Tue, Jul 16, 5:37pm by Rob Sheeley
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After a truncated Round 18 that saw just a quartet of matches played, we look to an exciting upcoming week with State of Origin, followed by six superb servings of rugby league action.
A full preview of the State of Origin game 3 match can be found on this website which includes free tips on the head to head, margin and line betting markets, as well as all the odds and vital information needed to have a bet.
We had another gem of a week with our suggested bets. We tipped four from four, but our feature preview is where we really struck gold. From seven suggested bets we had no less than five winners; but with some very attractive dividends. We had returns of $13, $10, $2.15, $1.92 and $1.28, this yielded almost four times our investment. Happy days indeed.
We turn our attention to Round 19 now, with a full feature preview of Saturday night’s epic Roosters and Sharks match to be posted soon.
7:45, Friday 19th July at Leichhardt Oval
The Tigers have been in the headlines this week over the possible defection of their star playmaker Benji Marshall to rugby union. They host the in-form New Zealand Warriors at their suburban fortress that is Leichhardt Oval. It is eleventh up against twelfth place and two sides renown for their attacking prowess which may provide a spectacle.
The twelfth placed Tigers can be a punters nightmare at times, winning and losing when least expected and almost completely void of that vital “C” word; consistency. For that reason, punters have shown little interest in the Tigers in premiership markets and they are currently $151 despite having won three of their last five matches.
The Warriors are in a rich vein of form, and after looking a wooden spoon hope earlier in the season, have sky rocketed to eleventh place on the back of five wins in their last six outings. Punters think they can keep on winning and have backed them right into $21 to win the premiership after triple figures were available just six weeks ago. The Warriors are shaping into a solid outfit and a dark horse in terms of the NRL title.
Warriors by 10.
5:30, Saturday 20th July at Canberra Stadium
The Raiders return to their Elysium Field that is Canberra stadium this week where they clash with the competitions cellar dwellers, the Eels. The Raiders are the best team at home in the NRL competition this season and they should maintain that record here.
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The tenth placed Raiders have been met with some support by premiership market bettors and have tumbled into $26 as they make a charge at the top eight. They have won three of their last five and can build on that here. A win could well catapult them into playoff territory should a few other results fall their way.
The hapless Parramatta Eels must be wondering where their next win will come from. The last placed $801 premiership chances are completely unwanted by punters in every market bar the wooden spoon. They have not won a game since way back on the eleventh of May and have strung together seven consecutive losses since then. It is shaping as a long season for the blue and golds.
Raiders by 18.
7:30pm, Saturday 20th July at Allianz Stadium
The second placed Roosters play host to the fifth place Sharks in a stand out match of the round on Saturday night. Todd Carney gets his chance to outshine James Maloney, the man who took his State of Origin position. The match also features two massive forward packs of international standard. Put simply, this is a blockbuster in the making.
The Roosters are shaping as one of the best premiership contenders in the competition and appear to be getting better every week. They have won four of their last five and punters are very keen on their title hopes with their current price sitting at $4.50 with IASbet.com. They will be keen to win here and consolidate their hold on second place.
The Sharks have worked their way back into fifth place on the back of consecutive wins over the Broncos and Tigers. They meet a much tougher opposition here but should be boosted by the return of their State of Origin players who, fitness permitting, will back up after their Wednesday night match.
Prediction – Roosters by 12.
2:00pm, Sunday 21st July at Centrebet Stadium
This match could be anything, the sixth place Panthers host the seventh placed Knights in an afternoon game that should be conducive to some fine attacking rugby league. Both sides have lacked consistency throughout the season and will be looking to win to cement a place in the top eight traffic jam. It could be a case of enthusiasm and who turns up to play on the day.
The seventh placed Panthers made it three in a row on the weekend with a 17-10 win over the Eels. They have certainly turned things around after a somewhat sluggish start to the season. Punters are slowly warming to their premiership hopes and have backed them in to $41 from last week’s $67 quote.
The Knights had the luxury of a bye last week after winning two in a row, including an 18-12 upset of the Bulldogs. This is the sort of game that they will need to win to keep their playoff aspirations alive. Punters think that the Wayne Bennett coached team are a solid competition chance at $26. If they can make it to the playoffs, there’s no doubt the Bennett factor is everything.
Prediction – Knights by 6.
3:00pm, Sunday 21st July at Brookvale Oval
An in-form Manly side look to continue their winning streak in a bid to further ensconce themselves in the all important top four this week. They play host to the Titans who are desperate for a win after two straight losses.
The Sea Eagles have put their season back on track with two consecutive wins over the Eels and the Cowboys. They had lost three in a row before that and faced dropping out of the top four if they didn’t turn things around. Punters are still pretty keen on the fourth placed Sea Eagles and they are currently $9 in premiership betting.
The ninth placed Titans have spiraled out of the top eight with two losses in a row. With positions for the playoffs so hotly contested, they can ill afford to drop many more games without facing the prospect of missing out. Punters have gone cold on the Titans and they are $101 in premiership markets. They did manage to beat The Sea Eagles early in the season, they will be hoping that history repeats in this match.
Prediction – Sea Eagles by 10.
7:00pm, Monday 22nd July at ANZ Stadium
This is another installment of one of the games longest running rivalries between the two most successful teams in it’s history. In 2013 they are as far apart on the competition ladder as they have been in a very long time. The competition leaders against second last place hardly whets the appetite for a classic rivalry match, but you never know.
South Sydney simply keep winning and their form looks like a “W” production line. They have a two win gap on their nearest rival and look like specials for the minor premiership. Punters love the Rabbitohs and their $3.25 premiership favourite tag is a reflection of that. I expect them to roll on their merry victorious way in this one.
The Dragons are having a season to forget. They are the main danger to the Eels in the wooden spoon market and have lost four of their five matches. They look to lack penetration in attack and are dishing up the “same old” every week. Punters are not interested in them as title hopes and they have drifted to $251. It may be time to start looking towards 2014 for the red and whites.
Prediction – Rabbitohs by 18.
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