Sat, Jun 18, 3:58pm by Kevin Pitstock
The Bulldog’s season has hit a wall with only 1 win over the last 6 weeks (1 week was a Bye), their only victory being the Titans 3 weeks ago when the demolished them 28-6. Their win before that was the Rabbits in round 7, 36-24. Their last outing was against the Eagles in Round 13 where they were trounced 38-4 at Brookvale Oval. The Sharks have been poor all season apart from a good 2 weeks at the start. The Sharks are currently equal last, with their only win in the last 10 weeks against the Roosters. Even though the Bulldogs are in the top 8 (just) it is still more of a bottom 8 clash.
The Bulldogs have dominated the Sharks for a long time now. They have won the last 4 in a row, and 8 from the last 10. In total there have been 81 fixtures, with 50 going to the Doggies. They have only played a few at ANZ stadium though, and the Bulldogs still remain on top with 4 wins and 2 losses.
Bulldogs Preview – LLLWL
The Bulldogs have probably been the most inconsistent team of the year. When they win they score plenty of points, but when they lost they score about as many as the Roosters do. In their last 4 losses they have totalled 38 points, less than 10 PPG. Compare this to their last 3 wins – Total points is 98 with an average of just under 33 PPG. There is something wrong with their attack here.
So if you notice that they have only managed 1 try in the first half and have not looked too dangerous, my advice is to make some live bets and get all over the opposition.
Sharks Preview – LWLLL
With only 1 win from their last 10 weeks how could anyone seriously tip them!? The one positive about the Sharks is that they have been consistent. They negative to that positive is that they have been losing consistently. The Problem with the Sharks for the last 5 years has been the lack of a half back or a 5/8. They thought they had a good combo earlier in the year, but since Albert Kelly has sustained his injury there has been a massive void. I wonder if Brett Kimmorley would consider returning.
Apart from the lack of halves the Sharks have a good side. Gallen will need to carry his origin form into this one to give them a chance. The other aspect of this clash is the return of Jeremy Smith. If the Sharks forward’s can control the speed of the game they may actually have a chance in this one.
The Bulldogs have still only lost 2 games at ANZ this year, those being against the teams who are IMO the most likely to meet in the Grand Final, i.e. Dragons and Eagles. The Bulldogs also love to beat a team in the bottom 8; this is another target for them. Bulldogs to get up and beat the spread.
Centrebet once again have the best odds for this if you are getting on the Bulldogs. For H2H they will be paying $1.48, as I mentioned the Bulldogs will cover the spread, which is currently sitting at -6 for $1.92.
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