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Roker Riches: What footy games are the RR lads betting on this weekend?

With the Papa John’s Trophy final booked and our ownership change complete, let’s get back down to earth with our Riches betting predictions...

Roker Riches 20/21

Welcome to another Roker Riches installment in what has to go down as a cracking week for our club, with a trip to Wembley secured and our new owner confirmed, at last.

Welcome to our club Kyril! We really do hope our future together is both successful and enjoyable for all related to SAFC.

While that is great news for all red and white fans, there is a fair chance that a loss to Burton will follow all that euphoria, as we all know that would be “so Sunderland”.

What do our betting buddies think will be worth a few quid this weekend? Let’s take a look.


The Rolling Table: Season 2020-2021

Yellow card update...

No yellows this week again. The lads are clearly so glued to their phones with everything going off this week that the reminders stuck and all bets were lodged in time.

Much more of this good behaviour and we may have to find another way to take coinage from our punters.

Here is the table as it stands before the Lads take on our favourite opponents, Burton Albion.

Only one minor winner last week as can be seen in the above table, although Paul Fletcher was denied a lovely £200 or so by the back of Burge’s head! Paul called our Donnie win 4-0, and it ended 4-1 courtesy of the post and Burge’s bonce. Unlucky Paul, that would have pushed you right up to second, but... er... it didn’t.


Banker’s Bonus...

The game against Doncaster was very successfully executed at the start of a momentous week, and we limited them to only one goal conceded. In truth, that was an OG off the back of Burge’s head after a shot which hit the post, so if the score had wandered up to 4-2 we may have honoured this one.

As a result of that and the great 4 goals scored by Chazza, a crisp £10 bonus from the banker is allocated to all punters this weekend for a “nearly clean sheet”.

No Bankers Bonus offering will be out there for the Burton game, but hopefully the punters will all make a killing off the extra pound coins they can invest below.


This Week’s Bets:

Matty Crichton says...

Sunderland to win & both teams to score: I am confident Lee Johnson’s side will leave the Pirelli Stadium with all three points, but given our defensive injury crisis I would not be surprised if we conceded. £5 returns £20.

English fourfold: Josh Maja to fire Fulham to three points against Sheffield United, Norwich to beat struggling Rotherham, on-form MK Dons to beat managerless Northampton, and Posh to beat George Dobson’s Wimbledon. £5 returns £44.77.

Bankers Bonus - think I’ll have a tenner on Wyke to be first goal scorer for this one. My bonus tenner returns a tasty £50 if he carries on his scoring and is the first to do so. Decent bet that.


Gary Morris says...

Sunderland to win by more than 3 goals, with Wyke and McGeady both notching a goal...why not, these 2 lads are on fire. Fiver returns £60.

Six of the best (I hope)... wins for Sunderland, Posh, MK Dons and Lincoln in our league, as well as for Chelsea and Liverpool in the top flight. At odds over 16/1, this returns £99.36 for my fiver bet.

Bankers bonus - in honour of Burge’s resurgence I think a clean sheet win is worth a dabble. Tenner returns £27.50


Phil Butler says...

Sunderland : I’m trying not to be completely daft here with my Sunderland bet and have resisted the urge to stick some money on a Charlie Wyke hat trick at 22/1, tempting as it may be. Instead, I’m keeping Burton Albion’s strong defensive record under Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink in mind and and back the Sunderland number nine to score two or more at 9/2. £5 returns £27.50.

EFL Treble: Despite not getting a winner last week, I’m sticking to the plan that has served me quite well so far and going for another £5 treble for my main bet this week. In the championship, I’ve gone for Swansea to win away at Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday to win at home to Birmingham City while in league one I’m backing Oxford United to take all three points home from Portman Road. £5 returns £52.89.

Banker’s Bonus - Sunday Treble: For my extra bet this week I’ve gone for an ecclective mix of clubs both home and abroad to keep my Sunday interesting. A win for Watford’s B team aka. Udinese against struggling Parma in the 11:30 kick off will get the day started nicely, before the vegans at Forest Green dispatch Newport at one o’clock and RB Leipzig win against Hertha Berlin at half two for a happy Sunday indeed. Alternatively, Udinese get beat and I don’t bother watching the other games, we’ll see. £10 returns £85.42.

Sunderland v Lincoln City - Papa John’s Trophy
Big Chaz and his prolific head. Love it Charlie lad.
Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Paul Fletcher says...

Sunderland to win 4-0 - All of my instincts are telling me that this is going to be a nil-nil draw or that Burton are going to sneak a 1-0 win. After the best week in the club’s recent history, we could be brought back down to earth with a bump. I don’t have to tell you about our recent record against Burton or remind you that they have turned their form around dramatically and are no longer looking nailed on for relegation. Burton will be well up for it but will our players have enough left in the tank to make it three wins in a row? I’m not confident but I’ve decided to back Sunderland to win 4-0 from now until the end of the season because it’s my only hope of catching Phil. £5 returns £145

Saturday Fourfold - Norwich, Peterborough, Cheltenham and Wrexham to win. I’ve randomly picked one team from each division from the Championship down to the National League. They should all win but I’m sure one, two, three or possibly all of them will let me down. Odds of better than 10/1 if it miraculously comes in though. £5 returns £58.50

Banker’s Bonus: Sunday Win and BTTS Trixie - This is as about as unlikely to happen as a goalkeeper scoring an own goal and saving two penalties in the same game. But it’s worth a shot. The four teams that I’ve selected to win tomorrow despite conceding a goal are Brondby, Atalanta, RB Leipzig and Young Boys. Three out of four should net me in the region of 50 quid, which I wouldn’t complain about... However if I can pull off four out of four this £10 bet returns £495.

Wrexham v Woking - Vanarama National League
Can Wrexham help wrap up Paul’s 4 way?
Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images

Malc Dugdale says...

Sunderland to win 3-0 and Wyke to score first - this gives great odds of 25-1 on SkyBet so is definitely worth a fiver given the goals we are getting and the clinical manner in which Chaz is firing. Returns £130 if it comes home.

Champ treble - Swansea, Cardiff and Millwall all to build on their recent winning streaks. These guys are all unbeaten in the last 5 games and have won at least the last three each, so hopefully that carries on. Fiver returns £34.80 including stake if I’m right.

Bankers bonus - treble drawcast - I’m calling that all of the following will be drawn, bit like the old pools coupon your Nana used to do. If the Swindon, Rochdale and Fleetwood games all come in as draws this has odds of almost 40-1, returning £409.50 for my bonus tenner. Bring it on!


Danny Roberts says...

Sunderland to win and keep a clean sheet. I’m feeling enthusiastic over all things Sunderland currently so why not eh. £5 returns £13.75.

Sunderland v Lincoln City - Papa John’s Trophy
Burge helping the lads to Wembley. Can he keep a clean sheet and help Danny?
Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Four Fold: Burnley, Fulham, Millwall and Peterborough all to pick up 3 points. £15 returns £196.47 (including the tenner for bankers bonus in the wager).


Riches Readers’ Random Pick...

Sunderland to win and both teams to score - our random readers bet this week is offering a decent 10/3, and the defensive injuries make both teams scoring more likely right now. This is returning a nice £86.67 for the Readers £20, if correct.


Good luck to Sunderland and to all our betting buddies, and also to Kyril with our new journey back up the leagues which hopefully starts this weekend.

Let us know what you will be betting on this weekend, on social media or by email.

Cheers and Ha’way the Lads!