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Blackpool v Sunderland - Carabao Cup Second Round

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Roker Riches 2021-22: The Chairboys are back - but are we backing Sunderland?

Sunderland are back at home after a great away win versus Blackpool in the cup to face Wycombe - what are you backing this weekend?

Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Welcome to another edition of Roker Riches, and another key game which feels both important for so early a match. The Lads got back to winning ways with a five goal thriller away at Blackpool in the cup midweek, and not many fans would disagree that the brand of football we are starting to show as “our way” shows a lot of promise for the season to come.

This Saturday we welcome Wycombe Wanderers back to the Stadium of Light, and no doubt the recent history of “Madness” tracks will create a great atmosphere for the match. It will be a test, making betting less predictable, but hopefully we can prevail in both ways.

Blackpool v Sunderland - Carabao Cup Second Round
The lads played out a great game at Blackpool to great away support. Can they make 30,000 happy this Saturday?
Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images

The Roker Riches table...

No major changes in the league table other than Gair dropping down to 6th through going big. Only one win in the betting team last weekend, with top of the table Malc bagging almost £40 with his acca coming in.

Losses across the rest of the squad, with Paul now owning less than half the cash available to the league leader.


Banker’s Bonus...

The Banker’s bonus for our last weekend match didn’t come in. We got the win but it was with a single goal, and we needed at least two.

The bonus this weekend is about fighting fire with fire. Wycombe will try to kick and bully us, pump it long and hope that a sole goal from a set piece, with a raft of time-wasting, will get them something from the game.

Bankers bonus this week - beat Wycombe at their own game, by scoring first - and ideally from a set piece.

If SAFC score first, a bonus tenner bet is awarded for next time.

If we score first and win with at least one set piece goal, the bonus is doubled to £20 for next weekends match.


This round’s bets...

Anthony Gair says...

Sunderland Bet Builder

Simple one this weekend - Wycombe will come out ultra defensive against the mighty Sunderland, leading to a drab 0-0 first half result, then we’ll go out and smash them second half, Ross Stewart leading the line. Draw/Sunderland as a HT/FT and Ross Stewart to score anytime is 9/1. £10 returns £100.

Weekend Acca

Sheff Wed, Ipswich and Portsmouth to win and BTTS is a mighty 107/1, where £5 will return you £540!

Best of luck!

Burton Albion v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One
Loch Ness Drogba. More goals please Ross…
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images


Luke ‘Bomber’ Davies says...

Football Pyramid Fourfold II

After coming so close last week I’m rolling the dice again and it’s only after picking my teams and looking back at last week I’ve noticed there some serious déjà vu with this week’s selections!

Aston Villa and Forest Green both did me proud and I’ve (not on purpose) selected them once again for home wins against Brentford and Port Vale respectively. Charlton have had an incredibly poor start to the season and will be looking to give their campaign a kick up the backside and have a perfect opportunity against Crewe.

It’s a very similar story in the Championship where another home win is predicted as Blackpool head to Millwall. Both teams are winless and Blackpool have been dumped out the EFL Cup by a League One club (whose name eludes me) so Millwall will look to compound the misery. £5 returns £71.08

SAFC BetBuilder

Ah Wycombe… we all remember that fateful day at Wycombe when Phil Parkinson came into our lives. A lot has changed since then and whilst I think this will be our toughest game so far (I know we’ve only played 6!), this squad gives me a confidence I haven’t felt in years! I’m optimistic, but it’s going to be tight. If there is a winner it’ll be by one goal, for that reason my bet builder this week is;

- Sunderland to win either half, Both Teams to Score, Under 12 Corners, Stewart anytime Scorer

£5 returns £35


Phil Butler says...

Sunderland to win both halves

We create enough chance to bag two each game and are due a clean sheet in the league. Hopefully those 2 goals come on opposite sides of the interval. £5 returns £32.50

Spennymoor Town v Sunderland - Pre Season Friendly
Can Patto keep his place and secure another clean sheet?
Photo by Will Matthews/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

EPL Treble

SOUTHAMPTON against the Mags, BRIGHTON against Everton and LEICESTER against this year’s whipping boys Norwich. £5 returns £59.87


Paul Fletcher says…

Sunderland to win 3-1:

Both teams will go into the game feeling pretty confident and expecting to score goals. While I’d love to see us record another clean sheet, I’d be happy with a win of any description. I’m predicting a tight game, with the lads seemingly hanging on for a 2-1 victory, only to catch Wycombe on the counter late in the game and score a third to secure the points. £5 returns £75

Saturday Fourfold:

After another near miss last weekend, I’m sticking with the same formula and hoping that it’ll be third time lucky. Out of the 3pm kick-offs tomorrow, I’m backing home wins for Plymouth, Forest Green, Hibernian and Forfar Athletic. £5 returns £77.79


Danny Roberts says...

Sunderland to draw 1-1.

I feel like this weekend will be a tricky one. Wycombe aren’t the same shit team we’re used to anymore and I think their pace on the break might cause us some issue.

£5 returns £32.50.

Premier League Treble:

After being so close to another treble acca win last week, I’ll carry on with this tactic of punting on just three teams. And it looks a fairly straight Prem trio for me this week too, as I fancy Villa, Newcastle and West Ham to all pick up maximum points with winnable home games this Saturday. £10 returns £83.11.

West Ham United v Leicester City - Premier League
Can Moyes’ top of the league Hammers keep it going? Many SAFC fans hope not…
Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Malc Dugdale says...

4 way acca (again)

I’ve had a fair bit of luck with this type of bet the last few weeks, so hopefully that won’t run out this time.

I think Liverpool will have enough to win at home to Chelsea in the top flight, and I also think Leicester will put Norwich to the sword, even though the game is in Norfolk.

Nottingham Forest are one of the early favourites to lose their manager after a miserable start, being bottom of the championship without a single league point from 4 games. They travel to old foes Derby County in one of the early kick off games. I think given Derby have taken all three points versus Hull and drawn with Boro and Huddersfield, they will maintain the Forest misery with a home win.

Blackpool will also fail to win away at Millwall for me…after we nicked the win mid week in the cup, a lower table early season 6 pointer may well give them a chance to bounce back, but I doubt it. All that gives decent odds of nearly 20-1, so it returns £207.70 including my tenner stake.

Sunderland to win 2-1 and Aiden McGeady to score first.

Our fine Irish winger has had a mixed start to the season, but as our first choice penalty specialist I fancy him to open the scoring from the spot. The movement and pace we now have up front is very likely to draw free kicks and spot kicks, so let’s hope it does this weekend.

Fab odds of 40-1 on SkyBet make this a cracking return if it lands as a 2-1 win with Aiden opening our tally. Definitely worth a fiver, given the 2-1 score lines seen already this season. Fiver returns £205.


Michael Dunne says...

Sunderland V Wycombe Correct Score 1-1

I think this will be our toughest game of the season and can see it being a really tense battle. Wycombe won’t give Sunderland anything easy and I can see the away side setting up defensively looking to frustrate our young side. I am going for a correct score draw. £5 returns £32.50

Harry Kane and Tottenham win

He has announced he is staying after a bizzare stand off with Daniel Levy. I expect Nuno to return his talisman to the starting eleven. Harry Kane will be eager to prove a point and I expect him to get the first goal and Spurs to win 2-0. £5 returns £60

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