Which side will continue their recent run of good form when these teams clash on Saturday afternoon?
Traditionally the Raiders and Warriors have been nightmare teams for punters when it comes to tipping competitions and betting but some consistency has started to shine through in the past few weeks.
Canberra go into this having registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season while the same could be said for New Zealand Warriors who are unbeaten with Kieran Foran in the side.
CANBERRA is the real deal in 2017.
Although they are 3-3, their defeats have been against three of the top six sides of last year’s competition while they have handled the Tigers, Eels and Titans in games they were expected to win.
Ricky Stuart’s men have started to click into gear with 72 points scored in their past two wins over the Eels and Titans while they have topped 40 points twice already this campaign.
Such is the potency of their attack that they are scoring at 27ppg which ranks them second by a narrow margin behind the competition’s best attack in Stgeorge Illawarra.
A NEW DIMENSION
There is no doubt about it that Foran has added a new dimension to the NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS.
In his two appearances for the club so far the Warriors have beaten the Titans and Eels but this is definitely a step up compared to those two teams.
The positive thing for the Kiwis is that they are only going to get better with Foran becoming more familiar with his teammates. In two matches so far, Foran has helped the Warriors average a healthy 25 points per game.
The Raiders have only won three straight against the Warriors one time in the past 15 years.
They have won the past two contests between the sides which ended a run of five straight wins for the Warriors which dated back to 2013, however, you have to go back to 2001 so find a dominant patch for the Green Machine.
Overall the Head-to-Head record stands at 16 each but looking at games solely at GIO Stadium and Canberra has a huge advantage since 2000. Ricky Stuart’s side have won nine of the past 11 at the ground although the Warriors did go back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.
Although we don’t think there will be a great deal in it we have to stick with the Raiders.
They blew the Titans away early and never looked likely of losing against the Eels so on that type of form they are going to be hard to beat in front of their fans.
There is a reason many are tipping them to win the NRL premiership ($7 @ Topbetta) and they should take another step towards achieving that goal by defeating an improving Warriors outfit.
New Zealand definitely aren’t out of the picture but on price alone we are happy to take the shorts on the Raiders. Maybe the value is with the Total Points Over/Under and history would dictate that Over 45.5 points isn’t out of the question. Five of the past seven games have gone over that total.
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