THE third placed Sydney Roosters will take on the fifth placed New Zealand Warriors at Allianz Stadium at 2pm on Sunday afternoon for what is arguably the most highly-anticipated clash in round 19.
Just seven rounds of the regular season remain as teams charge towards the finals in September and a log-jam of sides make up the top eight, adding to the pressure of this clash.
Both teams have been on fire of late, with the Roosters looking for their sixth straight win and the Warriors chasing their fourth consecutive victory. Trent Robinson’s side smashed the Panthers by 24 points to 4 last week, while Andrew McFadden’s men secured another win at home, defeating the Storm 28 points to 14.
The Sydney Roosters will welcome back Aiden Guerra and the Warriors have named Jacob Lillian in the starting 13, however still haven’t named star players Manu Vatuvei, Konrad Hurrell and Ryan Hoffman who are all recovering from injuries.
The New Zealand side has the edge of over the Sydney Roosters by 17 victories to 14 in their all-time match-ups and also possess a solid record at Allianz Stadium, winning 8 of 13 appearances.
The Sydney Roosters are all the rage in the head-to-head summary, with Sportsbet.com.au and Crownbet.com.au offering the best of the markets at $1.28. New Zealand fans will be licking their lips with juicy odds provided by Crownbet.com.au of $3.80.
The line is +10.5 to the New Zealand Warriors and Luxbet.com.au are offering the best odds for the Roosters at $1.96, while the Warriors’ are $1.92 with Crownbet.com.au.
Roosters (1-12) $3.15 at Crownbet.com.au
Roosters (13+) $2.10 at Crownbet.com.au and Luxbet.com.au
Warriors (1-12) $5.35 at Luxbet.com.au
Warriors (13+) $11.00 at Luxbet.com.au and Sportsbet.com.au
Roosters/Warriors – $12.50 at Luxbet.com.au
Roosters/Roosters – $1.55 at Crownbet.com.au
Warriors/Roosters – $7.75 at Crownbet.com.au
Warriors/Warriors – $6.30 at Luxbet.com.au
Shaun Kenny-Dowall is the most favoured try-scorer for both sides at $8.00 with Crownbet.com.au and punters can get $8.25 for him to score the first-try of the second half at Luxbet.com.au. Kenny-Dowall has crossed the white-line 13 times so far this season. Daniel Tupou is always in the mix for first-try scorer, paying $9.00 at Sportsbet.com.au.
Some other key players include:
Michael Jennings (Roosters) – $10.00 at Crownbet.com.au
Blake Ferguson (Roosters) – $11.00 at Crownbet.com.au
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Roosters) – $13.00 at Sportsbet.com.au
Tuimoala Lolohea (Warriors) – $13.00 at Sportsbet.com.au
Tuimoala Lolohea (Warriors) – $17.00 at Luxbet.com.au
David Fusitua (Warriors) – $17.00 at Luxbet.com.au
A bet on the Sydney Roosters looks most favourable for this match, for extra value try taking total match points over 38.5 and a Roosters victory, paying $2.40 at Crownbet.com.au.
Another juicy wager is Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to score the first-try of the game and the Roosters to win, paying $15.00 at Crownbet.com.au. Tuivasa-Sheck is also in a try-scoring match-up with Warrior Sam Tomkins, paying $3.25 with Crownbet.com.au.