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Roker Riches: Week #4 - International Love

Sunderland don't play this weekend but there are plenty of international and lower league games to bet on.

Week three was a pretty successful one for our pundits, with all but two of them winning some money.

Gav kept up his good form by making another nice bit of profit, putting him on £105.96. He's won in each of the last three weeks and is surely due a dry spell.

Rory and Andy both made dough from Sunderland drawing 1-1 with Southampton last weekend and are now able to spend some profit - unfortunately for Dan Parker and Danny Roberts though, they sit below the initial £50 mark and, particularly in the case of Danny, they need to start winning if they are to stand a chance of keeping pace with the rest.

Chris Sparks made a profit of £47 after he placed a tenner on Jermain Defoe to score first in Sunderland's draw down on the south coast, taking advantage of those Dafabet price boosts and putting himself into second in the process.

Week Three Table:

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
@Gav1879 + £27.41 £105.96
@RoryFallow + £25 £55
@SAFCSource + £25 £60
@DGP202 - £8 £43.25
@ChrisSavedLatin + £47 £92
@DjRoberts22 - £8 £9

Make sure you head over to the Dafabet website and check out their price-boosts for all of this weekend's international 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.


England play this weekend and although I don't really care very much about what happens, I still fancy them to win - and new manager Sam Allardyce has made a big deal out of Wayne Rooney in the last few days as he looks to build his England side around playing the Manchester United forward in a more deep-attacking midfield role. England to win is just evens but it seems a canny price all things considered, and that paired with an Iceland win away at Ukraine returns £95 off a tenner.

Elsewhere, Bolton are top of League One and face Phil Brown's Southend United. Mansfield - the top side of League Two - take on Cambridge United and pairing the two league leaders to win returns £38 off a tenner.


England & Iceland both to win: £10 returns £95

Bolton and Mansfield to win: £10 returns £38


I'm finally off the mark! Jordan Pickford's error meant my bet of us to draw 1-1 with Southampton came off and my balance looks a bit healthier.

I'll take the stake that I regained last week and add it to the fiver I would have placed on the England game, meaning I've got £10 to play with here. I quite fancy England to grind out a win away to Slovakia, so I'll take them to win under 2.5 goals. Odds of 5/2 mean I have a potential return of £35.

In other World Cup qualifying action, I'm backing three away wins. Italy to win in Israel, Northern Ireland to beat Czech Republic and Poland to overcome Kazakstan. The Northern Ireland selection is probably the tricky one but it boosts the potential winnings nicely as £5 could earn me £62.50.


England to win under 2.5 goals: 5/2 - £10

Italy, Northern Ireland and Poland all to win: £5 returns £62.50


This will be Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of England since he left us in the lurch and he will be desperate to get off to a good start. He will also want to show that he's a better football manager than his reputation suggests but I think that will come further down the line. With this being his first game I expect us to win but more importantly for this column, I expect us to win to nil, as he will want a clean sheet in his first game almost as much as he'll want to win.

We may only be five games into the League Two season but Mansfield are 5th with 10 points and Cambridge are bottom with just two. Which makes it odd that Mansfield don't come into this home game as odds-on favourites, as they are 23/20 to win the game and Cambridge are 23/10. Hopefully I can take advantage of those odds by predicting a relatively comfortable home win.


England to win to nil: 9/5 - £10

Mansfield HT/FT: 12/5 - £5


I hate international week. I hate it even more after the shower of shite that was England at Euro 2016. I like Big Sam though, and I trust that England will win when it doesn’t really matter. So I’ve put £10 on the useless bastards winning away at Slovakia.

I’ve also bet on Wales to beat Moldova and there to be over 2.5 goals in the game. Wales will surely be flying after their impressive Euro display and Bale should tear the Moldovians (is that a word?) apart.


England to win against Slovakia: Evens - £10

Wales to win and there to be 2.5 goals: 6/5 - £3 returns £6.60


Well I won my last bet thanks to Defoe, but now we’re into the dreaded international break. I don’t enjoy international football, so my betting around it isn’t exactly going to be the best. I’m gonna put two low stake bets on so I don’t lose all of my hard earned cash, starting with Wales to beat Moldova 4-0 at 10/1. I don’t really care about these friendlies but it’ll be interesting to see how Big Sam does in his first England match. I’m going to bet on a Slovakia win just simply for the odds at 3/1. Now let’s get back to the proper football next week yeah?


Wales 4-0 Moldova: 10/1 - £1

Slovakia to beat England: 3/1 - £2


Erm I'm terrible at this betting lark, so I'll be keeping it real simple this week in the hope of getting at least a profit. First off, a tenner on England to beat Slovakia, with Sam picking up his first win as The national team manager.

My second will be a fiver on Scotland, Denmark and Poland all to pick up wins against easy international opposition.


England to beat Slovakia: Evens - £10

Denmark, Poland and Scotland all to win: 1.86/1 £5

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