ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Monday 8th June 2015, 4.00pm EST.
WHAT a game to cap-off the long weekend.
The Bulldogs welcome back captain courageous, James Graham, however lost Tony Williams for the season in a training mishap during the week. Canterbury’s coach Des Hasler is yet to name a replacement, with the news disappointing for fans as ’T-Rex’ had been exuding some good in his past few matches. Rumours are circling that talented fullback Brett Morris will make a return from injury, looking to boost his selection chances ahead of origin two.
St George Illawarra Dragons are flying high on top of the table, annihilating the Cronulla Sharks last week, 42 points to 6. Paul Mcgregor’s side have only gone down once this year – to South Sydney back in round nine – and William Hill are offering $11.00 for Dragons fans who believe they can take out the premiership.
These two sides have met on 28 occasions, with the Bulldogs leading the victory count 17 to 11.
Des Hasler’s men also have a slight better win percentage at ANZ Stadium of 56%, compared to the Dragons 52%.
The head-to-head markets are fluctuating with most betting providers, with Luxbet.com.au providing the best value for St George at $1.94 and Canterbury fans can secure $1.95 with sportsbet.com.au in the outright market.
The line is +1 to the Bulldogs at $1.92 with crownbet.com.au.
Bulldogs (1-12) $3.20 at williamhill.com.au
Bulldogs (13+) $4.35 at sportsbet.com.au
Dragons (1-12) $3.50 at williamhill.com.au
Dragons (13+) $4.50 at luxbet.com.au
If Brett Morris returns in this game, Canterbury’s back-line will be reignited to score plenty of points. Winger Curtis Rona is most favoured for the blue and whites at $10 with Luxbet.com.au and fellow winger Jason Nightingale is the Dragon’s most popular option at $11 with Williamhill.com.au.
Sam Perrett (Bulldogs) $15.00 at Crownbet.com.au, $3.25 to score at any stage
Corey Thompson (Bulldogs) $12.00
Josh Morris (Bulldogs) $12.00, $2.50 to score at any stage
Moses Mbye (Bulldogs) $17.00
Eto Nabuli (Dragons) $11.00, $2.20 to score at any stage
Josh Dugan (Dragons) $13.00, $2.50 to score at any stage
Euan Aitken (Dragons) $15.00
Peter Mata’utia (Dragons) $15.00
Other Exotic Markets:
The half and full-time doubles always provide great value for punters looking for options other than head-to-head and line markets.
Surprisingly, a majority of the money has come for the Bulldogs’ to lead from start to finish, paying $2.75 with Crownbet.com.au.
Punters who believe St George will make a comeback in the second-half can get $8.90 with Luxbet.com.au.
St George are paying $2.90 with Crownbet.com.au to win both halves and if Bulldogs fans believe they can make a comeback will get $8.70 from Luxbet.com.au.
As always, most betting companies offer individual score predictor odds for punters which can provide a far greater return than the 1-12 and 13+ margins.
With both teams fielding stunning back-lines, the winner/total points market is worth having a look at. For Bulldogs victory and >38.5 points, Crownbet.com.au are offering $3.60 and Dragons/>38.5 paying $3.70.
Crownbet.com.au also offer some enticing odds on first-try scorer and overall winner odds. For Curtis Rona to score the first-try and the Bulldogs to win is paying $12.00, while the best double the Dragons appears to be Josh Dugan to score the first-try, along with a Dragons victory at $21.00.
With origin two selection just around the corner, individual performances will be heavily scruitinized tomorrow, along with the all important two competition points on offer for the winner.
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Sydney Roosters vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
When: Friday, 18th September, 8:00pm
Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
TWO of Sydney’s heavyweights come together as the minor premiership winners, the Sydney Roosters, find themselves in the tricky situation of do-or-die football.
Despite having the best record in the NRL throughout the regular season, losing to the Melbourne Storm in week one of the finals has put the Roosters in a must-win situation. A loss means they will crash and burn out of the finals, just like they did last year.
Looking to add to Sydney’s woe is Canterbury, which narrowly escaped with a win against the Dragons last week.
The Bulldogs boast a very impressive forward pack which could capitalise on the injury-troubled Roosters forwards, so expect a huge game this Friday night – punters don’t seem to know which way this will go.
Roosters vs. Bulldogs betting
Roosters – $1.38
Bulldogs – $3.15 at CrownBet.com.au
The Roosters opened up at $1.40 and were initially well supported into $1.36, but 50 percent of the money has since come for the Bulldogs, which has seen both prices move.
