NRL Preview and Sports Betting Tips 2016: World Club Series
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World Club Series Recommended Bet List
St Helens +8.5 (vs Roosters)
Broncos -4.5 (vs Wigan)
Cowboys -12.5 (vs Leeds)
St Helens vs Roosters
Saturday 7am Sydney Time
Likely wet conditions
St Helens started season with a solid win only to be flogged by Salford in Round 2. They are missing their best player in hooker James Roby and strike centre Mark Percival. Embarrassed by the Bunnies in this comp last year and off the back of a defeat last week expect a positive reaction. Player to watch is prop Alex Walmsley who is possibly the best prop in Super League.
Roosters best team list of last yr now to be without 6 high quality players (RTS, Maloney, Jennings, JWH, Cordner, Pearce). Look all over the place (especially in backs and thru spine. Asst. “coach” (water boy) Steve Macnanmara quoted last night…”We haven’t trained together a lot or played. We’re going in a little unknown but we are a strong club & looking forward to it.”
I made Roosters -4.5
Market has it -8.5
I want to be with St Helens with the start +8.5
Wigan vs Broncos
Sunday 7am Sydney Time
Likely very wet conditions
Wigan were absolutely ordinary in attack in opening 2 games of SL although have won both. Exciting young half back Geroge Williams should return having missed Round 2 at Huddersfield. Will be without key man Sam Tomkins (knee). They have an outstanding (and very proud) Home record, near impossible to beat here, Broncos one of the only teams to do so in this game last yr.
Broncos treated this game seriously last yr, near full strength line up, team to beat in the NRL this coming season expect we will see some of that here.
I made it Broncos -6.5 although heavy wet conditions might make it a touch closer.
Market has it -4.5
I want to be with Broncos at -4.5 to have too much class and attack
Leeds vs Cowboys
Monday 6am Sydney Time
Looks likely another quite wet track and if so won’t suit Leeds normal style of play.
Leeds have been significantly weakened through the offseason with the retirements of inspirational leaders in Peacock and Sinfield. They have lost both opening games (favourites for both) with the second encounter an absolute flogging 12-56. They will be missing a host of key men, notably, their captain McGuire, Briscoe, Ablett, & Ward. Noted Oz imports Adam Cuthbertson and Beau Fallon (should he play after injury).
Again we have a wet forecast which doesn’t really suit Leeds who like to play a very free offloading game centred around Cuthbertson.
Leeds player to watch is Kallum Watkins (centre) who many suggest should be playing NRL
While the Cowboys may still be under done and preparing for a season start in a few weeks time they do look to get Leeds at the right time and very much short of their best with at least 6 players out of the side that won everything last season.
Cowboys to be too strong, expect a 3 to 5 try winning margin.
I made it Cowboys -14.5
Market has it -12.5
I want to be with Cowboys -12.5 to be winning with some comfort
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