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Roker Riches: Sunderland favourites to beat Lincoln at the bookies; will they meet expectations?

Lincoln are poor away from home and, as such, the bookies place Sunderland as favourites. Question is... will they meet expectations?

Danny Roberts

The State of Play

We have a new leader! With his pre-Christmas treble coming in, Gav nudges just ahead of Graham at the top of the pile, with everyone else way behind at the mid-season stage.


The Table - Week #20


Banker’s Bonus...

If Sunderland manage to beat Lincoln City, the banker will give each pundit a free five pound bet to use on whatever they want next week.


This week’s picks!

Gav is going with...

FA Cup Fourfold: Fulham, Oxford, Spurs and Liverpool all to win. The FA Cup can throw up some mad results but I feel pretty confident that these four teams will make it through to the next round. £10 returns £92.

Sunderland to win & under 2.5 goals: I fancy us to win, but it’ll be a low-scoring affair. £8 returns £35.50.

Danny Roberts is going with...

Sunderland to win: I feel daft for betting on a Phil Parkinson Sunderland to pick up a win, rather than a dull home draw, but we’ve picked up recently and hopefully this can be the start of a winning run. £5 returns £9.25.

Sixfold: Millwall, Watford, Oxford, Sheffield United, Barrow and Barcelona all to pick up wins. £10 returns £58.36.

Paul Fletcher is going with...

Sunderland to win 2-0: First home game of 2020 - I want the first clean sheet and the first win of 2020, to see us back up to the top half of the table. £5 returns £40.

Non-league treble: It’s tough to predict which teams will be taking the FA Cup seriously, so I’m avoiding it altogether and going for Woking, King’s Lynn and Bath City to all win their home games this afternoon. £7.50 returns £47.11.

Graham Falk is going with...

Sunderland to win 2-0: I’m as confident as I’ve been for weeks. Lincoln are poor away from home and don’t score many and we’ve been doing...alright. £5 returns £40.

FA Cup sixfold: Newcastle, Wolves, Watford, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Crystal Palace to win their ties over lower league opposition. £5 returns £122.89.

Matty Crichton is going with...

Chris Maguire to score first and Sunderland to win 2-1: I honestly believe we will draw the match but there is no fun in betting on that, instead I will gamble on our top scorer and penalty taker to deliver. £5 returns £41.

FA Cup Sixfold: The FA Cup always sees several underdogs triumph, but unless they field incredibly weakened teams I cannot see this bunch losing - Burnley, West Ham, Southampton, Sheffield United, Millwall and Oxford to win. £20 returns £167.60.