They chooks can secure a top-two finish with a win here.
Trent Robinson’s side were brave last week as they traveled to Shark Park and knocked off the defending premiers to move into second spot on the table.
Sydney Roosters are nearly back to full strength with the only regular player missing from the side being Daniel Tupou, however, the rest of the side is pretty much intact.
The same cannot be said for the Gold Coast who have used a stack of players this season and head into this game missing several key regulars including Jarrod Wallace, Nathan Peats and Dale Copley.
Gold Coast has little to play for and go into the match having lost 26-14 to the Bulldogs at home – their sixth straight defeat.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS are becoming masters of the close calls.
They won by two points last week which followed a four-point win over the Wests Tigers back in Round 24. Looking back even further to some of their recent wins and you will find a six-point win over the Cowboys, two-point win over Souths and a Golden Point win over the Storm in Adelaide.
While most of those games mentioned saw the Roosters start short-priced favourites, they didn’t put away those sides and were forced to work overtime to get the result.
You can look at it two ways.
First, they don’t seem to lift against the lesser sides and secondly, it is good grounding heading into the finals because it shows the team can hold its nerve and win the clutch games.
Taking the first point into account they cannot afford to underestimate the Titans here because if they do then the Gold Coast are one of those sides that is capable of causing an upset on its day. While that statement may seem ridiculous, go back through their season record – three of their seven wins for the season have been against Cronulla (twice) and Melbourne.
It would appear that the GOLD COAST are simply preparing for Mad Monday if their performances of late are anything to go by.
Last week they sacked coach Neil Henry but there was no uplift in performance from the Titans. They were blown off the park by the Bulldogs and trailed 20-nil at the break.
Jarryd Hayne needs to step up and take control of the team because there is plenty of inexperience in the side. They come into this game having not won a match since their Round 19 upset over the Sharks.
Their past five losses have been by an average margin of 27.2 points.
A Roosters win by 26-30 points is returning a juicy $7 @ Sportsbet.
Punters who are keen on the Roosters will be pleased to know that they’ve won three of the past four clashes between the sides.
Interestingly, the Titans don’t mind playing at Allianz Stadium though and notched three straight wins there between 2010 and 2013. Their last trip to Moore Park was in 2014 when they fell by eight points.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS should be winning this and by a fair space too!
They are finals bound and are playing to lock up a top-two finish which would ensure they are hosting a final in Week 1. Don’t underestimate the power of that situation so the Roosters should be firing on all cylinders for this.
Gold Coast have looked pretty ordinary for several weeks now and we cannot see them lifting sufficiently to upset a side that many are predicting will go a long way to winning the premiership.
The Roosters are short so look for some value in the margins and tryscorer markets.
A 26-30 winning margin, as mentioned earlier, looks nice enough at the odds while Mitchell Pearce is our value player for 1st Tryscorer.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS 13+ WINNING MARGIN
MITCHELL PEARCE FIRST TRYSCORER