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Roker Riches: Week #7 - We're All Backing A Sunderland Win!

Foolish? Probably.

Rory is proving to be the main tipster once again this year as he picked yet another winner, and he edges closer to Chris at the top of the table.

Similarly, Dan Parker won this week and he's not far behind him.

Danny is docked a fiver for not turning out last week, and he becomes the first pundit of this series to enter into minus figures. As we saw last year, it's often a slippery slope once you are down there.

This week our pundits are all (well, bar Andy) backing a Sunderland win. It may be blind love sending the Roker Report lads down a torturous path but should Moyes' men find their first win of the season this weekend then we are all quids in.

Week Six Table:

Pundit Last Week's Profit/Loss Current Balance
@Gav1879 - £22 £48.96
@RoryFallow + £16.25 £71.25
@SAFCSource - £10 £53
@DGP202 + £18.94 £67.79
@ChrisSavedLatin - £10 £80
@Rastrentish - £10 £40
@DJRoberts22 - £5 - £1


We have to win eventually in the League, don't we? I keep backing us to win games and it's costing me money time and time again - still, if we are going to do it then I feel that it's this weekend. Scott Dann is expected to be missing and that gives me hope that we'll score a goal or two in order to win the game. Dafabet are price boosting Sunderland to win and over 2.5 goals to 13/2, so I'm going to put £15 on that. If I lose, then I'm pretty buggered.

Elsewhere, Nice are enjoying some good form in the French league at the minute and I'm backing them to win along with their fellow high-fliers Monaco - that double returns £25.83 off a fiver.


Sunderland to win & over 2.5 goals: 13/2 - £15

Nice & Monaco both to win: £5 returns £25.83


Despite having a bad feeling about about our game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, I'm still going to remain hopeful and back a win - fingers crossed Jermain Defoe is in a goalscoring mood, because I'm backing Sunderland to win and for there to be over 2.5 goals. I'd only need a 2-1 win for this to come off, which could easily happen and £7.50 on the price boosting odds of 13/2 would return a nice £56.25

My other £7.50 is going on Southampton to beat West Ham with both teams to score. Despite their struggles of late, West Ham still haven't been bad going forward but with eight conceded in their last two, there's definitely goals in this one for Saints. The visitors haven't scored more than one goal in a game so far but only Manchester United have kept them out completely. I think this is the game they manage to bag a few and it would pocket me £35.63 including stake with odds of 15/4.


Sunderland to win & over 2.5 goals: 13/2 - £7.50

Southampton to win & BTTS: 15/4 - £7.50


We may still be looking for our first league win of the season and our first league win under David Moyes but we overcame a difficult challenge at QPR in the League Cup, despite falling behind and missing Jermain Defoe. Our goalscoring hero on Wednesday was Paddy McNair but I can't see him repeating that feat and with Kirchhoff, Cattermole and Ndong available he may not even start.

Defoe will be back however and I think he will be back with a bang.

West Ham have had a really poor start to the season, almost as bad as ours in fact, and had to rely on an injury time Dmitri Payet free kick to overcome a home tie against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup in midweek. I think their poor start will continue at home to the Saints and although they'll keep score, it won't be enough to get a point at home.


Jermain Defoe to be first goalscorer: 5/1 - £5

Southampton to win and both teams to score: 4/1 - £5


Maybe I’m still delirious after seeing McNair as the club’s joint top scorer, but I think we will win on Saturday. Not only that, I think we will score more than one goal. I’m praying that Paddy goes one better than Wednesday night and bangs in a perfect hat-trick. And I’m looking forward to seeing it live. Clearly, I need help.

I struggled to think of what to put on as my second bet this week. I said that last week’s acca would be my last fivefold for a while. The fact it actually came in made me think twice but I stayed strong and ventured down to League 1 for my flutter. I’ve been to see Oxford quite a few times since living here and I’ve been really impressed at how Michael Appleton has drilled them defensively since promotion. They have kept three clean sheets in their last three league games. I’m backing them to continue this run of shut-outs and grab a vital win too.


Oxford to win to nil vs Charlton: £4 on 11/4 returns £15

Sunderland to win and over 2.5 goals: £2 on 13/2 returns £15


Well that’s two weeks without a win now, and my luck has well and truly changed. Betting on Sunderland at the minute is tough, I’m hoping one day we will turn a corner and the sooner the better and I’m foolishly backing the lads to pull off their first win this weekend. Dafabet are offering a price boost of 9/1 for the Black Cats to beat Palace 1-0 on Saturday and I will place £5 on this.

Elsewhere I’m backing five teams and utilising Dafabet’s ‘Acca Refund’ offer. I’m hoping to see Everton, Man Utd, Man City, Spurs and Liverpool win at the weekend and will place £5 on this, with potential returns of £62.85.


Sunderland to beat Crystal Palace 1-0: 9/1 - £5

Liverpool, Everton, Spurs, Man Utd and Man City to win: £5 returns £62.85


This week I have a dilemma - I can hedge my bets with small flutters and hope that I can get some good odds to bring me level with the rest of the lads, or I can blow a tenner on two Sunderland bets.

Never much of a cautious gambler I've taken the latter option with eight quid on 5/1 odds Sunderland to win and both teams to score, because our defence is, frankly, worse than my gambling. To top that off I've got my last two quid on #TeamKone to bang in a trademark header anytime at 9/1.

Show me bullets, baby!


Sunderland to win & BTTS: £8 - 5/1

Lamine Kone to score at anytime: £2 - 9/1


I'm doing terrible currently. So I'm doing singles for the foreseeable future, in the hope this works...

We're probably going to lose, but a fiver on the lads to beat Palace on Saturday is worth the risk.

Then I'll place a tenner on Everton to beat Bournemouth at 23/10 odds.


Sunderland to win: £5 - 9/5

Everton to win: £10 - 23/10

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