NRL Round 2, 2018 Betting Preview and Tips

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Cronulla Sharks Vs St George Dragons Preview and Betting Tips

These two teams are close to even money with the Sharks giving away a -1.5 point start in the handicap betting market. The over/under points total stands at 38.  

The Dragons put in one of the top performances of the week last round, while the Sharks are back home from a tough away trip to North Queensland. The Sharks proved what many of us suspected, it’s going to take some time for their spine and in particular who plays fullback to be sorted. Dugan is expected to share the roll with Holmes, though I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays a large majority of the game there.

While the Dragons looked great, we feel they were somewhat flattered by a very poor Broncos. Playing the Sharks pack at home will be a much tougher assignment and give us all a better indication of where the Dragons are really at.

This is a local derby for these two teams. We expect the Sharks to bounce back and improve greatly, though expect a tight encounter which could fall either way.

 

Sydney Roosters Vs Canterbury Bulldogs Preview and Betting Tips

The Roosters start as firm favourites with the bookmakers at $1.35 in the head-to-head market and at -9.5 in the handicap betting market.

The Roosters are coming off a shock loss to the Tigers in their season opener. The team looked flat and struggled with their new halves combination and fullback. We expect a much-improved performance, greatly boosted by Luke Keary at five-eighth who will add speed on the left side and a sense of familiarity to the halves.

The Bulldogs were somewhat impressive, scoring 18 points against the Storm, yet were ultimately unsuccessful. They will draw positives from that game and look to come out hard against the more fancied Roosters. We expect this to be a tough battle and potentially a low scoring affair between two teams both looking to settle under new systems.

 

Brisbane Broncos Vs Nth Queensland Cowboys Preview and Betting Tips

The Cowboys start as favourites with the bookmakers at $1.58 in the head-to-head market and at -4 in the handicap betting market.

A massive Qld derby for these two clubs, with four of their last six matches having gone to golden point, and one other being decided by a single point.

The Cowboys come into the clash as favourites having seen off the Sharks last week while the Broncos were basically the dud team of round 1. The Broncos were atrocious trying to maintain possession of the ball and were made to look pretty ordinary by a strong Dragons pack.

The Broncos play at home for the first time in 2018 and will be fired up for this game. The Cowboys though, look to be the much better team and should be able to pull away.

 

New Zealand Warriors Vs Gold Coast Titans Preview and Betting Tips

The Warriors start as favourites with the bookmakers at $1.40 in the head-to-head market and at -9.5 in the handicap betting market.

The Warriors play their first home game of the season after coming off a rampaging win all the way over in Perth. This was a fit, determined and enthusiastic Warriors like we haven’t seen for some time. The Titans showed great distain for goal line defence last week, allowing three easy and early tries to the Raiders. The Titans did hit back however, ultimately winning with a try from the last play of the game.  

The latest news indicates that the Titans will be without their key playmaker Ash Taylor. If the Warriors bring any of the form they showed last week, we should see them easily clear the line.

Line Tip: Warriors -9.5 @ $1.87 – William Hill

 

Penrith Panther Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview and Betting Tips

The Panthers start as Favourites with the bookmakers at $1.40 in the head-to-head market and at -8.5 in the handicap betting market. The over/under points total stands at 44.5

South Sydney face a tough away match in Penrith without halfback Adam Reynolds. While Penrith’s forward pack looked brutal last week in their come-from-behind victory over the Eels.

The Rabbitohs will be looking to bounce back after a tough opening round against the Warriors, though history shows they have won only 8 of 9 matches the weeks after playing in Perth. If this is a battle through the middle Penrith will win easily, attack the edges and we might have an interesting match.

 

Melbourne Storm Vs Wests Tigers Preview and Betting Tips

The Storm start as strong favourites with the bookmakers at $1.16 in the head-to-head market and at -15.5 points in the handicap betting market.

Billy Slater is back for the Storm and playing his 300th game in the Premiers first home game this season. Storm turn it on for big occasions like no other team. Not only do they always win big milestone matches, but they normally win big. The Tigers will be encouraged after their upset victory over the Roosters and looking to show it was no fluke. Tigers will look to stay in the grind and get up and in the face of the Storm.

Tigers have been an unders team ever since Ivan Cleary took over, improving their defence dramatically. We expect this game to be 4 or 5 Storm tries to 1 or 2 Tigers, and as such like the points total at under 44.5.

Total Tip: Under 44.5 @ 1.87 – Bet365

 

Manly Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels Preview and Betting Tips

These two teams are close to even money with Manly giving away a -1.5 point start in the handicap betting market. The over/under points total stands at 41.5. 

Two teams who are both looking to record their first win this week and would very much feel they should have won their respective matches last week. On paper these two teams looking evenly matched. We expect Manly will be wanting to see more of Tom Trbojevic running around the ruck, while Eels will be wanting to give some of their star backline players more room.

A tight contest, in which we think the Eels should be just a little better.

H2H Tip: Eels @ $2.05 – Sportsbet           

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Canberra Raiders Vs Newcastle Knights Preview and Betting Tips

The Raiders start as favourites with the bookmakers at $1.62 in the head-to-head market and at -3.5 points in the handicap betting market.

The Raiders looked strong last week, crashing over for three easy tries before showing that not much has changed and letting an 18-nil lead slip away. The Knights were tough at home, though we have questions over whether they can produce this form every week, particularly away from home.

We like the Raiders here.

Line Tip: Raiders -3.5 @ 1.92 – Crownbet

 

NRL Betting Tips Summary

Line Tip: Warriors -9.5 @ $1.87 – William Hill

Total Tip: Under 44.5 @ 1.87 – Bet365

H2H Tip: Eels @ $2.05– Sportsbet

Line Tip: Raiders -3.5 @ 1.92 – Crownbet

             

 

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