There's another great round of action on the way for the 2019 NRL season. Matta91 is back to preview all eight games over the weekend and give his betting tips here! The round gets underway Thursday night with the Roosters vs Dragons game, followed by the Storm vs Warriors fixture.
Round 7 starts on Anzac Day as the traditional rivalry between the Roosters and Dragons continues at the SCG. Both sides are in great form at the moment so this should be a cracking contest. The Dragons have won 4 in a row since starting 0-2 and the Roosters are 5-0 since a Round 1 loss. Last week, Sydney played in golden point thriller against the Storm and Mitchell nailed a 40m field goal. Meanwhile, the Dragons rallied against the Sea Eagles for a 2 point win. In the head to head, the Roosters are 3-1 SU but the Dragons won the last Anzac Day clash 24-8. The Roosters are 2-4 ATS when playing the Dragons in day games so look for a close battle with St. George covering the line.
AAMI Park hosts the annual Anzac Day clash between the Storm and Warriors on Thursday night. Melbourne has dominated this day with a 6-2 record since 2010 and that includes a 50-10 thrashing last year. Following a 21-20 home loss against the Roosters, Melbourne should be fired up here. Meanwhile, the Warriors were poor at home last time out, losing to the Cowboys by 7. The line is set fairly high for this matchup but the trend does say Melbourne win this easily. They're 4-1 ATS when playing back to back home games and 5-1 ATS against the Warriors at any venue. New Zealand are just 6-15 ATS as an away team in night games.
A tight battle is expected on Friday night with the 1-5 Bulldogs hosting the 2-4 Cowboys at ANZ. The Bulldogs need to find some attacking options after scoring 10 total points in their last 2. Meanwhile, the Cowboys recorded a crucial win over in NZ against the Warriors 17-10. Both sides are ranked in the bottom 4 for points scored so this shapes as a low scoring contest. The Bulldogs have an interesting 1-9 Unders record in April and they hold a 4-2 Unders record against the Cowboys.
At Panthers Stadium, the Panthers will look to get their season back on track as they face the Rabbitohs. Penrith have let two wins slip away in the last 2 weeks, including a capitulation in Cronulla last week. The Rabbitohs are looking very impressive under Wayne Bennett as they hold a 5-1 record. Their defence kept the Bulldogs to 6 points last week so it's hard to see Penrith's struggling attack improve here. The Panthers are 12-5 against the Under at home after a loss and hold a 7-3 Unders record at this venue in night games. Look for a low scoring game under lights in Penrith.
Saturday's NRL action starts in Tamworth as the Tigers take this home game to Scully Park against the Titans. The home side will be desperate to get back on the park after a woeful 51-6 loss to the Eels at Bankwest. But the Titans are coming off 2 wins and will be a tough opponent. Both sides are coming into this game with injury concerns, mainly Farah for the Tigers and James for the Titans. So this should turn into a fairly low scoring game, which is the trend. The Tigers are 20-6 against the Under as a home team and 8-3 after a loss.
The Broncos take on the Sharks on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium and the home side will be desperate, it's fair to say. They've started the season poorly after losing 5 of 6 and that includes 2 straight losses at this venue. But they do have a 4-0 SU record against the Sharks. Cronulla stormed home last week to beat the Panthers after trailing 14-0 at half-time and they'll be keen to stay in the top eight with a crucial road win. Brisbane have an impressive Overs trend when they're coming off an interstate game at 34-11-1. The return of Roberts to the lineup should improve their scoring potential and the Sharks should build momentum after a stunning 2nd half last week.
On Sunday, the 3-3 Sea Eagles will take on the 5-1 Raiders in an intriguing clash. Manly will be hurting after last week's 2 point loss to the Dragons. Canberra continued their great start to the season with a close win over the Broncos at home. When these two sides meet in day games, it's usually high scoring and this should be no different. As such, the Sea Eagles are 4-1 against the Over in day games against the Raiders. The last meeting at this venue saw a 32-16 scoreline in Manly's favour and the two sides should easily beat the 40 point total here.
McDonald Jones Stadium hosts the 1-5 Knights as they battle the 4-2 Eels. Newcastle actually have a great record against the Eels at 3-0 SU and 10-2 SU, but at the moment they're playing very poorly. The Knights were smashed by the Titans on the Gold Coast last week and they haven't won since Round 1. Meanwhile, the Eels are a very hot and cold team. They were shutout 19-0 in Canberra previously to a 51-6 crushing win over the Tigers. Opening the new Parramatta Stadium was the major reason for the turnaround in form. So coming into this game, this could be a danger game for the Eels as the Knights will be desperate to end a 5 game skid. However, this will be a no bet with the Knights poor home record and the Eels usually struggle in away games.
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