Canberra Raiders v Manly Sea Eagles

Friday May 25, 6:00pm GIO Stadium

Manly have won 16 of the last 21 against Canberra but off a brutal affair in Melbourne where the Sea Eagles lost Dylan Walker for an extended period and the Raiders blew another winnable game, the spot lines up well for Ricky Stuart’s team. Canberra have covered 13 of their last 21 home games at night and 10 of their last 15 at home after being held to 18 or fewer. Manly have covered just 6 of their last 20 on the road after scoring 24 or more points.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Canberra

North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

Friday May 25, 7:55pm – 1300Smiles Stadium

It is impossible to bet North Queensland until Paul Green pulls the trigger and dumps probably all of his outside backs. Melbourne turned in one of their worst performances last week at home to Manly with the absence of Cameron Smith telling. The superstar rake returns this week. Melbourne have won seven straight against North Queensland with the last three all coming by margins of 16 or more. The Storm have covered 19 of their last 32 as an interstate favourite while the Cowboys have managed to cover the start in just two of seven as an underdog in Townsville.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Melbourne -3.5

New Zealand Warriors v South Sydney Sydney

Saturday May 26, 5:30pm – Mt Smart Stadium

South Sydney look a tremendous bet when they travel to Mt Smart to tackle the Warriors. Souths have won six of their last seven against New Zealand and have covered 12 of their last 16 overall. Off a win, Souths have covered 8 of their last 12. The Warriors have covered just 6 of their last 18 night matches at Mt Smart. The key angle here though is small interstate underdogs, who are 64-33 against the line since 2013.

Betting Strategy

BACK – South Sydney +1.5

Penrith Panthers v St George Illawarra Dragons

Saturday May 26, 7:35pm – Panthers Stadium

Penrith have been one of the most reliable teams at home this year and shape as a tremendous bet in their top-of-the-table clash with St George Illawarra. The Panthers have covered 11 of their last 14 home games, 14 of their last 19 at home at night and 7 of their last 10 as a home underdog. The Dragons have covered just 6 of their last 19 as a favourite away from their suburban home grounds.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Penrith +2.5pts


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