Wed, Jun 30, 4:27pm by Kevin Pitstock
Last week tipsters from all around Australia were having trouble coming up with a winner. We only got 2/8 in our round 16 betting article, and we weren’t alone on that count. The away teams came out on top of the close matches, leaving punters scratching their heads.
This week it doesn’t get any easier with the split round in play because of representative football. State Of Origin Game 3 betting is now available if you want to have a punt on that. Here are the NRL round 17 team lineups.
The Broncos got back in winning form with a tough away victory against a toothless Parramatta team. In a match that wasn’t particularly entertaining from an attacking sense, the Broncos came out on top.
The Tigers string of victories in recent weeks came to a shuddering halt against the table topping Dragons. The Tigers have still not beaten a top 8 team this season and many are calling them pretenders.
With SOO game 3 on and the Broncos missing many of their stars like Lockyer and Thaiday, this is the Tigers’ best chance yet to secure a victory over a top 8 team. They don’t have any SOO players, and will be close to full strength.
Odds today come courtesy of Centrebet Australia.
Broncos Vs Tigers Odds
The Tigers should get up in this one despite being away from home at Suncorp Stadium. They aren’t affected by the SOO and they have the firepower to put away a diminished Broncos outfit.
My tip is for the Tigers to get up by 13+ in this one paying $2.95.
Yet again we have a team playing their home game at a stadium that doesn’t give them a home ground advantage. The Sharks are playing their home game at Blue Tongue stadium on the Central Coast of NSW this week.
Cronulla did well to fight back and win in extra time against the Cowboys in round 16, but this week they will struggle with their stars out for the Blues. Playmaker Trent Barrett will be out, along with Paul Gallen and Kade Snowden. They’ll really struggle this week.
The Bulldogs finally notched up a win on Monday night at a freezing cold Canberra stadium. The Raiders missed their opportunity, with their halves giving up the game to Canterbury.
The Doggies do seem to be on the improve here though and will have Ben Hannant available. I think they’ll be far too tough this weekend, even though they haven’t performed well this season and the Sharks have been playing well in recent weeks.
Sharks Vs Bulldogs Odds
My prediction is for the Bulldogs to win against the Sharks at Blue Tongue stadium. I’m going to throw caution to the win by betting head to head in a multi. These two teams have been far too unpredictable this season for safely bet that the Bulldogs will win 13+.
These two teams were bitterly disappointing last week and both should have won, the Roosters especially. They were well ahead against the Warriors and did well to lose the match. This week they’ll be without play maker and half back Mitchell Pearce, who they’ll sorely miss.
The Raiders did themselves no justice against the Bulldogs last week. They started poorly and their halves let the team down. If they are to win this match the halves need to step up to the plate.
This game is being played at Canberra stadium again and might well prove the difference in a close encounter. Remember though, the Roosters have a trend of win/loss this season. After losing last week, they are due for a win this week.
Raiders vs Roosters Betting
I’m going to have to go with the Raiders in a close one because of two factors; the home ground advantage and the fact that Pearce is out is enough to make me tip the Raiders. The Roosters have pulled off some upsets away from home this season, the win against the Titans at the Gold Coast Springs to mind.
In a match that could go either way, the Roosters look like good value. I’m going to have to predict a Raiders win though, in a tight contest.
EDIT: One of our punters brought up a good point in the comments section of this article. Last time the Roosters played without Peace they won and have had a great recent record against the Raiders. That coupled with the fact the Raiders can’t buy a point at the moment, I’m predicting an upset in this match. They are paying $2.35 on Sportingbet.
The Warriors somehow managed to get the two points last week against an on fire Roosters team. The conditions were nothing short of shocking and you couldn’t even see the lines on the field.
That being said, the Eels were painful to watch in attack. Their halves simply have to go. They might fire up this week on the back on public pressure put on them in the media, but I don’t believe we are going to see the same run to the finals we saw in 2009.
The Eels have the second best defense in the league and are still in the top 4 to win the premiership. Seems a little too unrealistic for me.
Warriors vs Eels Betting
With the loss of Jarryd Hayne the Eels attack is going to struggle even more. That, coupled with the match being played in New Zealand is going to prove a nightmare for them.
Get on the Warriors in this one.
The most eagerly anticipated clash of the NRL 2010 season has been ruined by the State Of Origin Series. We aren’t going to get a good indication if the Panthers are for real this season because both teams are well short of their full strength.
In the grand scheme of things, this game doesn’t really matter a great deal. If both sides continue playing as they have been, they’ll sow up the top two spots in no time.
Dragons Vs Panthers Betting
Last time the Dragons had to play during the State Of Origin this season they lost to the Raiders at home. The Panthers are good value because this game is hard to predict and either team is capable of winning.
The Panthers are without the likes of their key men like Civoniceva, Gordon, Jennnings and their injured halfback. The Dragons are without Weyman, Cooper, Scott and Costigan.
I can’t back against the Dragons in this one, being at home and playing against a team that rely so heavily on their stars. Mark Gasnier should make his return in this match and could provide the impetus the Dragons need in a much changed lineup.
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