Note: () denotes the home team’s bookmaker handicap.
These two teams clashed in round 17, with the Eels winning 13-12 in golden point. On that occasion, the eels took a 12-nil lead in the first half but faded late in the game, as the Bulldogs pack wore them down. The Bulldogs still have the ability to get in the grind with most teams though the Eels will be too classy on this occasion.
Tip: Parramatta-6.5 @ 1.92 –Ladbrokes
Dragons (-6.5) V Rabbitohs Preview and Betting Tips
Put simply, the Rabbitohs have been horrible lately. Furthermore, they have top players Sam Burgess, Angus Crichton and Adam Reynolds all carrying niggling injuries. The Dragons will be disappointed after last week’s loss to the Knights and will be switched on for this game. However, the Rabbitohs do tend to rise for a match against the Dragons. The game might be tight, but we expect the dragons to be too good.
The Cowboys have been impressive, seemingly improving each week without Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott. Despite this, they are yet to pull off a win against any top teams without these players; last week they blew a 16-6 lead against the Roosters to go down 22-16. The Storm are setting new benchmarks for the competition every week, though for this game are having to travel to North Queensland on a 5-day turnaround.
This is a true test for the Cowboys, though the Storm should be too strong.
Tip: Storm -5.5 @ 1.92 –Crownbet
Tip: Under -38.5 @ 1.92 –Sportsbet
The Knights are coming off just their fourth win in two seasons, and are looking more and more dangerous at home. While the Warriors aren’t crash hot themselves, it appears the public is getting very keen on the Knights, willing on some sort of fairy tale finish to the season.
I think we will just sit back and enjoy a possibly entertaining game.
The interesting story line hear will be how the Broncos perform without hooker Andrew McCullough (knee, season). Ben Hunt has been named to cover at hooker, allowing the Broncos to get more game time out of Benji Marshall and Kodi Nikorima. While Hunt should be great for the Broncos in attack, he creates nothing but a speed hump in the middle of the field in defence.
Both teams are looking to bounce back after disappointing losses and you have the added south-east Queensland rivalry to make the game interesting. All the same, the Broncos will be looking to flex their muscle and should put the Titans away.
Tip: Broncos -4.5 @ 1.92 – Ladbrokes
The Sharks have been very unconvincing without James Maloney. While the Raiders are coming off a solid win against the Rabbitohs. The Sharks are going to need to lift here to hold off the Raiders.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, the Roosters went in as strong favourites. The two teams grinded out a low scoring match for 60 minutes, until Manly finally blew the Roosters away. In the end Manly wanted it more and got the upset.
Both teams are looking to cement their spots on the top of the ladder. Roosters are still without Friend, Cordner and Gordon. Manly should be a little too good at home.
Tip: under 42 points @ $1.91 - Sportsbet
Matt Moylan (Hamstring) is probably a 50-50 chance of playing, though as stated last week, his inclusion is not going to sway us either way. We have done well backing the Tigers In recent weeks, but will stay away this week. Panthers should be too good.
Tip: under 42.5 points @ $1.91 - Ladbrokes
Parramatta-6.5 @ 1.92 –Ladbrokes
Storm -5.5 @ 1.92 –Crownbet
Cowboys V Storm - Under 38.5 @ 1.92 –Sportsbet
Broncos -4.5 @ 1.92 –Ladbrokes
Manly vs Roosters - under 42 points @ $1.91 – Sportsbet
Penrith vs Tigers - under 42.5 points @ $1.91 - Ladbrokes