Welcome to this week’s edition of Roker Riches.
The euphoria has certainly taken a step back in the last week or so. After the very acceptable 4 point haul over Easter weekend, we have then gone on to take zero points from six against Charlton and Wigan.
Will the dip in our form convince our betting marras to put their coins elsewhere? Let’s see what they think for yet another cup final weekend.
The Rolling Table: Season 2020-2021
Yellow card update...
Two yellow cards this week, for Matthew and Danny. Matthew almost managed a red but got his bets in before the officials got the card in the air, which is a good job given he only has £18 left to play with.
The table after last weekend looks like this:
As can be seen, by the time we play Accrington next Saturday, some of the lads will be down to one “all in” bet with what is left to keep playing.
Phil has a lead way more impressive than that of Hull and Posh put together, and Malc is also pretty firmly placed in the Champions league slots with over a hundy with six matches and hence three weeks or so to play with.
Only the best bookie bashes can get in the top two now (sound familiar?)
We had no luck last weekend versus Charlton in more ways than one, so no bankers bonus for the Blackpool match this Saturday lunchtime.
This week's bonus is a simple one. Just win lads. You are away to a team in decent form, and you need to win and keep winning.
Any win for the lads gets all punters an extra tenner for the Accy game next weekend.
This Week’s Bets:
Matty Crichton says...
Sunderland to win: At 2.80 Sunderland are very good odds to end Blackpool’s 15-match unbeaten run, as for once the Black Cats are not favourites. Lee Johnson must get a reaction from the players, a convincing victory on Saturday may just put our promotion bid back on track if other results go our way. £5 returns £14.00.
Goalscorer Treble: Trying something slightly different here, but these lads are all in brilliant goal-scoring form so why not? Jonson Clarke-Harris (Peterborough), Mallik Wilks (Hull, and Matty Taylor (Oxford) all to score on Saturday. £5 returns £47.67.
Luke ‘Bomber’ Davies says...
Squeaky Bum Fourfold: The business end... The run in... Squeaky Bum Time... What ever you call the end of the season run-in, the pressure is enormous! Some will thrive on it, others will wilt.
I’ve picked two of each in my fourfold: Exeter to force themselves back into the L2 Playoffs, AFC Wimbledon to turn the relegation mini-league of six into five by beating Swindon, Wycombe to be cut further adrift at the bottom of the Championship, and Hull to be the first to crack in L1.
Exeter, AFC Wimbledon, Swansea to win and Fleetwood/Draw (Double Chance) - £5 returns £66.62
SAFC Bet Builder - Let’s be honest given the last few weeks, Saturday’s game against Blackpool could be absolutely anything! So I’m using Paddy Power’s “BetBuilder” to find some value in what will end up looking like a randomly generated series of events!
Over 2.5 goals, Blackpool to score second half, McGeady anytime goalscorer. £5 returns £46.28
Phil Butler says...
Saturday Treble. With a few dead rubber games creeping into Europe’s fixture lists as we approach the end of the season, I’m going for an eclectic mix of winners in this week’s treble. Portsmouth have improved under the Cowley’s and should beat MK Dons who may be on the beach with nothing to play for, even if it is Southend or Brighton beach due to current restrictions. On the continent, I’m hoping Eintracht Frankfurt can cement their place in the top four with a win over Gladbach whilst Marseille should beat Lorient in France. £5 returns £58.50
Blackpool to win and BTTS. I hope I’m wrong, but Sunderland are a pretty shocking price considering our form and face a good side in Blackpool this weekend. Hopefully I’m chucking this fiver away, but in not it returns £35.
Paul Fletcher says...
Sunderland to win 4-0: Will today be the day? Our form, Blackpool’s form, common sense and the bookmakers odds all suggest that it won’t be. In fact, taking everything into consideration, I think that the odds of 50/1 are less than generous. I won’t be complaining at all if it comes in. £5 returns £255
National League Treble: With the higher leagues being as unpredictable as Lee Johnson’s team selection, I’m looking to the National League today and backing Wrexham, Stockport and Chesterfield all to win their games. £5 returns £27.08
Malc Dugdale says...
SAFC multicast - like others I am looking for decent odds in a Sunderland game that doesnt really offer much. I am hoping we can nick a win, so I am going for the following:
Sunderland to win, BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team @ 28/1 - fiver returns £145 on Sky Bet.
Away home away - West Ham, Wolves and Man City all to grab wins on Saturday. The Hammers and City are both away from home, so when combined with a home win for Wolves over the sorry Sheff Utd, this gives decent odds of over 5-1 on Sky Bet - fiver pays £31.60.
Danny Roberts says...
Sunderland to lose: It’s going from bad to worse this week, and I worry it’s going to get even worse. Sunderland could be set to lose three in a row in League One for the first time ever, and it’s brutal. In-form Blackpool will brush past us and we’ll be left wondering when the rot will stop. £5 returns £13.
Premier League 4 Fold: I’m gunna go for wins for West Ham, Wolves, Arsenal and Manchester United. £5 returns £45.75.
Riches Readers’ Random Pick...
The random pick this week is a score many fans would take, namely BTTS but a Sunderland win. This gives our readers odds of 11-2 on Sky Bet, bringing in a decent £65 for the readers in the table for their tenner wager.
Good luck to Sunderland and to all our fellow punters this weekend, and let’s hope our Easter weekend points return maintains and reinforces our promotion hopes.
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Cheers, and ha’way the Lads!