Another highlight of Round 26 is an outright battle for the wooden spoon. The Raiders are out of the equation as a result of these 2 coming up against each other, so whoever gets up gets the monkey off their back. The Eels are very unlucky to even be in this position after a number of close games that all went to the opposition. The Titans have been the more disappointing of the 2 and their point’s differential proves this.
It’s the worst home team playing against the worst away team in this fixture, both valid reasons for being in the positions they are in. To add to this they are both the worst attacking teams (351 for the Titans and 353 for the Eels), but the Titans take the cake with the league’s worst defence as well at 597 against.
So based on the stats above the Titans deserve to lose this, but the Eels are specials when it comes to losing by a couple.
This is a good chance for the Eels to get their first win at Skilled Park, and with Scott Prince out it makes the chances of this happening all the more likely.
This is a big occasion for the Titans as they farewell a massive part of their playing roster that contains a lot of their leadership. Brad Meyers suffered an injury earlier in the season and as a result called it quits for first grade football. Preston is on his way out after a long career in the NRL with the last 4 years being played for the Titans. Friend is moving across the Tasman to play for the Warriors and Laffranchi is making an even bigger move to the English Super League to play for St Helens.
These 4 players have been clinical in the Titans success since the club started back in 2007. This has been their worst season by far and it’s a little sad to see them all going out on this note. If they can get a win here it will boost the mood for Mad Monday.
But do they really deserve to avoid the wooden spoon after such a terrible season? They have been so disappointing for fans and non fans alike. After such a promising 3 years they have really taken a massive backward step, call it a leap if you will. Bottom of the league in points for and points against makes you wonder if they can even perform with such a big occasion.
The Eels are on a 7 match losing streak and 8 in a row will be the worst of any club in 2011 if they lose. The Titans could not have asked for a better match to finish the season with all their players leaving.
The Eels have been so unlucky in so many of their matches, had they have won a few of these they could be well on their way to the finals. It did not pan out this way and as a result they lost a lot of matches due to nil confidence.
The Eels have only managed to win 1 away game all season, this is such a poor statistic and it’s no surprise they are contending the wooden spoon. They played decent against the Roosters last week, but once again Jarryd Hayne made some strange decisions at the back end that really makes me wonder what he is thinking. I am starting to think he is taking side bets. He had a chance to pick the ball up in the Roosters half and get his team in position to kick a field goal to prevent extra time to win the game. It reminds me of when they played the Panthers and were up by 6 with less than a minute to play. It was the last tackle and instead of kicking the ball out he tried kicking down field, only to be charged down to hand the ball to the Panthers and then they scored a try on the next play.
This is probably the hardest match to tip of the weekend and I am going to have to side with the home team this week. The Titans have win 2 of their last 4 which is the best 4 games they have mustered up all season. So they are in form compared to the rest of the season, and with a bunch of players hungry to win the last I can’t see anything but a dominant performance from the Titans.
The Titans are slight outsiders in this one which can be attributed to their poor season. This is good for those of you that are willing to get on them as they are $2.03 for the H2H win.