Welcome to another edition of Roker Riches, where we look forward to SAFC playing away from home (again) against a team who many see as a promotion rival this season, Rotherham United.
After a disappointing home loss to Charlton, which removed our unbeaten status on Wearside, Sunderland quickly bounced back with a penalty shoot out win away at QPR in the week.
We also got a little bit of credit back from the pot of “Ref and Linesman poor decisions”, with a very questionable offside flag in our favour. On balance, many would say we deserved to go through by putting QPR to such a test, especially when they are pushing for playoff places to ascend to the Premier League.
Burge alone deserved that quarter final place for me.
Rotherham stand a single place and a single point behind us in the league in 5th, but have better form across the last 5 games, with 4 wins and a draw. The lads have lost twice in our last 5, but we are only 2 points from top and do have a game in hand on most teams including Rotherham. We have 2 games in hand on Plymouth, who lead the league by goal difference ahead of Wycombe.
Wycombe held Rotherham to a goalless draw just over a week ago, and late last month even Crewe got a point at the New York Stadium with a 1-1 tie. These lads can score goals, though I assume they will be without loanee Grigg for the visit of his parent side, but there are clearly ways to succeed against them, which we are hopefully well prepped with.
The Roker Riches table...
Gair was the only recent winner with the bookies, pulling in a nice £80 profit recently. This did him a world of good as the table reflects below. Malc missed out on his 3-way acca due to the “Barcodes” getting a draw, and most SAFC bets were scuppered by the ugly and controversial Charlton home defeat.
Malc hangs on to top spot by less than twenty pence, and Gair shoots up to third as a result of him being the only winner in the table. Michael is at risk of dropping into double figures, so needs the luck of the Irish to step in for him very soon.
A couple of yellows for the tardy Bomber and Paul too…
The best way to do well at the New York seems to be to stifle Rotherham’s scoring threat, which seems to mainly come from Michael Smith. This week's banker’s bonus bet is backing the lads to get a second clean sheet in a week after shutting out QPR, and hopefully nicking a win by 1 or 2-0.
If the lads keep a clean one and get at least a point, ideally a win, the Riches team will get an extra tenner for next weekend.
This round’s bets!
Anthony Gair says...
Sunderland to Win BTTS
Currently, we’re class, but always look shaky on a few occasions at the back during games, so I expect us to win 2 or 3-1. Sunderland to win and both teams to score is a magnificent 6/1 with £10 returning a deal-breaking £70. Get it on!
Result and BTTS ACCA
Charlton, Hull and Colchester to win and both teams to score comes out at 107/1. £5 returns £540. Thats the bairns PS5 for Xmas that! Get it on!
Luke ‘Bomber’ Davies says...
Sunderland Bet Builder
For the first time this season I’m predicting a little trouble in paradise for the lads. High Odds for a lovely return… Rotherham / Draw (HT/FT), over 7.5 corners,Carl Winchester anytime scorer. £5 returns £355
League One Away Treble
Given the form and the odds, there threw away wins are pretty good value! Wycombe to win, Sheffield Wednesday to Win, MK Dons to win. £5 returns £44.25
Phil Butler says...
Sunderland to win and over 2.5 goals
Sunderland are a great price at 5/2 for this game considering out standing in the table and the fact that we’re yet to suffer back-to-back defeats this campaign. I’ll add some goals to boost the odds and increase the returns on my fiver. £5 returns £30
Saturday Evening Treble
I’m going for three teams at decent prices to hopefully bring home the bacon on Saturday night. Man United tend to do just enough to save Ole’s job, so they’re bound to win against Spurs. Torino have improved this term under Ivan Juric and should get the better of Samp. Whilst Real Sociedad should also win away at Celta Vigo. £5 returns £65.18
Paul Fletcher says…
Rotherham 2-2 Sunderland:
I’m backing us to get back into some goalscoring form but I think Rotherham will match our goal tally. £5 returns £75
Liverpool, Swansea, Wigan and Sutton to win their 3pm home fixtures tomorrow. £5 returns £36.36
Danny Roberts says...
Rotherham to win 2-1 (Malc - Booooo!)
I’m sticking with the same score, but I think we’ll lose on Saturday. Warne’s side are a very good outfit and they’re starting to hit a bit of form now. £5 returns £45.
Bristol City to FINALLY win a home game, Swansea to ease past Peterborough and Northampton to beat Carlisle. £10 returns £77.30.
Malc Dugdale says...
BTTS and winner forecast Acca
These bets are a long shot but if they come in they really return. I can see Leicester, Spurs and Swansea City all winning with both teams to score in the game being a strong chance of actually coming off. Odds of over 80-1 returns £406.25 for a fiver. Daft not to.
Sunderland to win 1-0 away
I can see this being a tight game and our lads winning by a single goal if we do. After a shut out against Championship oppo’s QPR, hopefully a clean sheet and a single goal for us will bring home all 3 points. Decent odds of 9-1 return £50 for my fiver. Worth a dabble.
Michael Dunne says...
Rotherham V Sunderland - Draw half time/full time
Will be a difficult encounter I think and Sunderland will certainly have their work cut out for them. Rotherham are a good team and will be up for it, especially them being at home. I can see a score draw and a draw being a half time/full time bet seems like a shout. Fiver at 4-1 returns £25.
Lots of goals means lots of bad defending. A lot of teams experience issues with the latter. I am going for four games where I think all the teams have a good chance of scoring , but also conceding. Leicester V Arsenal, Tottenham V Man United, Sheffield United V Blackpool and Fulham V West Brom. £5 returns £45 @7/1