NRL Round 9 Footy Tips
Sharks vs Cowboys
Expect a fiery clash as Cronulla Sharks look to avenge last year’s finals loss against North Queensland Cowboys. Sharks’ recent form, consecutive wins, and Kennedy’s try-scoring prowess make them favourites.
The Cowboys’ recent win boosts their confidence, but their record in Cronulla isn’t promising. However, considering the Sharks’ strong record against the Cowboys, the match is leaning in their favour.
Anticipate a close game with both teams scoring tries. Expect key players like Kennedy, Katoa, and Mulitalo to step up for the Sharks, Feldt and Taulagi to respond for the Cowboys.
In a tight contest, Cronulla should prevail with a final score of 26-20. So sharks fans, get ready for a thrilling victory!
Betting Tip: Sharks
Suggested Bet: Sharks WINNING MARGIN 1-12
Eels vs Knights
Parramatta Eels face Newcastle Knights, both desperate for a win. The Eels have injury concerns, but their five-match winning streak against the Knights gives them an edge.
Knights, despite recent losses, show improvement in 2023. Expect a close match, with Ponga’s presence adding firepower.
Notable players like Matterson, Penisini, and Sivo will likely shine for the Eels, while Marzhew and Young will respond for the Knights.
Predict a tight, gritty encounter with recent low-scoring night matches in mind. Expect Eels to edge out Knights, 18-12.
Betting Tip: Eels
Suggested Bet: Eels WINNING MARGIN 1-12
Broncos vs Rabbitohs
Brisbane Broncos take on South Sydney Rabbitohs in a thrilling match-up, both teams coming off impressive wins. Broncos’ recent form and Friday night record bode well for them.
However, Rabbitohs’ stunning comeback last week showcases their determination and premiership potential. Tatola’s return strengthens their pack.
Key players to watch: Broncos’ Cobbo, Capewell, Riki, and Farnworth, and Rabbitohs’ Mitchell, Walker, and Graham. Expect tries and an intense clash.
Despite the Broncos’ recent success, Rabbitohs’ talent and resilience may prove too strong. Nevertheless, expect the Rabbitohs to edge out the Broncos in a high-scoring thriller, 28-24.
Betting Tip: Rabbitohs
Suggested Bet: Rabbitohs WINNING MARGIN 1-12
Raiders vs Dolphins
Canberra Raiders face the Dolphins, both coming off impressive wins. Raiders aim to maintain momentum, but Wighton’s upcoming departure may impact their focus.
Dolphins, with a remarkable comeback last week, show resilience and tenacity. The first clash saw the Dolphins triumph, adding pressure on the Raiders.
Key players to watch: Raiders’ Young, Rapana, and Kris, and Dolphins’ Tabuai-Fidow and Isaako. Expect an exciting match with plenty of points scored.
The Raiders’ history of post-bye wins could be crucial. However, the Dolphins’ recent form and fighting spirit make them a serious threat.
In a close battle, predict Dolphins to edge out Raiders with a narrow 24-20 victory.
Betting Tip: Dolphins
Suggested Bet: Dolphins WINNING MARGIN 1-12
Sea Eagles vs Titans
Gold Coast Titans face Manly Sea Eagles, with Titans eager to bounce back after a historic collapse. Manly enjoys a two-match winning streak, sitting second on the ladder.
Titans have a poor away record, but with high-scoring games at 4 Pines Park, expect a points bonanza. However, manly’s strong home record gives them an edge.
Key players to watch: Manly’s Garrick, Trbojevic, and Olakauatu, and Titans’ Fifita and Brimson. Anticipate thrilling tries from both sides.
Despite Titans’ determination, Manly’s form and home advantage should secure their victory. Predict a high-scoring affair with Manly winning 34-24.
Betting Tip: Sea Eagles
Suggested Bet: Sea Eagles WINNING MARGIN 1-12
Panthers vs Wests Tigers
Wests Tigers face Penrith Panthers in Bathurst, with Tigers desperate for a win after their worst season start since 2005. The Panthers are keen to bounce back after losing to the Bunnies.
The Tigers have a 12-match losing streak, while Panthers have a strong record against them. Expect a low-scoring game with Penrith covering the line.
Key players to watch: Panthers’ Peachey, To’o, Crichton, and Luai, and Tigers’ Utoikamanu. These players will be influential in scoring tries.
With the Tigers’ poor form and Panthers’ determination to avenge their recent loss, Penrith should dominate. Predict a 28-10 win for the Panthers.
Betting Tip: Panthers
Suggested Bet: Panthers Anytime Try Scorer – Brian To’o
Warriors vs Roosters
Sydney Roosters are up against the New Zealand Warriors, boasting a six-match winning streak against the Warriors. However, Sydney struggles as an away favourite, often failing to cover the line.
Expect a low-scoring match at Mt Smart Stadium, with total points likely under 43.5.
However, keep an eye on key players: Roosters Suaalii, Tupouniua, Tedesco, and Warriors Vailea and Egan, with impressive try-scoring records.
Given the Roosters’ recent dominance over the Warriors, they should secure another victory. However, it may be closer than expected. Predicting a Roosters win, 22-18.
Betting Tip: Roosters
Suggested Bet: Roosters WINNING MARGIN 1-12
Dragons vs Bulldogs
St. George Illawarra Dragons have a strong record at WIN Stadium, winning their last six matches there.
Their home advantage should help them secure a win over the struggling Canterbury Bulldogs.
The match will likely be a low-scoring affair, with total points expected to be under 40.5. Canterbury’s recent form shows they’ve had difficulty in both halves of their last three matches.
Considering the Dragons’ impressive ability to cover the line in 11 of their last 13 home matches, expect them to overcome the -3.5 line against the Bulldogs. Predicting a Dragons victory, 24-16.
Betting Tip: Dragons
Suggested Bet: Dragons WINNING MARGIN 1-12
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