Round 25 has a brought up a couple of games that are going to be belters starting with the Manly v Melbourne game on Friday night. These clubs are both in form and looking to make 2011 theirs. For a full wrap up of our tips and odds for round 25 read on. Don’t forget to comment below if you think differently to any of our tips.
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Manly V Storm Friday night at Brookvale Oval
Even though Storm are without star Cooper Cronk they have shown they are still capable of tough wins without him and should do. Although the odds don’t suggest it this will see Manly suffer their first loss at Brookvale oval this year.
It will be a massive test for the Sea Eagles and they will take alot out of it going into the finals where the two teams could meet again.
It will be a very close game and I’m taking Storm in a nail biter.
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Parramatta V Sydney Friday night at Parramatta Stadium
Sydney are a classier side at the moment and in the last few weeks have played to their usual top standards. I expect it to be a entertaining game with the Eels desperate to keep the wooden spoon away for 2011.
The Roosters defense will be the key to the match and my prediction is it will hold up much better than the Eels.
Bulldogs V Knights Saturday at ANZ Stadium
The Dogs will come out very strong from the get-go on Saturday as they keep their finals hopes alive. I see them taking the ball on and making use of every chance knowing they may not come off every time.
The Knights will struggle to keep up with the pace of the game and will get caught out.
Canterbury by 16
Cowboys V Sharks Saturday at Dariy Farmers Satdium
Tip: North Queensland
The Cowboys will be out to impress the crowd for their final home game this season. They have been a bit off the boil lately with a few losses mounting up but last week they showed signs of stepping up the pace as they approach the finals.
Keep an eye out for Johnathan Thurston, he has been getting better and better after returning from injury and should now be back to peak fitness.
The Cowboys are a solid unit and the Sharks will find it hard to score as their game style seems too predictable.
Raiders V Panthers Saturday night at Canberra Stadium
Expect a decent crowd for the last home game for Canberra captain Alan Tongue. Both clubs have had disappointing year and have nothing but respect to play for as their seasons come to a close.
I’m predicting the Raiders will lift for their Captain and give him the send off he deserves.
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Dragons V Warriors Sunday at WIN Stadium
The Dragons played a very organised defense against Melbourne last week and although they didn’t take the points they now know what it takes to mix it with the big guns. They have become a very structured side and have tinkered with their game plan lately that hasn’t always payed off but they are starting to improve and I think it will show in this match.
The bookies have given the Warriors next to no chance on Sunday and I think they have the odds spot on.
Broncos V Rabbitohs Sunday at Suncorp Stadium
The Broncos are full of confidence after securing a home ground semi final and will be going into this game eager to continue the good form leading into the business end of the season.
But don’t discount the Bunnies, they are playing desperate footy at the moment as the strive towards the finals. Expect a high scoring game from both sides but Brisbane should be able to scrape home with the win.
Wests Tigers V Titans Monday at Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Tip: Wests Tigers
I’m predicting a one sided affair for Monday night footy as the Tigers welcome back Gareth Ellis and Lote Tuqiri to their lineup.
The Tigers are a much stronger team and their physical game style will leave the Titans (who have shown a glimmer of form lately) wondering what happened.