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Match preview – Tigers v Roosters

Match preview – Tigers v Roosters

The Friday night game of NRL round 16 has the Wests Tigers, playing at one of their many homes, namely Western Sydney (Bankwest) Stadium, hosting the Sydney Roosters – 7:55 pm (AET) kickoff.

Recent Form

Tigers: the Tigers made it back to back victories last week with a gritty win against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Western Sydney Stadium, as a 5.5 point underdog.

Roosters: the Roosters were narrowly defeated by the high flying Melbourne Storm last week at the (neutral venue) Adelaide Oval, as a 1.5 point underdog.


Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers. Light winds. Maximum 18 degrees.

Per the Bureau of Meteorology

Random Stat(s) – 2011 and onwards

The Roosters have won 9 of the last 10 games between these sides, and 8 out of the last 10 with the start included.

Player Changes / Milestones:


IN Chris McQueen, Josh Aloiai, Paul Momirovski

OUT Moses Mbye


IN Daniel Fifita, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Luke Keary, Ryan Hall, Sam Verrills, Sitili Tupouniua

OUT Boyd Cordner, James Tedesco, Matt Ikuvalu, Siosiua Taukeiaho


Key stats/trends:

Tigers: W/L 7-7 (all), 5-2 (home). Line performance 9-5 (all), 5-2 (home).

The Tigers last THREE games have gone UNDER the game total.

Roosters: W/L 9-5 (all), 4-3 (away). Line performance 8-6 (all), 4-3 (away).

The Roosters have LOST their last THREE away games.


Both teams will be up for this one. The Tigers are one win out of the eight at present while the Roosters will want to win this to consolidate their position in the top four.

Betting / Selections:

The Roosters are a -4.5 to -5.5 point favourite. The game total is 34.5.

Like the Thursday night game, this is difficult to read. Superficially, despite missing Boyd Cordner, James Tedesco and Siosiua Taukeiaho, the Roosters are still fielding a team that would be the envy of the large majority of teams in the NRL competition.  

The Tigers, on the other hand, have lost just one player to representative duties, but are not fielding a team of similar quality to their opponents.

That said, there may be one leveler here – the playing surface.

In racing speak the Roosters prefer a fast track, where their flashy backs can fully utilise their skills, but given how slippery this surface has been without rain, one wonders how much worse it will be after a couple of days of rain.

From a betting viewpoint, this is another tough game and one that we don’t have a great deal of confidence in. We lean to the Tigers with the start, and the under 34.5, but without a lot of confidence.

Line:  Tigers +5.5 $2.00 (various). * small bet

Total:  Under 34.5 $1.91 (Bet365) * small bet

Betting information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing but is subject to change. While considerable time and effort have been expended in compiling this information, please be aware that mistakes can and will happen.  

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