For those who feel cup games mean nothing, and we should focus on the league, WHAT A GREAT WEEK!
2 cup games, 2 cup game losses, one cup run is now over. Another blip? Are we glad to be out of the FA cup to reduce fixture build up, or is that just an excuse people will use after crashing out of the oldest competition there is? Many would say we had two very different performances, and the takeaways for the lads and the gaffer were totally different, for sure.
I doubt anyone would describe the loss to Mansfield Town as anything other than a dour, disappointing and unacceptable run out, where we failed to convert chances and ultimately deserved little more than we got. The performances of so many so-called first team players was simply not good enough for the bulk of the game, and only one or two players came away with any praise. Even if you want out of the FA cup, do you want to go out like that, to a team in that run of form? No.
To follow that up with a first half as we saw at Fleetwood in the Papa John’s trophy was a sight for sore eyes, but with 3 forced subs on the left side of our defence, the solid looking rear structure was undermined repeatedly, and our lead was cancelled out soon after the oranges. Our options to change things later in the game were scuppered by the forced changes, and as quickly as you can say “wake up for the second half, Fleetwood”, we had lost again.
As was the case after the last 2-game “brain-fart”, we now need to get back into winning ways in the league. For all those people who claim the league is all that matters, this next fixture and another 30-odd like it are the “be all, and end all” (apart from the Papa John Cup... “cheesy pizza on Wembley Way” anyone?). Let’s see what we can learn from these cup outings, and kick on again against MK Dons at home.
Ha’way lads, give us something to cheer about please!
The Rolling Table Week #9: Season 2020-2021
No wins at all for any of us last weekend. Danny came closest, with one result denying him over £140 for a pretty mega-accumulator, but a loss is a loss. Unlucky Danny.
Mixed results are forecast for the lads this week, and with it being an International weekend where the lads are playing for a change, a few SAFC/International Acca options are getting a run out.
Here is the table prior to the cup game.... still only 2 members at £200 or more, and after the previous week seeing wins for most, the law of averages have sorted themselves out last Saturday.
Yellow card update...
No back chat to the Riches Ref (or late bet submissions without a fair shout) hence no yellows this week. Good job... we are “making it rain” with losses right now. Some kitties could be dead before by the end of the next transfer window, if we are not able to get some income rolling. Come on lads lets see what you reckon.
No win for the lads last weekend, and no goals for our youngsters vs Mansfield, so no extra bet. This week I am going to change it a bit in a hope we get a sneaky extra tenner somehow.
Bailey Wright has been our talisman defender for most of the season. If he makes it to the end of the game without drawing any cards, a crisp tenner bet will be available for the Riches team to recover their piggy banks.
This Week’s Bets:
Matty Crichton says...
Sunderland to win by two goals: So far in League One Parkinson’s men have been low scorers, but I think we have enough to ease past MK Dons and hopefully win 2-0. £5 returns £23.75.
EFL Fourfold: Since I am bottom of the table I really could use winning this week! Posh to beat Crewe, Portsmouth to beat Plymouth, Walsall to beat Southend and Oldham to beat Scunthorpe. £5 returns £65.95.
Gary Morris says ...
Sunderland to win 3-1: Fancy this, and the odds look pretty decent. The lads will probably make me look like a right nob and either lose or do better than this, but what the hell. Fiver pays £75 at 14-1.
Posh, Sunderland and Pompey all to win - a mix of home and away games but all games these teams should win against Crewe, MK Dons and Plymouth. Fiver pays £35.
Phil Butler says...
Sunderland to win 1-0 and Charlie Wyke to score. £5 returns £75.
Sunderland’s home games are becoming hard to find any decent bets in so I’m going for a scorecast here.
Sunderland don’t score many, but don’t concede many and are against a team they should win. Unlike last year where Sunderland’s strikers couldn’t score, Charlie Wyke is the main scorer at the moment and I’m backing him to get the only goal of the game this afternoon.
Peterborough, Cambridge Utd, Forest Green and Walsall to win. £5 returns £66.03.
Bah, it’s international week again and that means the top two divisions are out of action so I’m going for a League One and Two four-fold.
Cambridge and Peterborough are both better than even money, Forest Green are just worse and Walsall are my banker to boost the odds.
Paul (PJ) Fletcher says...
Sunderland to draw 2-2. The last time we played a bottom half team, we ended up with this scoreline and I’m not feeling any more confident about today. On paper it should be an easy win. However, with most of our defenders missing, I can’t see us keeping a clean sheet - even against a poor MK Dons side who’ve only managed four goals in six away games this season. Unless the referee gifts us the three points, we don’t seem like we’ve got the gameplan or the quality to go out there and claim them ourselves. A scrappy 2-2 is not what we want and not what the bookies are predicting so the odds are generous. £5 returns £95.
National League treble. I’ve picked three teams who have started the season well, all with home advantage against teams who are struggling at the opposite end of the table. What could go wrong? Wealdstone to beat Dover, Gloucester City to beat Bradford PA and Hungerford Town to beat Dulwich. £5 returns £30.50.
Malc Dugdale says...
My bets for this weekend...
Malta, Latvia and Germany all to win in an international treble. Fiver pays £25.10.
Sunderland to win 1-0 and Wyke to score.Phil will likely go back to type, but with hopefully at least a smattering of changes in relation to the first 45 at Fleetwood. I’ve called 2-0 elsewhere but I feel this will be how Parky gets us back to his not so convincing winning ways. Fiver pays £75 with decent 14-1 odds.
Danny Roberts says...
Sunderland to win: I think we’ll have too much for MK Dons, even with Parky’s negative tactics. £5 returns £8.50.
EFL treble: There’s not much to play with this week and I don’t want to go down the international football route. Hull, Morecambe and Walsall all look likely to get 3 points so I’ll go with that trio. £5 returns £25.20.
This week’s readers’ bets come from Andy (@podmundo). He’s gone for the following picks:
Sunderland to win 3-1 with Charlie Wyke scoring any time. £5 returns £105.
Hull, Sunderland, Forest Green, Oldham and Walsall all to win plus BTTS in the match between Plymouth and Portsmouth. £5 returns £124.90
If one of these bets were to come in it would certainly propel the readers up the table.