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Roker Riches (Wk 10): The lads are down in the dumps - can a few successful bets cheer them up?

Any winners in the betting realm? Cos let’s face it, there’s not a lot of that on the field of late.

Roker Riches 20/21

Well, another week has passed – and another performance and result that provoke nothing but sad faces across Mackem sofas everywhere.

The only positive for Parkinson is that no-one was there to see it. If we had played like that in front of 30,000 fans – and got a result like these latest ones – Phil would have been left in no doubt how the masses felt.

After a lot of positive signs from the youngsters in the dead rubber loss to Fleetwood, we left them all out and continued to disappoint with a home loss to MK Dons.

After a somewhat spawny deflected opening goal for Max Power, we were poor.

Poor defending for the equaliser. Poor decisions to give away a penalty. We never looked like clawing back for a point, never mind a win.

It will be no real shock that none of the Roker Report team forecast a loss against a team that hadn’t won away from home since the Queen was a teenager, and the supporting bets were not much cop either.

Let’s hope the team and the readers can do better this weekend.


The Rolling Table Week #10: Season 2020-2021

With a set of losses across the board last time out, maintaining the league table is so simple my fox terrier could probably do the maths.

This is the table before this weekend’s fixtures. Only Phil is now operating at a profit, and a few of the totals are closer to £100 than the starting balance of £200.

Can the lads top up the coffers this weekend?

Yellow card update...

All the Riches lads got their bets in on time this week (just about) so no yellows. Given the balances and the football we are having to endure, even the worst of us would feel bad dishing out tenner penalties. Just wish our players didn’t give out penalties too. Eh, Max. Max?!


Banker’s Bonus...

Finally, we got something positive!

Bailey Wright didn’t get carded last weekend despite our awful performance, so we have an extra tenner bet for all. Maybe we can get the old kitties topped up...

As we have a bonus bet for this coming weekend, no bonus bet will be available for the following weekend match. Can’t be getting a reputation of being soft, can we (well, not us fans anyway).


This Week’s Bets:

Matty Crichton says...

Doncaster vs Sunderland - BTTS. Following our recent form I am fearful for Sunderland on Saturday, but with Doncaster being quite an inconsistent side I can see both teams finding the net. £5 returns £9

League One treble: Since I am sitting bottom of the table I really need to play it safe. Oxford should beat managerless Wigan, Ipswich to beat struggling Shrewsbury and Pompey to beat Crewe at home. £5 returns £35.83

Banker’s bonus: I’ll throw a tenner on Leicester to beat Liverpool, with their entire back four injured surely Klopp’s men cannot contain Vardy and co. £10 returns £36.

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
Matty doesn’t believe Liverpool can contain Vardy this weekend.
Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Gary Morris says...

Sunderland to beat Donny away 1-0 (and go on to win the league, with Wyke getting the golden boot and Parky Manager of the Year) £15 (fiver plus bonus) pays £120 including stake, at odds of 7-1.

On my account I fancy a big chance week. I am going with Villa, Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd all to win. A £5 bet returns £188.90, which will safely put me top of the table... I can’t see any of their opponents causing them issues.

Banker’s bonus: Additional tenner added to SAFC bet.

Everton v Manchester United - Premier League
Gary fancies Carlo and Ole to both pick up three points this weekend
Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images

Phil Butler says...

Doncaster to beat Sunderland and BTTS. Sunderland are on a dreadful run of form, and the once tight defence is looking leaky. I fancy us to score, probably from a penalty, but eventually fall to one of the league's better sides £5 returns £37.50

Championship treble: Bristol City, Watford and Norwich are all better than even money, and this strategy has worked for me so far. £5 returns £58.08

Banker’s bonus: BTTS 7 fold. Aston Villa, Peterborough, MK Dons, Portsmouth, Tranmere, Swansea and Stoke all to host games where both teams score. £5 returns £307.39

Sunderland v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet League One
Will we get another pen today?
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

Paul (PJ) Fletcher says...

Sunderland to lose 4-1. I think today could be the day that the wheels completely fall off. If we play the way we’ve played the last few games against poor teams, an above average team like Doncaster could make life very miserable indeed. £5 returns £255

Saturday fourfold. Aston Villa, Sevilla, Juventus and Wolfsburg to win. £5 returns £45

Banker’s bonus: Sunday win and BTTS treble - I’m backing Roma, PSV and Bodo/Glimt to all claim three points without keeping a clean sheet. £10 returns £179.23.

Sunderland v MK Dons - Sky Bet League 1
Will Rovers cause Parkinson more headaches today? Paul certainly thinks so.
Photo by Trevor Wilkinson/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Malc Dugdale says...

Sunderland to win 1-0. Let’s face it, if we do win this weekend, this will be the score.

Odds of 13-2 are offered on Sky Bet, meaning we have a lovely £37.50 coming in for a fiver outlay, if this is the right result.

Chelsea, Villa, Man Utd and Norwich all to win - some pretty short odds for these games but when combined as a four-way acca, this rolls up to nearly 10-1. £5 pays £51.65 if they all come in, and the added bonus would be a loss for both the skunks and the smoggies. Spot on.

Banker’s bonus: For this I am going for a League One “I hope it goes like this” treble - Blackpool, Gillingham and Shrewsbury all to win against rivals of ours in the race to go up, in Posh, Charlton and Ipswich. My banker’s bonus £10 returns £514.80 if this comes in, and we will hopefully gain some points on them with a win at Donnie.

Crewe Alexandra v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One
Malc’s predicting some misery for Fergie Jnr
Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images

Danny Roberts says...

Sunderland to lose: Easy one this week. Doncaster will have too much for Parky’s one dimensional football. £15 returns £43.50 (incl bonus tenner)

Five fold: Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Man United, Ipswich and Rangers all to win. £5 returns £70.84.

Banker’s bonus: tenner added to SAFC bet.

Sunderland v MK Dons - Sky Bet League 1
Danny reckons a Sunderland defeat’s inevitable today
Photo by Trevor Wikinson/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Riches Readers...

This week our readers’ bet comes in by email. Thanks to KRD72 for your interest.

“SAFC to draw 2-2 with Doncaster” - this has odds of 12-1 on Sky bet meaning a fiver brings back £65 including stake.

“Chelsea to beat NUFC 2-1 at Sid James’s Park” - this gets odds of 7-1 on Sky bet, and with the fiver bet plus the tenner banker’s bonus on this, the possible returns are £120 for our readers’ pot.

Good luck SAFC and all our Riches punters, and thanks to all our followers and readers.