Penrith are without star half-back Nathan Cleary, who will miss up to 10 weeks with a knee injury. The Panthers will bring Tyrone Peachey into the halves to play along side Maloney.
The Cowboys are returning home after a tough away match against Brisbane. The cows are still without fullback Lachlan Coote. Michael Morgan struggled in his first week back last week, while Thurston looks to be really missing the assistance of Morgan and Coote.
We actually think the panthers will be up for this match, and Maloney will be looking to make a statement against JT and without Cleary in his side.
Both teams are coming off their first wins of the year and will have renewed confidence going into their famous Easter clash. This match always will pull the biggest Sydney crowd of the year, leaving plenty to play for.
Souths looked strong last week in wet conditions with Rookie Half-back Adam Doueihi covering for an injured Adam Reynolds. While the Bulldogs were solid themselves against a Panthers teams impacted by injuries. We are finding it hard to split these two teams but think both will offer plenty in defence, and as such the 44.5-point total has been set to high.
A 2016 Grand final Rematch between two teams who are known to very much hate each other.
The Strom haven’t quite been outstanding this year but are showing signs of their usual top-class play. The Sharks have been patchy at best, pulling off their first win last week against a struggling Eels team.
The Sharks welcome Luke Lewis back to the team, as well as Matt Moylan. On form the Storm look to be a much better team, though the Sharks will be up for this home match.
The Roosters are coming off a big win against a struggling Titans side, while the Warriors are 3/3 for the season. We feel the Roosters big result against the Titans last week is rather flattering of where they at. And that the Warriors will be keen to prove themselves against a top team away from home.
The Raiders have lost 3 matches despite having held the lead in each game at some point in the last 5-minutes. They are a team with fire-power across the park but are missing any real leadership from their spine when it comes to closing a game out. We feel like they Raiders need to win big or they are going to get run over.
Dragons are looking to have emerged as one of the top teams of 2018. We are only 3 games into the season however, and the Dragons are yet to be tested against any real top teams. We know we are going to get some quality performances from the knights without them being world beaters.
The Knights did beat the dragons in 2017, despite being stuck on the bottom of the ladder. We expect an enthused performance from the Knights in this match up and will have a bet on them with a ten-point start.
This is another classic match up between a team who looks to be cruising along and a team who is struggling, but desperate for a win. The Titans have every reason to get themselves up for this clash against ‘big brother’ Brisbane.
We expect the Titans to come out hard and as such will back them with the six-point line for the first half.
This looks to a be a fascinating matchup between the two lowest scoring teams in the comp; the Tigers have scored only 3 tries in 3 games, while conceding only 2 tries to last year’s top 3 teams. While the Eels have only scored 4 tries themselves (though let in plenty).
The bookies have the two teams as around even-money, but we don’t care about that… We are just betting that there will be less than 39 points scored in this match.