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Roker Riches 2021-22: A fresh start with a younger, new look - and betting options aplenty!

We’re back for the 2021-22 season with ANOTHER edition of Roker Riches - and just like Sunderland, there’s a younger, fresher look to our squad... What bets have you got on this weekend?

Can Lee reshape us and take us up this season? We all hope so.
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Welcome back to a new season of Roker Riches. Here we go again! Like most fans, we at Roker Report are very keen to see what this season will bring.

How will our Roker Report punters kick off their betting season with all these early season variables to factor in?


The Roker Riches Table 2021/22

We have a couple of new faces in the Riches team this season. Matty Crichton has decided to step down after a couple of years in the squad (thanks for all your contributions Matty), allowing room for newbies Anthony Gair and Michael Dunne to join the team. Welcome to both, and the best of luck with your betting endeavours in the Riches collective.

The table as we approach the kick-off against Wigan, owners of more than one ex-SAFC player from last season, is as follows - everyone back to their starting kitties of £200 - well, almost.

Rules remain the same - 2 bets per person per weekend match (though we are letting punters bet more this season if they choose to… early bankruptcy alerts everywhere!) Bankers bonuses coming in gives punters an extra tenner for the next game, which they can use on a new bet or up a stake for a better return.

Punters who are late providing bets to the Riches editor Malc may get a yellow card, which costs them a tenner. Well done to Danny, who managed to both push for increased bets and then also get a yellow card in our first round, so he starts on £190.

New season, but nothing changes with Danny’s timeliness…

Banker’s Bonus...

The Banker’s bonus for our first match has been nominated by Phil, who has done very well the last couple of series. It would be “so Sunderland” that one of our old boys comes back and haunts us, though even if the opponents do score, we have to hope that we could go on and win the game by scoring more.

If either Wyke, Power or Jones score against Sunderland but we go on to 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...

My first bet as part of the Roker Riches community will be Sunderland to score 2 goals exactly, and both teams to score. Bet365 are offering 4/1 odds and I’ll be slinging £10 at it. £10 returns £50

Secondly, to make all of our readers incredibly happy, a long(ish) shot at 53/1. Ipswich, Wycombe and Sunderland all to win with both teams to score. £10 with Bet365 will win you £530 (although I am aware they offer some sort of Acca incentive, like 5% or so).

Ipswich Town v Crystal Palace - Pre-Season Friendly
Will Ipswich be in the mix this season?
Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images

Luke ‘Bomber’ Davies says...

Another charge at the League One title begins and my first full season on the Roker Riches team! Let’s hope I can get off to a flyer with this EFL treble.

Derby are in turmoil and Wayne Rooney is in danger of needing to come out of retirement and stick his boots back on. Derby have 13 registered players at time of writing and Huddersfield at 8/11 is surely too good to pass up on. Moving into League One and Morecombe are straight in at the deep end travelling to Ipswich. The Tractor Boys have had made a few decent signings and should get the better of League 2’s 4th best team last season. Assuming Forest Green have licked their wounds after falling apart at the back end of last season, I’d expect them to once again start quickly and beat EFL newbies Sutton. £5 returns £26.36 with Bet365

Sunderland Bet Builder. This season I’ll be sticking with a Bet365 bet builder for the SAFC bets. They won’t always be for huge returns but I’ll be keeping to the format.

The lads take on Sunderland 20-21 (aka Wigan) and in years gone by this would scream of a “former player comes back to bite us” narrative - NOT TODAY! Call it new season optimism but I think Charlie Wyke will be rendered useless without McGeady and Gooch and Max Power might feel he has too much to prove and get lost in that.

Sunderland to win either half, Ross Stewart anytime goalscorer, over 2.5 goals total. £5 returns £23.75

Sunderland AFC v Hull City - Pre-Season Friendly
Can Stewart do the job for SAFC this season?
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Phil Butler says...

Sunderland to win and Elliot Embleton to score anytime.

I fancy us to go up this year which means I’ll be making most of my Sunderland bets include a win for Lee Johnson’s side. Elliot Embleton had a couple of weeks to secure his place in the side before Pritchard gets up to full fitness so I think he will grab a goal in a win on the opening day. £5 returns £27.50

Newly Promoted Double.

I’ve got in my head that newly promoted sides do well on the opening day, I may have made this fact up, so I’m picking a couple at big prices for this weekend. Hull City travel to Preston after winning League One last season, whilst Cheltenham could cause a slight upset by beating Crewe following their promotion from League Two. £5 returns £58.12.


Paul Fletcher says...

Sunderland to win 3-1:

I’m going to try and be positive but realistic with my picks this season. I think we’ll see an impressive start from Sunderland and score an early goal to open the game up. While a clean sheet would be nice, I don’t mind us conceding one as long as we score multiple goals, ideally from different goalscorers. £5 returns £75

Opening day treble:

Nothing too ambitious here as games tend to be tough to predict on the first day of the season. However, my instincts are telling me that there will be home wins for Bolton, Exeter and Wrexham today. £5 returns £41.56

Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham - Vanarama National League
How will star-backed Wrexham do this season?
Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images

Danny Roberts says...

Sunderland to draw 1-1. Let’s start this season off with a bit of normality shall we? I think we’ll concede an early goal and produce a second half performance to be proud of. Basically insert a copy of Sunderland’s last two opening day home fixtures here. £5 returns £35.

EFL Treble: Huddersfield to beat Derby, it’s a bit of a banker to start the riches season, Wycombe to make a winning start on their return to League One and, likewise, Rotherham to make a good start to the season after relegation from the Championship. £10 returns £68.39.

Notts County v Derby County - Friendly Match
Will Rooney turn around the Rams this time?
Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Malc Dugdale says...

SAFC to win and BTTS - While the ex SAFC contingent will no doubt make this an interesting game, I think we will have enough to start the season with 3 points. I am not sure we will keep a clean sheet though given the makeshift back line we will have to play with, though it has to be said a makeshift back line did very well for a good while under Johnson last season, before our form faded. Fiver returns £22.50

New boys bad day - I think all of the promoted teams will lose their first Championship game, and them all being away is a factor. Luton, Preston and Bristol City all to win vs Posh, Hull and Blackpool. Fiver returns £57.50.


Michael Dunne says...

My first bet as part of Roker Riches is a scorecast on Sunderlands game this Saturday. It is standard procedure when it comes to Sunderland that former players tend to come back to the Stadium of Light and score against us. I really fancy our goal machine last season, Charlie Wyke to do the same. I envisage a cagey affair with Wigan taking an early lead through Wyke, only for Sunderland to fight back and win 2-1.

Charlie Wyke to score first but Sunderland to win 2-1 can be found at 65/1 with five pounds of my money going on this.

Fiver returns £330.00!

Secondly, I see Wayne Rooney’s disappointing few weeks continuing. With a threadbare squad, and injuries to their key players (no thanks to their boss), I envisage a tough day at the office for Derby. They are at home to Huddersfield. Both teams to score but a Huddersfield win can be found at 10/3. That’s where my second fiver is going. Fiver returns £21.66


Good luck to Lee, 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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