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Roker Riches 2021-22: Sunderland set to face MK Dons - who do you fancy for first goalscorer?

After back to back wins in league and cup, the lads travel to MK Dons for our next attempt at three points. What betting slip suggestions do our riches lads have this weekend?

Photo by Will Matthews/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Roker Riches Table 2021/22 - standings pre-MK Dons away

We had a few good wins for Gair, Malc and Bomber last weekend, but no luck for the rest of the Riches team.

Gair won £50 with his first-ever bet (well done lad) while Malc’s BTTS and Sunderland win brought him in over 20 quid. Bomber’s Sunderland/Ross Stewart scores/more than 2.5 goals brought him in a bit more than Malc, but unfortunately, Bomber then neglected to get his bets in for this week’s MK Dons game on time, so he joins Danny in the yellow card club (as shown in the new column below).

As a result of that, and some punters betting more than others in round 1, we already have a spread of 45 quid between Gair in first place, and Danny in 7th.

Long way to go yet though.

Banker’s Bonus...

The Banker’s bonus for our first match didn’t come in last time out, as our ex-players pretty much failed to turn up never mind score, though we did let one in after a fortuitous rebound off the post was tucked away well by Wigan.

This week's Banker’s Bonus is nominated by Malc, who is going to MK Dons with his son and several of the RR lads. Malc and his son went last time too, and sat behind the goal to see a Gooch screamer go in the top corner to take all three points.

If any SAFC player scores for Sunderland from outside the box, including from set pieces, and we get at least a draw (ideally a win), then the banker will award an extra tenner to our punters for the next game.

This round’s bets...

Anthony Gair says...

Ross Stewart to score more than one goal

Yeah, call me optimistic, but I think against a defence like MK Dons’, Stewart could thrive. I also expect the front lads to establish themselves as a more exciting, potent, attacking threat. Stewart could easily bag two or more this weekend. £10 returns £150

Sunderland v Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet League One
The Loch Ness Drogba out jumped Wyke for our second last weekend - 2 or more this Saturday? We hope so.
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images


Last week, my bet looked promising up until the last 10 minutes, almost bagging us all quite a bit of cash. Still, it didn’t come in but that doesn’t stop me from trying again! Ipswich, Wycombe and Sunderland all to win with both teams to score is my choice for Saturday. £5 returns £649. Good luck!

Luke ‘Bomber’ Davies says...

EFL New-Boy Home Treble

I’ve picked out three matches that involve newly promoted / relegated teams where I’m backing the home team to come away with the win. West Brom were impressive away at Bournemouth in the season opener and I fully expect them to have the better of Luton when they visit the Hawthorns. Salford with an extra season’s experience in league one and two top half of finishes will be looking to push on this season and will be looking to overcome newcomers Sutton Utd. Sheffield Wednesday started with a decent enough away draw at Charlton, but will be looking for 3 pts in their first Home game of the season. Doncaster are the visitors to Hillsborough and aren’t easy to back after losing at home to AFC Wimbledon last week.

£5 treble returns £25.69

SAFC Betbuilder

Success with last weeks betbuilder! So we go again this week and I’m expecting a little more of the same. On paper the game should be similar with the exception of the home advantage. Maybe it’s the optimism the last two games have given me but it’s a convincing Sunderland win for me!

Sunderland Win, Over 2.5 goals, Aiden McGeady anytime scorer. £5 returns £34.02

Sunderland v Lincoln City - Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 2nd Leg
Can Aiden help Bomber get his yellow card tenner back? He hopes so.
Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Phil Butler says...

Elliot Embleton to score and Sunderland to win

Despite not winning this same bet last week, Elliot Embleton did perform well against Wigan and I fancy us for another win this weekend to make it three-in-a-row. With perhaps more likely scorers in penalty taker McGeady, striker Stewart, and Lynden Gooch at worse prices, I’ll back the best value of Sunderland’s front four to grab a goal at Stadium MK. £5 returns £55

Harrogate v Sunderland - Pre-Season Friendly
More of this please Elliot…
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

EFL Treble

It’s very difficult to predict results during the early games, so I’m basing my picks on form from the end of last season. Preston finished quite strongly whilst Reading faded so I’m picking the away side in this one. Wycombe made a decent fist of staying up and should have enough to beat Cheltenham and finally Stevenage can hopefully get one over Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers. £5 returns £136.71

Paul Fletcher says…

Sunderland to draw 2-2 and Lynden Gooch to score anytime:

Gooch was outstanding last weekend and deserved a goal so I’m hoping that it will happen for him this weekend. We’ve hung on for two 2-1 wins in the last two games but I’m not confident that our makeshift back four will be able to do it again. £5 returns £155

Saturday Fourfold:

I’m going for a home winner from each of the top four leagues. On paper, Leicester, West Brom, Portsmouth and Salford should all be taking three points from tomorrow’s fixtures and providing me with a nice 9/1 winner. £5 returns £50.45

Sunderland v Lincoln City - Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 2nd Leg
Gooch was denied by the woodwork at home, can he open his 2021-22 account at MK Dons?
Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Danny Roberts says...

Sunderland to draw 1-1: If I carry on putting on this bet, it’s going to come through one week, surely? £5 returns £32.50.

League Trio: Everton to ease past Southampton, who look in trouble this season after selling anyone they had that are decent, Peterborough to get their first win of the Championship season against Derby and Lincoln City to beat Fleetwood. £10 returns £97.07.

Aberdeen v Hibernian - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Danny is sticking with a Ross Special 1-1… hope not, but lets see
Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images

Malc Dugdale says...

Sunderland to win 2-1 (again)

2-1 is clearly the “new 1-1” for Sunderland… if we can carry on getting wins either from coming back after going one behind, or holding on to a solid win after getting 2 up, then I will take 29 more of them and promotion.

I’d like to see Hawkes get on the bench rather than other strike options, as he finished really well, almost Maja-esque after a great through ball from Pritchard. Whether we sell Grigg or not, players like Hawkes deserve more of a chance.

Odds of 15/2 on Sky Bet this returns £42.50 for my fiver.

Port Vale v Sunderland - Carabao Cup First Round
Can Hawkes make the bench after his goal vs Port Vale? He took it well…
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images,

4 way acca - I fancy Chelsea, Liverpool, Fulham and Boro to all get wins this weekend, and as a 4 way acca they create a half decent odds of just over 4-1.

This returns £52.30 for a tenner, using a little of my winnings from last week to build if I can.

Michael Dunne says...

I’m expecting a similar sort of game to last week. MK Dons scored 3 goals in their game against Bolton and I expect them to find the net against the lads at the weekend too. However I expect Sunderland to still win the game and thus I think I think both teams to score with a Sunderland win is a good bet.

£5 @ 10/3 returns £21.66

This is an ambitious one. I am expecting big things from Ivan Toney this season with Brentford. They kick off their season Friday evening with a game against Arsenal. What better team to start your premier league career against? I expect Arsenal to continue to be completely inconsistent and Brentford to catch them on game week 1. Toney should hopefully nab a goal too. Furthermore, Callum Robinson started brightly last weekend for WBA against Bournemouth and got himself a goal. Robinson is highly capable Championship player and with WBA playing him more through the middle, he should definitely score more goals. The odds are just over 6/1. An anytime goalscorer double returns £36.81 from £5

Brentford v West Ham United - Pre Season Friendly
Can Toney carry on his high scoring run in league 1, the championship and then the Premier league?
Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images

Good luck to Cirkin on his debut this week, to the whole and growing SAFC squad, and good luck too to all our fellow punters. Please remember to gamble responsibly, and enjoy the footy.

Cheers, and ha’way the Lads!


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