2017 Season Results:
Head-to-Head Tipping: 7/8 (88%)
2016 Season Results:
Head-to-Head Tipping: 71%
Margin Betting: 54%
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Roosters v Bulldogs
Offense VOA: Roosters 3.41% (10th), Bulldogs -31.84% (15th)
Defense VOA: Roosters 0.42% (10th), Bulldogs -8.87% (6th)
First up in Round 2 is the derby game between two of Sydney’s more fashionable clubs, the Roosters and the Bulldogs.
The Roosters were sizzling in Week One against the outmatched Titans, putting on a point-scoring clinic in the opening 40 minutes. Latrell Mitchell looks right at home in the centres, Michael Gordon fitted in beautifully, and all signs look positive for their new halves combination. On the back of that performance, the Roosters are deserving favourites with the bookies.
The Bulldogs on the other hand were outclassed in horrendous conditions by a more disciplined Storm outfit, and although the tens of fans who turned up to Belmore at 6pm (what was the NRL thinking when they scheduled that?) would have gone home disappointed, the Dogs showed some positive signs to build from. Defensively, they were outstanding, repeatedly turning the Storm away, despite frequently giving away cheap possession with poor ball control. Unfortunately, the offensive issues that plagued their 2016 campaign have resurfaced (and perhaps gotten worse). In attacking positions, they appear to have no set plays whatsoever (unless their set play is “get in a line and pass it one-by-one until we run out of space”, in which case they’ve nailed it), and their slow service to the kicker on the 5th tackle makes it difficult for them to put in decent attacking kicks. We think that the Bulldogs defense will stand up and make a game of this, but until they show something on offense, we’ll struggle to tip them.
Our tip: Roosters [Read more…]