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Tough weekend ahead with some of those dreaded 50/50 matches

Yet another big weekend of matches in the NRL, AFL, Super Rugby and A-League.

While there are certainly a few sure things in all codes, we’ll do our best to settle on a winner in those dreaded 50/50 matches.

In Round 5 of the NRL, it’s hard to see the Titans, Cowboys, Roosters and Storm succumbing to the likes of respective opponents the Broncos, Panthers, Raiders and Tigers.

That makes four games that can go either way.

The Bulldogs-Sea Eagles clash is a dead set lottery, but we’ll stick with the Sea Eagles.

This is the kind of game that could spark the Bulldogs to life, especially with Hasler up against his old club.

But the Sea Eagles only got better as their game against the Tigers progressed last weekend, while the Bulldogs went backwards the longer their game progressed against the Rabbitohs.

The Eels were appalling against the Roosters and it would be stunning if they hit back so quickly against the Sharks.

The Eels played well against the Warriors when last they played at Parramatta Stadium, but surely the Sharks are travelling far better than the Eels despite losing the services of Carney.

The Warriors showed something against the Cowboys last weekend, but can they back up that performance against the rampant Rabbitohs?

It’s hard to fault a single aspect of the Rabbitohs game and, although both teams should turn it on in attack, the Warriors may not be able to match their opponents in defence.

The Dragons found something last weekend in a shock win on the road against the Sharks.

Can the Dragons make it back-to-back at WIN Jubilee Oval and honour the late Ian Walsh in style?

The Knights were smashed at Brookvale Oval when last they ventured to Sydney, but they are playing well at the moment and if they click should have too many weapons for the Dragons.

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 In Round 2 of the AFL, the Swans, Power and Bombers should prove too good for the Suns, Giants and Demons.

The Tigers are pretty warm favourites against the Saints, but it could be a lot closer than most expect as the Saints have some decent “ins”.

Can we trust the Tigers?

And will the Saints hit back after imploding on the Gold Coast?

The Bulldogs were fantastic against the Lions, but the Dockers are healthy favourites and justifiably so after their first round win over the Eagles.

It won’t be easy if the Bulldogs can continue from where they left off last weekend, but the Dockers should win.

The Lions and Crows will be primed after poor efforts in the first round, and the Crows will be out to avenge the shock loss they suffered at the Gabba late last season.

Certainly a toss of the coin, but we’ll stick our neck out and settle on the Crows as they have not lost two in a row under coach Sanderson.

The Cats often fail to back up after playing the Hawks; however, the Kangaroos couldn’t overcome a Magpies outfit who were missing a host of stars.

We’re not saying that the Kangaroos aren’t without a chance, but it’s hard to ignore how well the Cats played in the second half against the Hawks.

The Magpies-Blues is a bell ringer and form doesn’t necessarily decide the winner of this match.

Malthouse will do everything to get the Blues over the line, however the Magpies appear to have far too many avenues to goal.

The Eagles-Hawks clash might well be a prelude to this year’s grand final and this week’s encounter should be just as juicy.

There’s not a split pea between them – perhaps the Hawks by a whisker with the Eagles missing LeCras and Naitanui.

However, the Eagles can win.

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  Now to Round 8 action in Super Rugby.

First of all, the Blues, Brumbies and Hurricanes should prevail against the Highlanders, Kings and Waratahs, respectively.

We’re going with the Force against the Rebels in Perth, only because there’s no Beale or Delve for the Rebels.

Surely the Force can crack one at home and avenge the loss they suffered in the corresponding match in 2012.

The Sharks-Crusaders and Cheetahs-Stormers fixtures send a chill down the spine as far as picking a winner is concerned.

The Crusaders pulled off a stunning win over the Stormers last weekend, but the Sharks are full of beans after smashing the Rebels a fortnight ago and they might just sneak home.

The Cheetahs are flying, but they have lost their past seven games against the Stormers.

The home ground advantage should benefit the Cheetahs as they strive for a fifth straight win.

The Stormers couldn’t get the cash against a Crusaders outfit missing a host of All Black stars, but write them off at your peril.

The Stormers have to come good sooner or later, but at $2.70 the Cheetahs are sensational value.

Go the Cheetahs.

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It’s finals time in the A-League, but from the outset the Victory should prove too good for the Glory in Melbourne.

 The Glory won 3-2 when last they visited to Victoria; however, on that occasion the Victory were missing a host of key players.

 The Victory are a lot stronger this time.

The other sudden-death clash between hosts Adelaide and Brisbane can go either way.

The Roar have lost just one of their past seven games and those wins included a 1-0 triumph in Adelaide in Round 23.

The home ground advantage will help Adelaide, no doubt, but they’re far from the side that dominated during the first half of the season.

Recent form suggests that it’s the Roar.

 

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