Punters of the Bulldogs have no injury concerns to worry about and Lloyd Perrett has been added to an extended bench for the meantime.
The Roosters welcome back Mitchell Pearce which is a massive inclusion for them after looking average at best in the halves against the Storm. There is an injury concern surrounding Boyd Cordener, who suffered a hip injury last week, but he is expected to play.
In terms of the head-to-head betting, we expect a lot of multi-bets to be running through the Roosters and the Cowboys, which play on Saturday night.
The straight money will continue to come for the Bulldogs which are great value at $3.15 with Sportsbet.com.au considering they’re coming off a win and the Roosters are coming off a loss.
The best bet in this game comes in the points start market where the Bulldogs are getting more than a converted try in their favour.
Roosters (-8) – $1.91
Bulldogs (+8) – $1.91 at CrownBet.com.au
As we witnessed last week, three of the four NRL games were decided by less than five points which makes the +8 for the Bulldogs look like a very good bet.
We’re not overly keen with form of Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds – he continually puts up high bombs with no general direction – but we do fancy the likes of the Morris brothers, Curtis Rona, Tim Lafai and that’s not even mentioning their impressive forward pack.
All the pressure is on the Roosters and we think the Bulldogs are experienced enough to take full advantage of that.
Team lineups and first tryscorer odds
Not many changes in the lineups this week. Bulldogs second rower Frank Pritchard has escaped a suspension after using his knees to make a tackle against the Dragons.
Mitchell Pearce comes back into the Roosters side which forces Jackson Hastings to the bench. Both sides remain unchanged otherwise.
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – $12
2. Daniel Tupou – $8.50
3. Michael Jennings – $12 at Sportsbet.com.au
4. Blake Ferguson – $12
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall – $8.50
6. James Maloney – $23
7. Mitchell Pearce – $23
8. Sam Moa – $26
9. Jake Friend – $34
10. Dylan Napa – $41
11. Boyd Cordner – $17
12. Aidan Guerra – $23
13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho – $26
14. Jackson Hastings – $26
15. Isaac Liu – $34
16. Kane Evans – $26
17. Mitch Aubusson – $20
1. Brett Morris – $15
2. Curtis Rona – $8.50
3. Josh Morris – $18
4. Tim Lafai – $23
5. Sam Perrett – $17
6. Josh Reynolds – $26
7. Moses Mbye – $41 at Sportsbet.com.au
8. Aiden Tolman – $76
9. Damien Cook – $41
10. James Graham – $51
11. Josh Jackson – $41
12. Frank Pritchard – $26
13. Greg Eastwood – $51
14. Sam Kasiano – $51
15. Shaun Lane – $23
16. David Klemmer – $76
17. Tim Browne – $76
Roosters vs. Bulldogs tips and predictions
The Roosters have held sway over the Bulldogs in recent encounters, but the Roosters are coming off a loss against the Storm and their confidence would have taken a blow.
The Bulldogs enter this game on a lengthy winning streak, but many experts are questioning the level of opposition they have faced.
They have beaten teams such as the Titans, Rabbitohs, Knights, Warriors and Dragons, so not exactly top teams, but winning form is good form.
We’re expecting a tough forward battle and if the Bulldogs bigs can keep up with the quicker tempo that the Roosters will likely play, they have a real shot of causing an upset.
There isn’t much trust in the Roosters after they are showing signs of bombing like last year, but expect a better performance on Friday.
We think the Roosters win at $1.38, but only narrowly so taking the Bulldogs +8 at Sportsbet is the best option.
7pm, Monday 29th June, 2015 from Belmore Sports Ground.
WHAT a brilliant spectacle this will be!
The Bulldogs return to their stomping ground at Belmore for the first time in 17 years and the club couldn’t have dreamed of a better match-up than the Melbourne Storm.
Des Hasler’s men have really hit form in their past couple of clashes, with the rock-solid combination of Moses Mbye and Josh Reynolds being separated this week for the return of NSW State of Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson.
Josh Reynolds will move to the bench in jumper 17, with Hasler sure to repeat his genius interchange plan of introducing Reynolds in the last 20 minutes of the match.
The Bulldogs also welcome back fullback Brett Morris, while the Melbourne Storm have made no changes from last week.
There is plenty of speculation surrounding the late-inclusion of halfback Cooper Cronk, who returned to training this week from a knee injury.
These two teams have met on 35 occasions, with the Bulldogs having the upper hand with 19 wins. The Storm have only played once at Belmore Sports Ground and lost.
