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Roker Riches 2021-22: Bolton at the SoL - what’s your bet when Sunderland look to resume winning ways?

Sunderland seek to recover from dropped points at the other Highbury, taking on Bolton Wanderers at home. Where’s your money going?

Welcome to another edition of Roker Riches. This weekend, the lads are hoping to build on the strong recovery shown in the midweek cup game at Wigan by getting back to three point league returns, starting against Bolton.

Sunderland v Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet League One
Luke, who nabbed our second goal in the cup at Wigan. Top lad.
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

After such a decent showing and a clean sheet, one of the biggest challenges is predicting the first 11 team, so several bets may come a cropper based on player selection is my prediction.

Six points in the coming two games is imperative. Let’s hope both the lads and the Riches posse do well.

The Roker Riches table...

A clean sweep of losses last weekend, with the last minute penna denying several bet chances, as well as 3 points for the lads.

Gair drops back down the table due to his preference to punt tenners not fivers. Michael needs a win of at least 20 quid and no luck for Bomber and Gair to climb the table.

Banker’s Bonus...

The Lads narrowly missed out on the win at Fleetwood last weekend, meaning there is no extra bet for the Riches team to place this weekend.

Bankers bonus this time is about defence. With eight changes, we secured a strong 2-0 away win at Wigan in the cup with our first clean sheet in some time, so a clean sheet at home this Saturday against Bolton gets all our Riches punters an extra tenner for the next weekend match.

Milton Keynes Dons v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One
Burge kept a clean sheet in the cup. More selection considerations
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

If the lads make that a win, we will double it, as lets face it, nobody wants a dour 0-0 at home against Bolton.

This round’s bets...

Anthony Gair says...


Ross Stewart is bang in form for the lads and I expect him to put Bolton’s back line to the sword and bag at least one. I expect it to be an attacking encounter by both sides, resulting in a preposterous amount of corners being taken, and we’ll win… nuff said.

SAFC to win, Stewart to score any time and more than 14 corners between the two teams in the game. £10 returns £340.

Fleetwood Town v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One
In form Loch Ness Drogba.
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Double BTTS

Sunderland and Sheff Wed to win with both teams scoring is 21/1. Ipswich are struggling but will probably bag at least one, then get battered off a Sheff Wed side desperate to get out of this bloody league.

We’ll win, but Bolton are banging them in (aside from their most recent game)… I expect them to score, but buckle to the wonderful talent that Sunderland have. Haway! Tenner returns £220.

Luke ‘Bomber’ Davies says...

Sunderland V Bolton Bet Builder

Keeping it simple and minimal for this one (Malc: makes a change Bomber)

Lynden Gooch anytime scorer; Over 2.5 goals; Under 12 corners; Highest Scoring Half: 2nd.

£5 returns £60

Through the Pyramid 4-fold

Losing money hand over fist on these so in an attempt to rein it back I’ve chosen one game per league that I think has the best chance of a positive result!

Premiership - Everton; Championship - Sheffield Utd; League One - Wigan; League Two - Harrogate. £5 returns £43.53

Sunderland v Lincoln City - Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 2nd Leg Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Phil Butler says...

Broadhead to score anytime and Sunderland to win the 2nd Half

Sunderland’s three attacking midfielders, Gooch and McGeady especially, have been more quiet over the last couple of games, so if we’re to avoid picking Ross Stewart for a goal it’s likely to be one of the bench options to net for the Lads. Broadhead scored in midweek, so he seems as good a bet as any and if he does score off the bench, Sunderland have a good chance of winning the 2nd Half.

£5 returns £27.50

Lower League Treble

MK Dons against Wycombe, Harrogate against Stevenage and Exeter against Hartlepool. No really hunch or snippets of wisdom behind these picks, just a quick look at odds and form. £5 returns £69.98

Blackpool v Sunderland - Carabao Cup Second Round Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Paul Fletcher says…

Sunderland to win 3-1:

I’m backing us to get back to winning ways in the league, score a few and stay in the automatic promotion spots.

£5 returns £75

Saturday 3pm Fourfold:

Leicester, Sheffield United, Wigan and Forest Green all to win their home games.

£5 returns £43.40

Danny Roberts says...

Sunderland to win 2-1.

Every week I look back and say to myself, I need to keep betting on this score each week and I never do. So from now on, my Sunderland bets will be the lads to win 2-1. £5 returns £42.50

League Trio:

There’s not much that looks good this week, but I’ve scrambled three games that look like they could be winners. Plymouth look strong and face a poor Doncaster, Wigan to beat Cheltenham and Everton to pick all three points against Norwich. £10 returns £55.44

Portsmouth v Plymouth Argyle - Sky Bet League One
Plymouth almost went top recently. Can they beat Donnie and keep up the momentum?
Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

Malc Dugdale says...

Sunderland to win 3-1

Bolton have had mixed results, stuffing Ipswich at their place being one end of the spectrum, but getting 1 point from 9 in the other 3 matches since the end of August. I think we will have enough to put 3 past them, but they are likely good enough to nick one. Fiver returns £65.

Prem 4 way acca

I quite fancy this one - Everton, Leicester, Watford and Liverpool to all win. Interestingly the Liverpool leg is likely the risky one, them being away to Brentford who would love a scalp like the Scousers. This bet accumulates nearly 7-1, giving me a return of £39.40 for a fiver bet.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brentford - Premier League
Toney would love to score against Liverpool…
Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

Michael Dunne says...


There are some tasty games coming up in the Premier League this weekend and I am expecting goals goals goals. My first bet is both teams to score treble. The three games chosen are Brentford-Liverpool, Chelsea-Man City and Leeds-West Ham. All these teams have potent attacking threats and I can see lots of goals in these games. £5 offers odds of just over 4/1 and returns £27

Sunderland half time/full time

Another home game brings another tricky task for the lads. Bolton have started well this season and I expect them to be similar to Accrington in their approach and certainly have a go. That being said, I expect the lads to win. A 1-0 half time lead will begin what I believe will be a cagey affair second half with Bolton getting on the scoresheet but Sunderland winning 2-1. A half time Sunderland 1-0/ full time Sunderland 2-1 returns £115 from £5

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