Wests Tigers Vs Canberra Raiders Betting Preview: Saturday 26th March 2011
In this clash we see 2 teams sitting somewhere in the middle with 1 win and 1 loss so far. The Tigers have made a match of both their encounters, the Raiders on the other hand have had a blow out victory in week 1 and were the first of many upsets in weeks 2. The Tigers have not had the best of luck with injuries over the last couple of years and this year is reading much the same with quite a few of their “middle class” players out for this week and weeks to come. In my opinion the Raiders still have the best forward pack in the league, it is the absence of dynamite full back Josh Dugan that will cost them a crack at the premiership this year. This match is played out at Campbelltown stadium, where the Tigers have hosted 5 against the Raiders and won 4. This is a short trip up the Federal hwy to Campbelltown so expect the crowd to contain quite a few gooses with Raiders caps on.
Josh Dugan (May be a late inclusion)
The Tigers have already knocked up a staggering 35 offloads in just 2 outings. This is the kind of stuff the Warriors were doing in 2002 when they made it to the Grand Final. This equates to 35 extra attacking opportunities against staggered defence, but something has not been going right as they have only notched up only 34 points….. wait a second, that’s more offloads than points! The best teams have their fullback looking for the offloads on the burst and can normally get a line break or a half line break from almost every opportunity. I say get rid of McKinnon and slot in Moltzen, he is the much needed impact that the Tigers are missing. Unfortunately the line up has Moltzen in jumper no. 14 an McKinnon is pulling on the no. 1 again. The Tigers have also defended quite well, leaking only 36 points in total.
Matt Orford still looks to find his feet in Canberra in his return to the worlds toughest competition. Last week he was definitely a little rusty and he needs to start improving if the Raiders are any chance this year. In terms of quantity the Tigers have more injuries, but the quality of the injured Raiders is far greater, with skipper Alan Tongue and Vice captain Campese definitely out as well as future super star Dugan likely to miss out. That is their starting hooker, 5/8 and full back missing. Imagine the Storm playing without Smith, Cronk and Slater, its essentially the same thing.
If you like a half time punt then getting on the Raiders if they are up, or against them if they are down looks good as this has been the story for them this season. In their 2 matches this year there has not been one change in the leader of the match…. So you could almost put your money on whichever team scores first with live betting at Sportingbet Australia. I have no confidence in either team, but the Tigers have an extremely good record at Campbelltown, not just against the Raiders but against a number of teams. Tim Sheens will start to give Moltzen more time on the paddock and the offloads will actually pay out as they cruise home to a victory by about 8. Tigers 1-12 in another close match up.
Tigers HT/NT double is has best odds through Centrebet paying $2.21. For 1-12 head to Sportingbet Australia and you will return $3.15 to one.