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Roker Riches (Wk 11): Sunderland Friday night fun, or farewell Phil?

Will Parkinson lead us to a win away at Fleetwood? Or will this be his last game in our dugout? Who’s betting which way? Let’s see...

Roker Riches 20/21

As I write this article, I honestly don’t comprehend how Phil Parkinson still has anything to do with SAFC. Jack Ross was certainly disposed for way less.

I had a 1-0 win down for the lads for the last game (I wasn’t alone), and after a decent 85 minutes, like many, I thought we were ‘home and hosed’.

Should we have been surprised by the late equaliser? Taking a step back I think we can all see the issues are not singular, so probably not.

Had Grant not scored that screamer he more than deserved in what is a real resurgent season for him, we may well have just lost a game we dominated more than most games this season.

Doncaster Rovers v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

But, looking back, the injury-time equaliser at the end of the Donnie game; the loss to MK Dons when they haven’t won away from home for over 12 months; this isn’t SAFC, this is “average league one club AFC”.

While I respect that competing at this level can be acceptable for some clubs and fans, and even a major achievement and pinnacle for others, who I both respect and wish the very best, it simply isn’t good enough for a club such as ours. With the huge fan base, one of the best stadiums and greatest facilities (including a Category One Academy) in the top three leagues let alone in this one, this situation simply isn’t acceptable.

Nobody is sure how many chances Parkinson gets to turn our form around, but suffice to say all but the most diehard ‘Phil In’ crowd are now ready for a change.

Many also feel, however, that any change in staff will be put off until the takeover is either completed, or falls apart. Myself and numerous others in the RR team are of the opinion we would be better off with a caretaker manager from now until the new man comes in.

Will the present owners do that? Course not. They are focused on one thing and this is making a tidy profit as they reduce their shareholding. Nothing seems more important to them right now than getting rid. Thankfully, that is also quite important for us fans too.

The Rolling Table Week #11: Season 2020-2021

Back to the betting.

There was only one winner this week, with Matty managing to correctly forecast the Donnie result (with a BTTS) as well as getting a winner in a League One treble. Well done Matty, hope you backed these with real cash too, as at least something nice would then come from the results we endured.

The readers bet narrowly missed this week calling a 2-1 loss for the Skunks which they scuppered by failing to score. Unlucky – as were many of us with our bets this time out.

Here is the table as we stand before the Fleetwood match – just about as miserable as the League One version for most...

Yellow card update...

Only one yellow issued this week to Gary, which means Matty’s win jumps him from bottom to mid table. Phil continues to have a commanding lead, but as we saw with Matty’s wins, a lot can change in one betting round.

Banker’s Bonus...

Many fans feel Parkinson may well have held on to all three points last time out if only he had made better use of subs, and ideally earlier in the second half.

This week, a Banker’s Bonus will be awarded if SAFC make a sub before the 65 minute mark. If this happens, an extra £10 bet will be available for all punters in the next round.

If that sub is one of the youth prospects we will DOUBLE the Bonus TWENTY QUID!

Come on Phil, show us you have learnt from last weekend’s errors. PLEASE!

This Week’s Bets:

Matty Crichton says...

Fleetwood to win BTTS. I know it’s a sin to bet against your own team, but Fleetwood are the second top scorers in League One and have won five of their last six games. I really cannot see Phil Parkinson inspiring a result. £5 returns £30.

EFL Treble. Oxford to beat struggling Swindon, Bolton to continue their great form against Southend and Wayne Rooney to pick up his first win in management when Derby host Wycombe. £5 returns £28.94.

Middlesbrough v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship
Will Rooney pick up his first managerial win?
Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images

Gary Morris says...

Sunderland to beat Fleetwood away 1-0. This will potentially give Parky a lease of life. It nearly came off last week so let’s try again. £5 pays £35 including stake, at odds of 6-1.