Craig Bellamy’s side have a record of eight wins from 14 games this season and the Bulldogs have won seven. Melbourne will be looking to break a two-game losing streak, while the Bulldogs are on a roll, having won four of their past five matches.
Bulldogs vs. Storm betting summary
Canterbury are the heavy favourites with all betting agencies and Crownbet.com.au is offering the best odds for the blue and whites at $1.53. The Melbourne Storm are huge odds at $2.60 with both Sportsbet.com.au and Luxbet.com.au.
Surprisingly, punters are favouring the Bulldogs by a margin of 13+, with Crownbet.com.au offering the best odds of $2.95. These odds could fluctuate, depending on the inclusion of Storm halfback Cooper Cronk.
Bulldogs (1-12) $3.05 at crownbet.com.au
Bulldogs (13+) $2.95 at crownbet.com.au
Storm (1-12) $3.95 at luxbet.com.au
Storm (13+) $7.35 at luxbet.com.au
First try-scorer markets
There are many slick backs in both sides, providing an enticing and quite difficult first-try scorer market.
Bulldogs winger Curtis Rona continued his outstanding try-scoring record in last week’s match and has now crossed the white line 16 times this season, making him the highest try-scorer in the NRL. Luxbet.com.au are offering $7.45, with the most favoured first try-scorer for Melbourne Mahe Fonua, paying $12.00 with CrownBet and Sportsbet.
Rona is paying $1.62 with luxbet.com.au to score a try and Mahe Fonua is $2.50 at crownbet.com.au.
Other notable first-try scoring options include:
Brett Morris (Bulldogs) $10.00 at crownbet.com.au, to score a try $2.10 at sportsbet.com.au
Sam Perrett (Bulldogs) $11.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.30 at sportsbet.com.au
Josh Morris (Bulldogs) $14.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.30 at sportsbet.com.au
Timoteo Lafai (Bulldogs) $14.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.80 at sportsbet.com.au
Richie Kennar (Storm) $13.00 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au, to score a try $2.65 at crownbet.com.au
Will Chambers (Storm) $13.00 at crownbet.com.au, to score a try $2.65 at crownbet.com.au
Cameron Munster (Storm) $15.00 at crownbet.com.au, to score a try $3.00 at luxbet.com.au
Other exotic markets for the match
Crown bet is offering an enticing $7.50 for Rona to score the first try and the Bulldogs to be victorious.
Punters are investing their faith in the Bulldogs leading from start to finish, with Crownbet.com.au offering the best odds of agencies with $2.02 for the half/full-time double.
Other half and full-time doubles include:
Bulldogs/Storm – $9.00 at sportsbet.com.au
Storm/Bulldogs – $7.50 at luxbet.com.au
Storm/Storm – $3.75 at luxbet.com.au
As always, betting agencies offer their own individual line markets for all possible combinations.
This games result with significantly depend on the inclusion of Cooper Cronk, so monitor team changes on Monday night closely and place your bets accordingly.
STATE of Origin Two is done and dusted and now we can move onto the 15th round of the NRL this weekend which features a Super Saturday triple-header.
The week kicks off this Friday when the Tigers take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval where Daly Cherry-Evans will try and silence his critics after an ordinary performance on Wednesday.
Saturday will see the Raiders take on the Cowboys at GIO Stadium, the Gold Coast Titans vs. the New Zealand Warriors up in the Sunshine State, while the Bulldogs will meet the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium.
Sunday footy features another two good games. Many of Queensland’s Origin stars will return for the Melbourne vs Broncos game, with the Dragons set to do battle with the Roosters later that night.
The Eels and the Rabbitohs have a bye this week, giving both teams a chance to have a much needed rest.
Sea Eagles vs. Tigers
Friday, June 19, 7:45pm, Brookvale Oval
Sea Eagles – $1.45 (-6.5)
Tigers – $2.75 (+6.5)
Bookmakers appear to be confident with the Sea Eagles this week, opening as very short favourites at $1.45, despite their poor record this season.
Daly Cherry-Evans will be looking to rebound after an extremely disappointing State of Origin Two where he looked hesitant and under pressure.
He will be partnering Kieran Foran who returns and when you have players such as Steve Matai and Brett Stewart in the lineup, the Sea Eagles pose a big threat.
The Tigers time on paper appears to be talented, but as a team they simply don’t click. When you have James Tedesco, Luke Brooks and Aaron Woods in your side, you should be sitting in a much better position on the table.
They will have to click sooner or later so respect the +6.5 with bookmakers.
