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Tipping, regardless of the code, just gets harder and harder

The NRL and AFL premierships are in full swing, it’s reaching an interesting stage in Super Rugby and the grand finalists in the A-League will be decided by the end of the weekend.
 
There are tricky games in all four codes, so much in fact that punters will have to do serious research and plenty of homework before settling on likely winners.
 
We’ll happily nominate the teams that should win, but we’ll also nominate the games that are clearly a toss of a coin.
 
It’s Round 6 in the NRL, and we’re confident that the Knights will get the Panthers, that the Raiders will overcome the Warriors, that the Sea Eagles will roll the Sharks, and that the Titans will prevail against the Eels.
 
However, splitting the teams in the other four games is no easy task.
 
There’s nothing separating the Roosters and Bulldogs, although the Roosters are slight favourites, while the Broncos and Cowboys share favouritism.
 
The loss of Marshall may give the Dragons the edge against the Tigers, however can the Dragons, who are a warm favourites, make it three in a row against an opponent who were highly impressive in Melbourne on Monday.
 
The Rabbitohs are narrow favourites against the Storm, but that’s based on the fact that Slater may not line up for the premiers and unfortunately punters won’t get a clear picture if the Storm No 1 will play until after deadline in most tipping competitions.
 
It’s yet another tremendous weekend of games in Round 3 of the AFL, but before highlighting the genuine 50/50s it would be safe to say that the Eagles will get the Demons, that the Saints will deliver against the Giants, that the Cats will get the cash against the Blues, and that the Tigers will continue along their merry way against the Bulldogs.
 
The Dockers are favourites against the Bombers, and rightly so, but don’t dismiss the Bombers so lightly after their win over the Crows when last they appeared on the road.
 
The Kangaroos could have easily won against the Magpies and grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory against the Cats last weekend, so they must be respected against the Swans, who are favourites, in Hobart.
 
It’s hard to know what the Swans will bring to the table after opening rounds wins over the Giants and Suns.
 
The Lions were unlucky against the Crows and are favourites for the Q Clash, but the Suns are proving hard to beat at home these days and are fantastic value as a $2.77 outsider.
 
The Magpies-Hawks clash should be a maginficent encounter, but can the Magpies find a winning formula after falling to the Hawks on three occasions last year.
 
The loss of Maxwell and Jolly is a blow for the Magpies, however the Hawks are missing Sewell and are backing up after a trip to Perth where they dismantled the Eagles.
 
Are the Power the real deal after showing impressive form against the Demons and Giants?
 
The Crows, who have faced stiffer opposition in the likes of the Bombers and Lions, are a different kettle of fish, but winning games can create confidence and therefore if you’re looking for an upset the Power might be your smokie.
 
Yes, the Power seem to be on the improve under new coach Hinkley, but punters must show the Crows some respect following their achievements of last season.
 
There’s no doubt about it.
 
Round 9 in Super Rugby provides a brilliant menu.
 
First of all, the Crusaders should have too much class for the Force and it would be surprising if the Rebels fell to the Kings despite the fact that the South African outfit shared the points with the Brumbies in Canberra last weekend.
 
The Highlanders have yet to win a game, but they’re getting closer and a win over the Brumbies, who looked wobbly against the Bulls before letting it slip against the Kings, wouldn’t exactly be a major shock.
 
The Reds have won 10 of their past 11 games against New Zealand opposition, but they will have to bring their A grade to the table if they expect to eclipse the high-flying Chiefs in Hamilton.
 
It’s a huge game in Auckland between the Blues, the big improvers in 2013, and the Hurricanes, who have won their past four games.
 
The Blues won in Wellington back in Round 2, so good luck picking a winner of this game.
 
Anything can happen in the match between the Stormers, who just can’t get their best team on to the field and are finding it hard to string wins together, and last year’s beaten Super Rugby finalists the Sharks, who are sitting in third spot.
 
It’s a home game for the Stormers and they are slight favourites, but the Sharks are buoyant after sneaking by the Crusaders last weekend.
 
In yet another South African derby, the Bulls host the Cheetahs in yet another fascinating contest.
 
The Bulls will take some stopping at home, but the Cheetahs, who are in contention for the finals, are sitting in sixth spot and must be taken seriously these days.
 
Both semi-finals in the A-League could go either way, which is fantastic news for neutral supporters.
 
The Wanderers have strung 12 wins together without defeat and would fancy their chances against the Roar, especially at home, after posting three wins in as many games against the defending champions.
 
The Mariners line up for their fourth game in 16 days against the visiting Victory, who were lucky to escape with a win over the Glory last weekend and who suffered a 6-2 loss on the Central Coast during their travels this season.
 
The Roar and Victory can spring upsets, but based on consistency it would be hard to write off the Wanderers and Mariners at home.
 
  
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