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Roker Riches: Week #6 - Bunch Of Losers

This week was a disaster - not just for our pundits but for Sunderland. Can we bounce back together?

For the first time in the series we all failed to win a single bet between us. Good going, eh?

That of course means that Chris remains in the lead on a healthy balance of £90. Everyone will be looking to get back on track this week and we face the unenviable task of trying to bet on a Sunderland game.

Joining us this week is our Podcast host Damian. He's starting on fifty quid to make things fair.

Week Five Table:

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
@Gav1879 - £15 £70.96
@RoryFallow - £20 £55
@SAFCSource - £10 £63
@DGP202 - £8 £48.85
@ChrisSavedLatin - £10 £90
@Rastrentish N/A £50

Make sure you head over to the Dafabet website and check out their price-boosts for all of this weekend's football! This week's tips from the pundits are below - feel free to pinch our bets and nab the credit when you have won a load of cash.


Betting on Sunderland feels like a waste of time at the minute, so I'm only going to lose two quid this week when we inevitably lose away at Spurs.

I'm taking a risk with my other bet as a result though. I'm going for a high stakes, high risk treble that will net me some nice profit if it comes in. A treble of wins for Manchester City, Leicester (buoyed by their midweek Champions League win) and Newcastle returns £58.36 off of £20.


Sunderland to win: 9/1 - £2

Man City, Leicester & Newcastle all to win: £20 returns £58.36


Well my winning streak is over and it's back to having a lower stake to play with. I'm not confident at all about Sunday's game away to Tottenham but I don't like betting against Sunderland. Odds of 9/1 just for us to win tells you everything but I'll take a punt on it due to the high odds. I'll have £5 on it which would be a profit of £45.

Before we take on Spurs, Watford host Manchester United at 12 o'clock. Etienne Capoue has enjoyed a fine start to the season after arriving in the summer and I'm backing him to score anytime. Another fiver returns a modest overall return of £26.25 but I'm just thinking about getting back to winning ways this weekend.


Sunderland to beat Spurs: 9/1 - £5

Etienne Capoue to score at anytime: £5 - £26.25


After our complete collapse at home to Everton at Monday, we could do with an easier game than Spurs away this weekend, particularly after they lost at "home" in the Champions League during mid-week. Unfortunately Spurs it is and we're likely to be up against it from the off and I can't really see us sneaking the win considering that performance against Everton, so I'll go for a very hard thought nil-nil.

Man City have been in imperious form so far this season and should be able to brush aside a Bournemouth side who have had a mixed start to the season. Bournemouth to pull off a shock upset and win to nil was tempting at 18/1 but I can only go for a home win, I'm guessing City will have a slight hangover from their Champions League game but only enough to delay the inevitable.


Sunderland/Tottenham to finish 0-0: 14/1 - £5

HT/FT: Draw/Man City: 3/1 - £5


I don’t know why I keep doing this. It doesn’t work. But I will not be deterred until one of these cash in. Yet again, I’m taking advantage of Dafabet’s Acca Insurance – or Dafabet is taking advantage of me – and putting on a fivefold acca. The teams I need to win are Everton, Barcelona, Dortmund, Bayern, and Man City. Surely. This time. Please.

I won’t lie to you. That second-half performance against Everton on Monday made me want to be sick in my own mouth. It was beyond horrific. With that in mind, this is the first time I’m going to bet against the Lads in my life. I’ve gone for Spurs to win and BTTS. It’s only taken a month for the Lads to make me hate football again. It’s almost impressive really.


Fivefold Acca: £10 returns £31.94

Spurs to win and BTTS: £3 returns £9.60


Last week was the first time I didn’t win either of my bets, largely thanks to Jermain Defoe missing a great chance in the first-half, but never mind. I’m not changing my tactics yet, with another £10 worth of bets being placed this week again.

I keep backing Defoe to score again on Sunday, with Dafabet offering a price boost of 28/1 for the striker to bag two or more against his former club. Yes, it is very unlikely Sunderland and Defoe will score two against Spurs following our horror show on Monday evening, however, Defoe has a superb goal scoring record away from home.

Elsewhere I’m going for Manchester City to beat Bournemouth under 2.5 goals at 3/1. City are scoring goals for fun, but I can see Bournemouth making life tough for the men in sky blue.


Jermain Defoe to score two or more: 28/1 - £5 returns £140

Manchester City to defeat Bournemouth under 2.5 goals: 3/1 - £5 returns £15


Being the glutton for punishment that I am I’ve laid down a fiver on Sunderland to somehow, unaccountably, pinch a winner at White Hart Lane this week. For all their relative success so far this season Spurs have a particular style of play that can be cracked open like an egg, if a team with the right mind set and midfield gives it their all. Count on Defoe to score against his former team.

Elsewhere I predict West Ham's miserable run of form to continue, albeit with a draw against the titans of West Bromwich Albion. The Irons have a few bits of quality in the fire (weey) but for all their squad depth the team looks disillusioned. If Slavan Bilic continues to use Antonio at RB they will again be left open to counter attacks and their defence has looked shaky since they let Tomkins go. That said – as per usual I hope McClean's legs get snapped but Dafabet doesn’t allow such a flutter.


Sunderland to win: 9/1 - £5

West Ham & WBA to draw: 3/1 - £5

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