South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters

Thursday March 23, 8:05pm – ANZ Stadium

South Sydney have been ravaged by suspension this week with Hymel Hunt, Braidon Burns and George Burgess all given stints on the sideline but much like St George Illawarra did against rivals Cronulla last Sunday, the Rabbitohs should lift for this epic rivalry. The Roosters are undefeated but are due a downspot following a hard clash with Penrith on heavy going. Home underdogs in the first four rounds of the year getting a start of four or more are an incredible 39-10 against the line dating back to 2008 while the Roosters have covered just one of their last five as a road favourite.

Betting Strategy

BACK – South Sydney +

Manly Sea Eagles v Canterbury Bulldogs

Saturday March 25, 4:30pm – Lottoland

Canterbury have absolutely dominated Manly in recent years winning six straight, with the Sea Eagles failing to break 17 points in any of those clashes. It is hard to look past the Sea Eagles’ huge win over North Queensland though, an astonishing upset where they dominated the pre-season premiership favourites. Home underdogs who score 25-plus cover at 67% since 2013, which has Manly in a good space here, while the Bulldogs have covered just 16 of their last 39 away from ANZ. There is not much attacking prowess on the field but what there is Manly have it.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Manly +

Gold Coast Titans v North Queensland Cowboys

Saturday March 25, 9:00pm – CBUS Super Stadium

North Queensland have been totally gutted by injury and suspension over the last six months it has left them disjointed and discombobulated. This season they have two wins but it all came home to roost against the Sea Eagles. The Titans were fantastic against Parramatta last Friday and are arguably a better team with Jarryd Hayne on the sidelines. The Titans have covered 16 of their last 25 as a home underdog while the Cowboys have covered just three of their last nine after conceding 20-plus points.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Gold Coast +

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