Wed, May 9, 4:14pm by Staff Writer
The season is now at a stage when it is possible to start to see the split from the top eight down. There are those like the Cowboys who stand a chance of re-joining the push for the top. Then there are, however, others like the Bulldogs and Eels who are almost battling it out to avoid the wooden spoon even at this early stage.
Wests Tigers v Nth Queensland Cowboys, Thursday 10th May, 7.50pm, Leichhardt Oval
After a hugely promising start to their campaign, Wests have slipped off the pace in recent weeks. Indeed, they have lost their last three matches to leave themselves 7th on the ladder. They remain in contention for the top eight but need a drastic turnout of fortunes if they are to stay there. The Tigers early season success came on the back of the form of the halves combination of Benji Marshall and Luke Brookes. If they can rediscover their form, then they could overturn a price of $2.10.
For North Queensland it has been a dire start to 2018. After overcoming the loss of several key players to injury last season to reach the Grand Final, the Cowboys were touted as possible Premiers for this season. Yet, despite the return of those key players in the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott they have underwhelmed this year. The win over Penrith last week will have been a huge mental boost and they head into this game at $1.76.
Bet of the Match – Wests to Win by 1-12 points at $3.20
Canterbury Bulldogs v Parramatta Eels, Friday 11th May, 7.55pm, ANZ Stadium
Even at this fairly early stage of the season, this match could define the remainder of the year for both these sides. They sit 15th and 16th on the ladder and both will want to avoid the wooden spoon. Indeed, the Bulldogs are priced at $4 to record the least wins with the Eels at $6.50.
Looking back at the standalone match, it is again Parramatta who appear to hold the upper hand as they stand as favourites at $1.82. Back to back wins for the Eels against Manly and Wests rejuvenated the side before they went down last week to Cronulla. They will be looking to bounce back this week.
As for the Bulldogs they have only also only won two games this season, despite being in the games for long periods of time. Round 9 saw a late controversial penalty deny them of a win over the Broncos and they need this win priced at $2.02.
Bet of the Match – Canterbury to Win by 1-12 points at $3.20
New Zealand Warriors v Sydney Roosters, Saturday 12th May, 3pm, Mt Smart Stadium
The Warriors put the humiliation of the Anzac Day game behind them, as they came out firing in Round 9 to comfortably get past Wests Tigers. They continue to impress in 2018 and have the opportunity to send another huge statement to their rivals when they take on the Roosters this weekend. With home ground advantage they are favourites at $1.75, but they will be wary of a Roosters side filled with quality.
A narrow win over Manly leaves the Roosters with a 5-4 record for the season. Not the expected start considering the heavyweight signings that the club produced in the offseason. Consistency has dogged the Roosters throughout this year and they will be looking to back up the win again this week to keep momentum. They stand at $2.10
Bet of the Match – New Zealand to Win by 1-12 points at $2.88
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