Crystal Palace to beat NUFC 3-0. When you aren’t getting results with your own team, small pleasures come from your rivals struggling too. Palace likely have too much for our Barcode brothers, and they tucked away Leeds 4-1 a few weeks ago. Though if the Mags can win this they will go above Palace. Fiver returns £105 at odds of 20-1.

Newcastle United v Chelsea - Premier League
Gary predicts more misery for Bruce
Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images

Phil Butler says...

Fleetwood to win. I have no idea how we’re going to play tonight, and I have no idea what the result is going to be, so this is a real stab in the dark. Odds of better than 2/1 is good value for this Sunderland side to lose away from home. £5 returns £15.50

Weekend treble. After a solid start I’ve gone a couple of weeks without one of these bets coming in, so FA Cup weekend is not coming at a great time. I’m ignoring football’s oldest cup competition to avoid being a victim of an upset, just as Sunderland were in the last round.

Sheffield United have been poor this season, but if they can’t beat West Brom they may as well get relegated now. In the Championship I’m sticking with Watford to make up for costing me last week’s treble. On Sunday I’ve pick the Sardinians Cagliari to send Spezia back home on the ferry with no points. £5 returns £57.33

Juventus v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A
Phil’s backing Cagliari to emerge victorious on Sunday
Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Paul (PJ) Fletcher says...

An own goal to be scored in tonight’s game. Phil Parkinson’s luck has run out. We’ve had the penalties, red cards and deflected goals in our favour. Now, it’s coming back around in the form of missed sitters, stonewall penalties being turned down and injury-time equalisers. The thought of a comedy own goal gifting all three points to Fleetwood isn’t too much of a stretch. £5 returns £65.

Friday treble. I’m not backing Sunderland to bring three points back from their travels tonight. However there are three other away teams in action that I reckon have winning potential. Rennes to beat Strasbourg, Lafnitz to beat Austria Vienna II and Grasshoppers to beat Wil. If it doesn’t come in, then at least I’ll get all of my disappointment out of the way before the weekend really begins. If it does, then £5 returns £48.72.

Southampton v Sunderland - Premier League
PJ reckons the ghost of Santiago Vergini will make an appearance tonight
Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Malc Dugdale says...

Sadly, I think Fleetwood will have too much for us this evening, hence I am betting on a 2-0 loss.

Hopefully this will see the back of Philip John Parkinson and have someone like Bally put in as caretaker until the latest takeover is done. The probability of the team going up is directly proportionate to the price the new owners will pay, so although people may not want to rock the boat, the present owners won’t want their profits eroded by the position at sale either.

For once I hope we do lose, as something needs to trigger his departure, and a loss to Barton and co would surely do the trick? £5 bet returns £75 at odds of 14-1 on Sky bet.

Premier League Treble - Palace, Liverpool and Man City all to win. These three teams are all playing sides they should wallop, and as an acca they bring in odds of just over 3-1. £5 bet returns £20.55 on Sky Bet. Come on you Palace!

Sunderland v Milton Keynes Dons - Sky Bet League One - Stadium of Light
Malc’s hoping Friday’s game is the last we’ll see of Parkinson
Photo by Richard Sellers/PA Images via Getty Images

Danny Roberts says...

Fleetwood to win by two goals. I just look at this game and the way both sides are playing and it just seems the result is nailed on. In what could be the final nail in Parkinson’s coffin, I feel Fleetwood will really show us up. £5 returns £40.

Championship Trio. Norwich to beat Coventry, Bournemouth to get away points against Rotherham and Bristol City to make Reading’s losing run even worse. £5 returns £46.28.

Stoke City v Norwich City - Sky Bet Championship
Danny’s backing Norwich to beat Coventry this weekend
Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

Riches Readers...

This week’s readers bets come from Jonathan Ward.

Fleetwood 1 SAFC 1 - Always a 1-1 draw for the Sunderland match. Fiver returns £30 with odds of 5-1 on Sky Bet.

Treble – Norwich, Cardiff and Watford all to win. £5 returns £27.30 with odds just under 5-1 from Sky Bet.

Good luck to SAFC, and to all our Riches readers with your bets.

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