Tip: Tigers +6.5 ($1.90) at Sportsbet.com.au
Exotic: Tedesco to score first at $12
Raiders vs. Cowboys
Saturday, June 20th, 3:00pm, GIO Stadium
Raiders – $1.77 (-1.5)
Cowboys – $2.05 (+1.5)
If you’re wondering why the Cowboys are underdogs in this game, we don’t have the answers.
We understand that the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan will be tired, but they have been in franchise-best form and their come-from-behind win last time out was outstanding.
The Raiders have been going well, sitting 7th on the NRL ladder and their team is dangerous on paper, but they are still very inconsistent.
Strike players like Blake Austin and Sisa Waqa make the Raiders a difficult outfit to come up against and their home record is good, but we’ll take the value with the better team – the North Queensland Cowboys.
Tip: Cowboys to win ($2.05) at CrownBet.com.au
Exotic: Cowboys -3.5 at $2.46
Titans vs. Warriors
Saturday, June 20th, 5:35pm, Cbus Super Stadium
Titans – $2.05 (+1.5)
Warriors – $1.75 (-1.5)
This is a classic game between two sides looking to reignite their seasons. The Titans scored an impressive win last week, but that came up against a Bulldogs side missing their Origin players.
The Warriors on the other hand were unable to capitalise on the Sydney City Roosters missing their Origin players and that win will cost them big time.
They now face a tough road game against the Titans and if they’re not careful they will slip out of playoffs contention.
Ryan Hoffman returns after a strong Origin performance and we’ve giving the Warriors one last chance to save their season.
Tip: Warriors to win ($1.75)
Exotic: Vatuvei to score ($2.30) at WilliamHill.com.au
Bulldogs vs. Panthers
Saturday, June 20th, 7:35pm, ANZ Stadium
Bulldogs – $1.45 (-6.5)
Panthers – $2.75 (+6.5)
The Bulldogs showed everyone what their Origin players mean to them last week as they suffered a bad loss to the Gold Coast Titans.
But, with their stars back in the squad the bookmakers have quoted them at $1.45 over the Panthers which are struggling to find their 2015 identity.
The Panthers are however coming off a Round 14 bye and they welcome back Jamie Soward, the key to their attack. They do still have injury concerns with other players and that could be a major factor against the big Bulldogs pack.
Expect the Bulldogs to right the ship here and for their forwards to dominate through the middle.
Tip: Bulldogs to win at $1.45
Exotic: Greg Eastwood to score first ($26) at Sportsbet.com.au
Knights vs. Sharks
Sunday, June 21, 2:05pm, Hunter Stadium
Knights – $1.75 (-1.5)
Sharks – $2.05 (+1.5)
Paul Gallen suffered a rib injury in State of Origin last Wednesday, but he is listed for Sunday’s game at Hunter Stadium.
If he takes part in the game expect the Sharks price to say at $2.05, but if he pulls out then that price should drift out to somewhere around the $2.45 mark.
There isn’t much splitting these two teams as the bookmaker prices suggest, so keep checking in for the injury report and back the Sharks if Paul Gallen is playing.
Otherwise, we’re leaning towards a close contest and the fulltime draw could be the option.
Tip: Sharks to win at $2.05
Exotic: Fulltime draw ($23) at Sportsbet.com.au
Storm vs. Broncos
Sunday, June 21, 4:05pm, AAMI Park
Storm – $2 (+1.5)
Broncos – $1.80 (-1.5)
This is the highlight game of the round as the Storm welcome back their stars from Origin – including Billy Slater who was in doubt to play for the Storm for the rest of the season.
With Cooper Cronk still out, the Storm will rely on the likes of Slater and Cameron Smith who played well in Origin on Wednesday.
The Broncos on the other hand welcome Justin Hodges, Darius Boyd, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Josh McGuire, so there is plenty of experience back in their team.
It’s never easy to side with the team entering Storm territory, but we can’t help looking at the Broncos team on paper as it just looks so good!
Tip: Broncos to win ($1.80) at CrownBet.com.au
Exotic: Broncos +2.5 at $1.52
Dragons vs. Roosters
Monday, June 22, 7:00pm, Allianz Stadium
Dragons – $2.50 (+4.5)
Roosters – $1.53 (-4.5)
Another premier game to end the week as the high-flying Dragons take on the Roosters.
The Roosters scored a last minute try to down the Warriors last Saturday night and they were missing some key players in that game.
Michael Jennings, Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Pearce and Aidan Guerra all return for the Roosters and this all-Sydney game should provide some great excitement.
