NRL Round 18 ‘Pick of the Week’

July 9, 2015 by Posted in Betting Tips, NRL Tips


If you’re still a little hungover after a big Saturday night, not to worry we’ve got you covered with a little Sunday arvo footy. This week the Cronulla Sharks are hosting the St George Illawarra Dragons

From 35 starts, the Dragons have won 18, the Sharks have 16 and one game resulted in a tie.

The sharks lost last week, but were certainly on a role before that, claiming the scalps of competition leaders the Cowboys and the Roosters. On the other hand, the Dragons seem to have lost their way, going down to the Eels, the Cowboys and the Roosters in the past three weeks.

Have the Dragons peaked for season 2015?
We don’t think so.

Injury has played its part with the Dragons in recent weeks. This week, however, the Dragons have six of their best returning – Jason Nightingale returns to the wing, Will Matthews is back from suspension, Joel Thompson back from injury and Heath L’estrange is back on the pine. Of course, they’ve also been missing Josh Dugan and Trent Merrin because of the Origin. Despite a tough game on Wednesday night we’re expecting Dugan back in the side, while Merrin has unfortunately been suspended.

The Sharks, meanwhile, welcome back Captian Paul Gallen, and Hooker Michael Ennis both coming from Origin Game III. The sharks have lost Chris Heignington to suspension and Pat Politoni is also unavailable. In recent weeks Andrew Fifita has been in superb form averaging 152 metres and 31 tackles, he even crossed the line twice last week and once the week before. Overall the sharks are slowly building on their woeful form from last season with a scoring average of 17.67 – 6 points higher than this time last season.

This one’s shaping up to be a battle of wills. The Dragons are set to make a revival with all their inclusions and the Sharks have the old faithful down at Remondis stadium.

Statistically the teams are pretty even. We think the tipping point is the reshuffle at the Dragons. It will be a close fight for the whole 80 Minutes, but in the end the St George Illawarra Dragons will leave victorious.

TIP: St. George Dragons by 1-12 – $3.35 at Luxbet



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