Brisbane Broncos vs Gold Coast Titans (Friday) Betting Preview & Tips

A local derby is a great way to round things off on Good Friday.

Oddschecker
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Thu, 13 Apr, 5:58 AM

 

A local derby is a great way to round things off on Good Friday.

 

Brisbane come into this off the back of a scintillating win over the Sydney Roosters last week while the Gold Coast continued their early season woes with a big loss at home to Canberra.

 

BREAKING OUT

The run of close games involving the Broncos has come to an end.

 

The past six games the Brisbane outfit has played have been decided by single figure margins and by half-time last week it looked a similar story again, however, they exploded in the second half by outscoring the Roosters 14-nil in running out convincing 32-8 victors.

 

It’s the first time since last year’s Quarter-Final against the Titans that they’ve won by a double figure margin – are they now ready to go on with the job?

 

STRUGGLE STREET

The Titans have had a wretched start to their campaign with just one win in the opening six rounds.

 

Injuries have had played a big part in their struggles but their primary issue has been in defence. Currently, Gold Coast are ranked last in the NRL for that category and have already leaked 182 points in six games which works out to be 30.3ppg.

 

You aren’t going to win many games conceding that many points even though they are ranked in the top three for attack (22.33ppg) and that’s largely been without superstar fullback Jarryd Hayne!

 

THE HISTORY

Look away Titans fans.

 

Brisbane has dominated this fixture by winning 16 of 21 games between the sides including 13 of the past 15. In each of their last nine wins against the Gold Coast, they’ve scored at least 20 points while the only two wins the Titans have had since 2009 has seen them score 12 and 14 points respectively but hold Brisbane to two tries or less.

 

Considering Neil Henry’s side’s attacking woes they are at long odds to hold Brisbane to 12 points or less here.

 

THE VERDICT

Brisbane will have to do the job without Ben Hunt but that is unlikely to stop them posting another win here.

 

Gold Coast have just three wins at Suncorp Stadium since 2007 and two of those were against the Bulldogs, with their sole win against the Broncos at the venue coming way back in Round 5, 2007.

 

Although Nathan Peats is due to line-up for his first game of 2017 for the Titans, Hayne is still missing and his x-factor is what’s sorely needed by the Gold Coast if they are a chance of outscoring Brisbane here. Their defence just leaks too many points at this stage so we cannot see them getting the chocolates despite Hunt’s absence for the home side.

 

A good bet here will be Broncos to Score First. They have scored the first four-pointer in all six of their games so far and are $1.52 @ William Hill to do it again.

 

 

RECOMMENDED BET:

BRISBANE


VALUE PLAY:

BRISBANE 13+ MARGIN

BRISBANE 13+ MARGIN

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