Thu, May 8, 3:25pm by Rob Sheeley
With many players returning from injury, it looks to be cracker of a round too.
Premiership betting now sees joint favourites for the Provan-Summons trophy. The Roosters and Sea Eagles are both at $5.00 to go all the way. The Rabbitohs sit right behind on $6.00, while the Bulldogs are the only other team in single figures at $8.50.
The Sea Eagles are considerably shorter to make the top four than the Roosters. The Sea-Eagles are $1.35 while the Roosters are $1.7. Given that they are equal premiership favourites that makes the Roosters good value in that market.
The Sharks remain the preferred option when it comes to the least number of wins this season. They are on $3.50, while there are a few who reckon coach Ricky Stuart can win back-to-back wooden spoons at different clubs. Stuart’s Raiders are currently second in that field at $5.00.
The NRL should really hot up in the coming fortnight as players do their utmost to gain selection in the State Of Origin series for their respective states. Now is the time of the year when the class players often exhibit their best.
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Let’s take a look at Round 9;
7:40pm, Friday 9th May at Allianz Stadium
A sensational clash opens up the round with last season’s premiers taking on this year’s most-improved team.
The Roosters sit in fifth place and come into this match primed after a 34-14 win over the Dragons in round eight. They have not lost to the Tigers since 2011 and look to have the form to maintain that record here.
The fourth-placed Tigers look likely to welcome back hooker Robbie Farah for this clash. If you think they can continue their season of upsets then a juicy price awaits your investment. This game will be a big test for them.
Prediction – Roosters by 8 @ $1.28 with IASbet.com
7:40pm, Friday 9th May at 1300 Smiles Stadium
The battle of the Queenslanders is the second of the Friday night matches as the big brother, the Brisbane Broncos, head to Townsville.
The Cowboys, who sit in 12th, handed the Eels a 42-14 hiding in round eight and will look to build some momentum after a inconsistent season to date. They will take some beating at home.
The Broncos sit in sixth and have shown glimpses of ability so far in 2014. They copped the rough end of the pineapple in a controversial 28-26 loss to the Rabbitohs in their last match. They have won three of their last four against the Cowboys and warrant respect in this flip-of-the-coin-type match.
Prediction – Broncos by 6 @ $2.06 with Sportsbet.com.au
3:00pm, Saturday 10th May at Eden Park
Two sides who are struggling so far this year look to get their respective seasons back on track in New Zealand this Saturday afternoon when the Warriors host the Raiders.
The Warriors impressed in round eight when they defeated the Storm 16-10 in an Aami Park boilover. They look to have some added spark since the sacking of coach Matt Elliott and are always that little bit tougher at home. They look the goods here.
The 14th-placed Raiders are second favourites for the the wooden-spoon and were embarrassed 54-14 by a theunder-strength Sea Eagles a fortnight ago. They will need to turn their form around in a hurry if they want to compete here.
Prediction – Warriors by 10 @ $1.48 with IASbet.com
5:30pm, Saturday 10th May at Cbus Super Stadium
The high-flying Titans play host to the Rabbitohs in one of the best matches of the round on Saturday evening.
The Gold Coast have exploded out of the blocks in 2014 with six wins from the first eight games. It currently sist in third and reinforced the fact that it is the real deal when the Titans upset the Tigers away from home two weeks ago. They could notch up another “W” here.
The Rabbitohs have been a little underwhelming so far this season and are clinging to a top eight spot by the skin of their teeth. They had a ton of luck in their recent 28-26 win over the Broncos and are likely to need to be better than that effort to win here.
Prediction – Titans by 7 @ $2.85 with IASbet.com
7:30pm AET, Saturday 10th May at AAMI Park
There is little love lost between the Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea-Eagles and this is shaping up as another gem between the two sides.
The Storm have been well below their best this season and were far from impressive in their round eight loss to the Warriors at home. They face a stern battle this week against one of the competitions’ better conveyances.
The Sea Eagles keep finding a way to win, despite suffering a litany of injuries. That may catch up with them this week as they face another tough test, sans a few of their stars.
Prediction – Storm by 4 @ $1.45 with Sportsbet.com.au and IASbet.com
2:00pm AET, Sunday 11th March at Hunter Stadium
It is not often that a Wayne Bennett team sits in 15th place after a third of the season, but that is the scenario that the Newcastle Knights are presented with as they take on the Penrith Panthers this week.
The Knights have managed just two victories this season, but did show some promise last time out when they hung in the match with the Bulldogs for a long way, eventually going down 16-12. They face a tough opponent here and will need to repeat their Bulldogs effort again to be a chance.
The Panthers disappointed last game when they lost to the Sharks 24-20. They have all the ingredients of a good team, but are yet to put it together on a week-to-week basis. At their best, they will be winning this.
Prediction – Panthers by 6 @ $2.40 with IASbet.com and Sportsbet.com.au
3:00pm, Sunday 11th May at ANZ Stadium
The Dragons host the top-of-the-table Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon as they look to claw their way back into the top eight.
Consistency has not been a friend for the Dragons to date in 2014 with shades of brilliant and woeful football on display. They were unimpressive against the Roosters last time out and face a more difficult task here – this looks too tough.
The Bulldogs are shaping into a genuine premiership team in 2014. They have a superb combination and the Des Hasler polish that is a proven premiership catalyst. If they put it together, this should be an easy win. They look the bet of the week.
Prediction – Bulldogs by 12 @ $1.49 with Sportsbet.com.au
7:00pm, Monday 12th May at Pirtek Stadium
Round nine concludes with last year’s wooden-spooners, the Parramatta Eels, hosting this season’s wooden-spoon favourites, the Cronulla Sharks.
The Eels have been highly entertaining in their four wins so far this season and, with a bit of luck, could have been sitting in the top eight. However, they have now lost two on the trot and can ill afford to slide into losing habits now. They were given a 42-14 hiding by the Cowboys in their last outing and will need to show more to win this.
The Sharks are close to full strength again and have very few excuses to not put an end to their below-standard form. They managed to get over the top of Penrith in round eight and could get another scalp here at alluring odds.
Prediction – Sharks by 7 @ $2.25 with all bookmakers.
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