Wests Tigers – $2.10 at Bet365
Cronulla Sharks – $1.75
It is a very simple equation for the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks in the final round of the 2019 NRL regular season.
Whichever side wins will finish either seventh or eighth, pending the outcome of the Broncos vs Bulldogs game, while the loser will have an early Mad Monday.
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The Tigers take some promising form into Sunday’s clash, having scored a combined 88 points against the Newcastle Knights (46-4) and the St George Illawarra Dragons (42-14) in the past fortnight.
The Sharks might already have sewn up a finals place, but they came out on the wrong side of the golden point in last week’s bout with the Canberra Raiders.
Both coaches have some big selection calls to make, with several stars a chance to return for the clash at Leichhardt Oval.
Wests Tigers Round 25 team news
Robbie Farah has a broken leg and Moses Mbye is battling a hip flexor problem, but both are named in the reserves and could play on Sunday. The matchday squad is otherwise unchanged, although Josh Reynolds’ promotion to starting hooker sees Ryan Matterson shift to lock Matthew Eisenhuth drop to the interchange.
Cronulla Sharks Round 25 team news
Shaun Johnson is back in the halves and Sosaia Feki returns on the wing, so Kyle Flanagan drops to the reserves and Sione Katoa steps out of the squad altogether. Jack Williams replaces Jason Bukuya on the bench, while Matt Moylan is listed in the emergencies as he works back from injury.
Out: Jason Bukuya, Sione Katoa
In: Shaun Johnson, Jack Williams
Tigers vs Sharks tryscorer odds
Paul Momirovski – A few Tigers have filled their boots in recent weeks, but Momirovski was the standout with a hat-trick against the Knights and offers great value at $3.10 in Sportsbet’s anytime tryscorer market.
Bronson Xerri – All but one of Xerri’s 12 tries this season have come in Sharks victories. The $2.10 anytime tryscorer odds and $3 try/win combo at Sportsbet are both well worth a look.
Tigers vs Sharks stats and trends
- Wests lead the competition in post-contact metres (11,325) and all runs (4,264)
- Tigers halfback Luke Brooks has engaged more lines (191) than any other player
- Cronulla’s Jayden Brailey (47) and Briton Nikora (44) are top three for ineffective tackles
- The Sharks have lost each of their last five away games
- The boys from the Shire have not lost to Wests since 2014
Tigers vs Sharks betting predictions
Wests Tigers by 1-12 points – $3.25 at Bet365
One thing we know: either Robbie Farah or Paul Gallen will wave goodbye to NRL footy this weekend. The Tigers have hogged the headlines, but there is plenty of pressure on the Sharks to deliver a clean, professional display in a hostile environment. Wests have done well against the other mid-table teams and Cronulla have struggled on the road, so it may well be the home side that sneaks into the top eight.
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