Brisbane vs Stgeorge Illawarra (Friday) Betting Preview & Tips

The Broncos are eyeing off a top-two spot and need to keep on winning.

Oddschecker
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Wed, 16 Aug, 7:04 AM

 

The Broncos are eyeing off a top-two spot and need to keep on winning.

 

Brisbane heads into Round 23 in second spot and is looking good to wrap up a guaranteed second chance at the end of the regular season, however, with a handful of sides nipping at their heels they can’t afford to relax.

 

They have been in fine form though and head into this game with a fantastic 32-10 win over Cronulla.

 

Stgeorge Illawarra are also desperate for the two points to keep their finals hopes alive. Currently ninth on the table, they are one win outside the top eight but within touching distance of three teams, such is the closeness of the competition.

 

The Dragons returned to the winners circle last week with a 26-point win over the Titans.

 

TRIPLE THREAT

BRISBANE’s dummy half experiment has paid dividends over the past fortnight.

 

After losing hooker Andrew McCullough for the season, Wayne Bennett has alternated the spot between playmakers Kodi Nikorima, Ben Hunt and even forward Sam Thaiday.

 

The results have been devastating with the Broncos racking up 54 points against the Titans and then 32 last week against the defending premiers.

 

HOUSE OF CARDS

STGEORGE ILLAWARRA can rack up a score in 2017 but they can also concede tries just as quickly.

 

You only have to go back to the Manly game four weeks ago where they led 30-nil at halftime but just 12 minutes into the second half held a slender eight-point lead.

 

Two weeks ago against Souths they conceded two tries in dying stages of the match to lose while last week against the Gold Coast they let in three tries in 14 minutes.

 

If the Dragons are any chance of scoring the upset here they need to make sure that their defence, which is actually ranked sixth, plugs the holes straight away and prevents a flood from breaking the dam.

 

THE HISTORY

BRISBANE has owned this fixture for nearly a decade.

 

The Broncos have won 13 of the past 15 encounters with the Dragons with the Red V winless at Suncorp Stadium since 2009.

 

Making the task of Stgeorge Illawarra that much harder here is they have struggled to score points against Brisbane in their past four encounters, yielding just 26 points during that span.

 

THE VERDICT

BRISBANE ($1.32 @ Unibet) looks the attractive option here.

 

They are playing an attractive brand of football which is being set up through big running metres in the forwards. This is allowing their outside backs the time and space to reap havoc on their opponents.

 

That is where the main issue for the Dragons will be because their defence on the edges has been poor all season. We predict the likes of Corey Oates, James Roberts and Jordan Kahu could have a field day on Friday so look to them in the tryscorer markets.

 

This game could come down to home ground advantage as Brisbane is 8-2 at home this season while the Dragons have been poor on the road with a 4-6 record.

 

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