Round 24 NRL footy tips have a couple of massive matchups that will shake up the top half of the ladder. The bookies have the odds for majority of the games fairly close making it a great round of footy. See all out tips and predictions below.
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Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Friday night at AAMI Park
Melbourne look unstoppable and although they are without star halfback Cooper Cronk I can sense a easy victory for the Storm.
St George will look to take advantage of the omission but Storm’s depth goes deep with Gareth Widdop stepping in who should do well.
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South Sydney v North Queensland Cowboys Friday night at ANZ Stadium
The Cowboys will be desperate for the win to ensure a much needed home final. Thurston is once again the one to look out for after his return last week and should play a pivotal roll in their win on Friday night.
South do have their season to play for with a loss all but ending their 2011 campaign. They also go into the game with confidence after two big wins but they are a coming up against a much classier unit and will struggle to break the Cowboys defense.
Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Saturday at Skilled Park
Tip: Gold Coast
Both teams have had a shocking year with not a great deal to look back on but with the recent announcement of Preston Campbell and Alan Tongue’s retirements both clubs now have some spark in their step to finish off the season well (and avoid the spoon)
Canberra’s recent record away from home suggests they will take another defeat. I’m going with the stats and tipping Gold Coast by around 10 which between 1-12 is paying $3.00
Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Saturday night at Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney will cream this one in and should continue their excellent form into this game after their massive win over the Dragons.
Cronulla are on the other end of the scale and will find it hard to match the skills and determination of the Roosters outfit.
Expect a big margin to the Roosters. Take the Roosters to by over 12 paying $2.75
Penrith v Warriors Saturday night at Centrebet Stadium
This ones a no brainer. The Warriors will easily get the points on Saturday as they continue to get better and better. They are a very quick team and at times make it look easy.
Penrith threw in the towel a month ago now loosing 4 in a row its nearly time for a shake up internally which has already started with Steve Georgallis.
Manly v Canterbury Bankstown Saturday night at Brookvale Oval
Tip: Canterbury Bankstown
Although the bookies have Manly as clear favourites I’m not to confident they will have this one in the bag.
Manly have taken the points over the Bulldogs this year but I see a determine Bulldogs side who could come out firing and score quickly so expect a great game.
Keep an eye out for Trent Hodkison. Its his first game back at his old home ground and he will be keen to keep the Manly fans quiet.
Bulldogs in a nail biter.
Wests Tigers v Parramatta Sunday at WIN Stadium
The Tigers need a big win to boost their points differential on the ladder. This is the perfect game for them to do it.
They have had attack on their minds lately which will force a weaker team in Parramatta to change from their regular game style causing errors and a free passage to score.
I’m tipping the Tigers by about 20 and continue their 6 games in a row.
Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos Monday at Ausgrid Stadium
Brisbane are playing slightly better footy than the Knights but don’t expect a walk over. Newcastle need the win with teams below them on the ladder coming up quick which could see their season go from good to bad in a mater of a few weeks.
Expect a high scoring game with both clubs supporting strong forwards. I think Brisbane will just get over the line in the end in a very close match.