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Is it becoming a lucky dip?

There are a host of 50/50 games in all three codes this weekend.

Settling on a team when absolutely nothing splits them is one of the more difficult tasks when it comes to tipping.

It makes you wonder if it’s becoming just a “lucky dip”.

Betting markets are, of course, usually a good guide but, as I’ve said before, it’s always wise to go with your head and not your heart.

Upset results in all three codes see inevitable again. I’ll just settle on the teams who should win comfortably and give reasons why I go for who I do to win the 50/50 battles.

NRL (Round 7)

The Broncos, minus Peter Wallace and Ben Te’o, should still get the cash against the visiting Raiders, but little could separate the teams on the scoreboard come fulltime.

The “away” team has dominated games between the Dragons and Knights in recent years, but St George Illawarra may buck the trend on this occasion as Newcastle seem to lack direction without Kurt Gidley.

The Storm were superb in Townsville last weekend and if they continue from where they left off last weekend the Bulldogs, who were poor against Souths, won’t get near them.

Astonishingly, the Sea Eagles were missing four internationals, yet annihilated the Panthers 30-0 in their first game at home on Monday night.

Brett Stewart and Kieran Foran are tipped to return this weekend and the visiting Titans could be in for a long night.

It is just impossible seeing see the Sharks, who are aiming for five straight wins, losing to the inept Eels.

The 50/50s

The Cowboys to beat the Roosters in Darwin.

Why? The Cowboys seem to lift on the road, while the Roosters have only looked impressive in one of their four wins.

The Warriors to topple the Rabbitohs.

Why? The Warriors have got to come good sooner or later, while the Rabbitohs could do it tough without Sam Burgess and Roy Asotasi.

Picking the winner of the Panthers-Tigers match is the toughest assignment of the year, regardless of the code you support.

I finally settled on the Panthers.

Why?

The Panthers are out to save face after their disaster at Manly, while the Tigers are missing zey forwards Gareth Ellis and Chris Heighington.

AFL (Round 3)

The Blues-Magpies match is definitely a 50/50 match, but Carlton may sneak home on this occasion in what should be a wonderful contest.

The Tigers and the Demons are both 0-2, but more Richmond players have started the season a lot better compared to Melbourne and can get the cash.

The Lions welcome back Jonathan Brown, but lose Simon Black — the Dockers are specials when both teams meet in Perth.

Dustin Fletcher celebrates his 350th game for the Bombers this weekend and it would indeed be a shock if Essendon succumbed to the Suns on the Gold Coast.

The Giants won’t win when they host the far from full-strength Eagles in Sydney, but I’m backing GWS to restrict West Coast’s margin of victory to less than 70 points.

The Crows will be competitive, but facing the Hawks at the MCG is perhaps their biggest test of 2012 thus far and the pre-season champions may not be able to nullify an opponent who started the premiership season as flag favourites.

The Kangaroos were unlucky against the Bombers before creaming the Giants, but are they capable of stopping the Cats?

A narrow loss to the Dockers followed by a narrow win over the Hawks — the Cats are still one of the teams to beat in 2012.

The 50/50s

The Swans should fall over the line against the Power.

Why? You will always find the Swans sitting in the top eight, but the Power were great at home against the Saints in Round 1.

It may end up being the closest game of the round, but it’s the Saints against the Bulldogs.

Why?

Neither side has set the world on fire as yet, but recent history suggests the Bulldogs find it difficult to beat the Saints.

Super Rugby (Round 8 )

I can only predict with confidence that the visiting Bulls will eclipse the Lions in Johannesburg. Good luck in the other five games!

The Blues have been a major disappointment this season and losing in Melbourne last weekend probably ended their finals hopes.

The Auckland-based franchise have received their fare share of bad press this week and, significantly, they have lost their past seven games against this weekend’s opponents, the Sharks.

Going the Blues.

Why?

The Sharks failed to fire a shot against the Hurricanes last weekend in a 42-18 loss after posting a great win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

Can the Force make it two wins for the year over the Waratahs?

Going the Waratahs.

Why?

The Force are a big chance in Perth, but the return of Wycliff Palu might be the catalyst for the Waratahs.

The Crusaders are back in Christchurch against the unbeaten Stormers.

Going the Stormers.

In their last game at home, the Crusaders, who are still missing Richie McCaw, escaped with a win over the Cheetahs. The Stormers are better than the Cheetahs.

Can the Rebels back up a big win with success in Canberra?

Going the Brumbies.

Why?

The Brumbies are a much better side at home these days and the Rebels have yet to make an impression on the road.

The Chiefs debut in South Africa and they will put the Cheetahs to the test.

Going the Chiefs.

Why?

While the Cheetahs have had an outstanding year thus far, the Chiefs appear to be getting better.

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