especially if Jermain is in the same form as last weekend where he bagged our equaliser at the Etihad. I’m sticking £5 on him to score the first goal of the game, returning £37.50.


Liverpool, Manchester United, West Ham United, Swansea City & Tottenham Hotspur all to win: £4.30 returns £42.60

Jermain Defoe first goal scorer in the SAFC v Boro game: £5 - 13/2


I tried to be clever last week but it backfired dramatically. So, a great start there, so from now on I’m going to try and keep it simple.

Looking at Dafabet’s price boosts for the weekend, and our game in particular, the most appealing to me is btts and Sunderland to win. At 13/2, I’ll put a fiver on that and hope for a miracle.

My second bet will be another price boost, taking advantage of 12/1 odds on Everton to beat WBA 2-0 at the weekend. With Johnny Evans about to leave, and Everton’s alright start against Tottenham, I think a clean sheet and comfortable win for the Toffees is possible.


BTTS and Sunderland to win: £5 - 13/2

Everton to beat WBA 2-0: £3 - 12/1

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