Both sides will be desperate for the points when they clash at Cbus Super Stadium.
Since beating Melbourne three starts ago the Titans have dropped consecutive matches against the Sea Eagles and Cowboys, the latest of those a 20-8 loss at 1300Smiles Stadium last week.
New Zealand are in a similar situation where after beating the Sydney Roosters they have been a shadow of the team that won that day. They will go into this having lost to the Eels at ANZ Stadium by eight points last Friday night.
The Titans have shifted the x-factor, Jarryd Hayne, back to fullback in a bid to reignite their attack.
Hayne was almost non-existent last week in the loss to the Cowboys and his move back to the number one jersey will give the Titans an extra attacking weapon, especially when kicking off their sets of six in possession.
Arguably the biggest addition to the team that lost last week is hooker Nathan Peats, who returns after missing last week due to a small niggle picked up in State Of Origin I.
NEW ZEALAND just can’t win away from home.
They gave away a 12-point start to the Eels in Sydney last week and after fighting back to level the scores at one point, went down narrowly at the finish.
Stephen Kearney’s side are 0-6 away from Mt Smart Stadium this season and are one of just two teams yet to win on the road, with Newcastle being the other.
The Kiwis have found the perfect opponent in order to get back into the winners circle.
New Zealand have won 12 of the past 13 games against the Gold Coast which is one of the better hoodoos you will find going around in the NRL. The Titans have beaten the Warriors just once since the 2010 semis and that was back in Round 8 last year.
And what better venue for visitors than to break their shocking away record this season than Cbus Super Stadium, where they have won six straight games by an average margin of 13.33 points.
A Warriors 13+ Win is predictably returning juicy dividends with the team at bet365 offering up $5.50.
We are tipping the Titans ($1.74 @ Unibet) in this one.
The fact that two of their four wins for the season have been against last year’s Grand Finalists speaks volumes for just how good this side can be, however, they need to start putting things together.
They begin very slowly in their games, especially at Robina, where they have been outscored 58-10 in the opening 20 minutes while in all of their home games in 2017 they haven’t led going into the break.
Ultimately that leads us to dive into the Warriors / Titans half-full double ($8 @ Sportsbet) as our value bet. Although they may give away a start, we think the Gold Coast will be the stronger of the two sides at the finish.
WARRIORS / TITANS HALF-FULL DOUBLE