The Dragons have and are currently exceeding expectations, but don’t count them out towards the end of the season.
They have one of the best halves combinations in the league with Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall so they shouldn’t be overlooked here.
Tip: Roosters to win ($1.53) at Sportsbet.com.au
Exotic: Under 36.5 points
When: Sunday 14th June, 2015, 4pm
Where: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland
Weather: Possible Shower
IT IS that time again when we face a depleted weekend of football due to state of origin commitments, with game two set to be played on Wednesday.
Some sides have been allocated a bye this weekend, with a headache for other coaches who are forced to scrape a side together.
After weeks of frustration for Canterbury Bulldogs fans, last Monday we finally saw a glimpse of the 2014 side that roared through the finals series. Structured sets, trick-shot plays and creative backs saw the men from Belmore topple the Dragons by 13 points.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Des Hasler’s side, after James Graham succumbed to another injury and lasted just 15 minutes on the field. The biggest talking point of the match was the replacement of New South Wales origin halfback Trent Hodkinson, with Josh Reynolds and Moses Mbye inspiring the Dogs with a successful late field goal and converted try.
The Gold Coast Titans also come into this match on the back of a winning performance last week, successful against the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium by 27 points to 20. After a Tigers’ resurgence in the second-half, Neil Henry’s men showed great composure and focus to regain the lead and forced the Tigers out of the contest with a field goal.
The Bulldogs are missing halfback Trent Hodkinson, fullback Brett Morris, centre Josh Morris and forwards Josh Jackson and David Klemma. The Titans lose Nate Myles to state of origin commitments, along with Dave Taylor and Kane Elgey.
The Gold Coast outfit appear to have an edge over the Bulldogs, winning six of their 11 encounters and the Canterbury team have only been successful once at Cbus Stadium.
All the money has come for Canterbury in this match despite the absence of several key players, with all the major markets offering $1.70. Luxbet.com.au and Crownbet.com.au are offering $2.20 for the Titans.
The line is +2.5 to the Gold Coast Titans, with Luxbet.com.au and Crownbet.com.au offering $1.92 for either side.
Bulldogs (1-12) $3.10 at crownbet.com.au and sportsbet.com.au
Bulldogs (13+) $3.70 a crownbet.com.au
Titans (1-12) $3.60 at luxbet.com.au
Titans (13+) $5.60 at luxbet.com.au
Exotic markets aren’t restricted to these margins, with betting agencies offering odds on every possible result. Crownbet.com.au have margin markets for 1-6 points, 7-12, 13-18 an 19+, with every possibility paying at least $5.75 or better.
Although Canterbury are missing a lot of their try-scoring weapons including the Morris’ twins, winger Curtis Rona loves crossing the white line and is the league’s highest try-scorer with 13 for the year thus far.
Luxbet.com.au are offering enormous odds of $8.90 for Rona, with the most preferred players from the Titans being Anthony Don and David Mead at $10, also with luxbet.com.au.
Cory Thompson (Bulldogs) $9.25, to score a try $1.70 at luxbet.com.au
Tyrone Phillips (Bulldogs) $10.00, to score a try $1.91 at luxbet.com.au
Kevin Gordon (Titans) $10.50, to score a try $2.05 at luxbet.com.au
Tim Lafai (Bulldogs) $10.50 (luxbet.com.au), to score a try $2.25 at crownbet.com.au
Jacob Loko (Bulldogs) $11.50, to score a try $2.10 at luxbet.com.au
Sam Perrett (Bulldogs) $11.50 (luxbet.com.au), to score a try $3.00 at crownbet.com.au.
A penalty goal to be the first-scoring play for either side is at juicy odds of $13.00 with crownbet.com.au.
The half and full time double favours Canterbury leading all the way, paying $2.25, also with crownbet.
Titans/Titans $3.10 at crownbet.com.au
Bulldogs/Titans $7.25 at crownbet.com.au
Titans/Bulldogs $6.50 at crownbet.com.au
Punters who believe Canterbury winger Curtis Rona can continue his sensational try-scoring ability can get $12.00 for a Rona first try and Bulldogs to win double at crownbet.com.au.
There are enticing odds available on a number of different player and overall result combinations.
Sportsbet.com.au are offering $3.75 for the winning team, including the line margin of +2.5 to the Titans or -2.5 to the Canterbury side, plus the total match points.
This contest appears to be closer than a lot of people are predicting, with both sides coming off great wins last week. The two-points on offer in this match are crucial as both teams make their way through the gruelling origin period.