The Sharks look good things to get back into the winners circle here.
Cronulla were handed their biggest loss of the season last week when going down 30-10 to the Gold Coast last week which continued a strange sequence of form of Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win and now Loss.
Admittedly the game was played in atrocious conditions and Cronulla were without the services of gun playmaker, James Maloney.
Souths are pretty much done for the season and would need to win their final seven matches of the season and then have to have results go their way in order to make the semis.
They lost last week’s do-or-die game against the Cowboys in Cairns 23-10.
CRONULLA will benefit from getting back Maloney for this game.
Coach Shane Flanagan rested the five-eighth following State Of Origin III and his absence was sorely missed. Trailing 30-nil at one point, Cronulla put some respectability to the score with two tries in the final six minutes but by that stage the game was gone.
It is the second time in three matches that they have conceded 30 points or more which is surprising considering they have the equal best defence in the premiership alongside Melbourne Storm.
The loss to the Titans was the first for Cronulla on the road this season who had won seven straight on the road prior that performance.
SOUTHS are gone for season 2017.
The Rabbitohs go into this with just 16 points and have only been able to register back-to-back wins just once this season. Off the back of that, it is difficult to see them notching seven straight wins to scrape into the finals.
Despite suffering two recent losses to the finals-bound pair of the Cowboys and Roosters, Souths’ defence has been pretty good by conceding just 17 points on average over the past three rounds.
No side has been able to dominate the other in quite a while.
Not since the Rabbitohs won four straight between 2009 and 2011 has a side been able to notch more than three straight against the other.
Souths won the game the final time they played each other, which was back in Round 24 last season. On a cold and miserable night, Michael Maguire’s side won a tough 12-6 encounter.
We think we have found a nice bet here using the historical stats. In the past seven clashes points have been hard to come by with an average of just 26.14 being scored during that span.
Under 29.5 points here ($4.25 @ Sportsbet) could be value considering Cronulla’s defence has been the league’s best for most of the season. If it holds up then Souths will struggle to score.
We are tipping Cronulla to bounce back strongly here.
They aren’t much of a price ($1.35 @ Will Hill) but we can’t see them losing back-to-back games for the first time this season against a Souths side that has been bitterly disappointing.
The inclusion of Maloney will be a big plus for the Sharks who will be keen to bounce back from that humiliating defeat last week.
TOTAL POINTS UNDER 29.5