Canberra Raiders – $1.60 at Sportsbet
Brisbane Broncos – $2.30
Sunday’s clash at GIO Stadium is an important one for both teams, albeit for different reasons.
The Canberra Raiders are flying with four wins from five games and announced their title ambitions with last week’s 19-0 demolition of Parramatta.
They are the biggest movers in the outright betting for the NRL Premiership, plunging from $23 into $13 at Sportsbet.
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has been forced to make one change this week, with Junior Collins replacing the injured Joe Tapine on the bench.
While the Raiders are looking to keep the good times rolling, the Brisbane Broncos are desperate to turn things around.
Last week’s defeat to the Wests Tigers leaves the Queensland club with only two points from a disappointing five rounds of footy.
Nevertheless, the under-fire Anthony Seibold has resisted the urge to erase the team sheet and start from scratch.
Matt Lodge is out with a throat injury, which sees Payne Haas shifted to prop and David Fifita named to start at lock.
Gehamat Shibasaki fills out the interchange, while James Roberts is listed in the reserves.
Raiders vs Broncos first tryscorer tips
First tryscorer – $15
Two or more tries – $14
Anytime tryscorer – $3.10
The Canberra captain has made a fast start to the season with 42 points in five games, including three tries. That kind of form makes him a very solid option to cross the line at any time.
First tryscorer – $8
Two or more tries – $5.50
Anytime tryscorer – $1.83
Brisbane might be in a bad way, but their towering winger is holding up his end of the bargain. Oates has scored five tries already in 2019 and is the obvious choice for the Broncos in the tryscorer markets.
Key stats and betting trends
- The Raiders are attracting all the money and have firmed sharply from $1.86 at Sportsbet
- Brisbane’s price blew out half a dollar to $2.44 before tapering off in the last few days
- Canberra have conceded a mere 8.8 points per game – easily the best defensive record in the league
- The Broncos lead the competition for ineffective tackles with 113 in total
Canberra vs Brisbane match predictions
There is no reason to bet against the favourites in this instance.
Canberra’s defence was near-flawless last time out and there are no glaring weaknesses anywhere on the park.
Much will depend on the output of the respective halves pairs, with Brisbane’s Milford-Nikorima combination under serious scrutiny.
At home and high on confidence, the Raiders look primed for another convincing win.
Canberra Raiders half-time/full-time – $2 at Sportsbet
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