Fri, May 16, 2:19pm by Rob Sheeley
Match: Cronulla Sharks vs. Wests Tigers – NRL Round 10
When/Where: 5:30pm, Saturday 17th May at Remondis Stadium
AUD $100 Free Bet: www.IASbet.com
The last-placed Cronulla Sharks host the Wests Tigers, desperate to register their third win of 2014.
They get their opportunity against a Tigers outfit who are staring down the barrel of a third straight loss.
One of the attractions of this match is the open style of football that the two teams have played in many games so far this season. That could point towards a high-scoring affair, which means the Over/Under total points market warrants closer inspection.
The market has been framed with a score of 40.5, which looks to be a score that these two teams could easily surpass.
Over 40.5 points – $1.90
Under 40.5 points – $1.90
The Wests Tigers have been involved in games where the total points has been over 40 in more than half their games this season, with one other also totaling 39.
Furthermore, on four occasions, one of the teams involved in a match with the Tigers have scored over 40 points by themselves.
The Sharks have a similar record with five of their 10 outings yielding a match total which surpassed the 40-point barrier.
Last time they met, the two sides amassed a grand total of 58 points.
The key may lie in the styles of the two teams and how they execute on the day. Both have a proven ability to rack up big scores, but have lacked consistency in their execution so far in 2014.
Goal-kicking may also play a role. The Sharks are without their regular kicker, Todd Carney, but have an able replacement in Michael Gordon.
Pat Richards has been a revelation with the boot for the Tigers landing 30 from 34 this season, on that basis, goal-kicking points towards a higher score.
In their nine matches to date, the Sharks have averaged a match total of 39.4 points, while for the Tigers it is 44.2.
Both sides are more than likely to play an open style of rugby league, looking to out-score their opponent rather than out-defend them.
This looks to be the sort of game that could feature a lot of tries and well and truly surpass the 40.5 figure.
The bet of over 40.5 looks to be attractive in this one.
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