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Sharks vs Raiders Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Sharks to defeat under-strength Raiders

  • Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders go head to head on Saturday
  • The Raiders have made mass changes ahead of the finals
  • Canberra have won the last 2 matches against the Sharks
  • The Sharks have gone WLWLWLWL in their last 8 matches
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Cronulla Sharks can take advantage of a weakened Canberra Raiders (Getty Images)

The Cronulla Sharks host the Canberra Raiders on Saturday in their final games before the finals. The Raiders recorded a strong victory over the Warriors at home last weekend, while the Sharks were given a touch-up by competition heavyweights Sydney Roosters.

Sharks Form & Team News


Although they have already been guaranteed a spot in the finals, the Sharks' season has been epitomised in the last month by a lack of consistency shown in their performances.

The Sharks were easily handled by the Roosters last weekend, going down 34-18, and they will be looking for a lift ahead of the finals.

Wade Graham shifts to the halves for the injured Shaun Johnson, where he has played plenty of football before.

Nene Macdonald replaces Sione Katoa on the wing, Mawene Hiroti for Josh Dugan at centre and Teig Wilton replaces Royce Hunt on the bench.

The Sharks team for Saturday can be found below:

1. Will Kennedy 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Mawene Hiroti 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Wade Graham 7. Connor Tracey 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10.Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Scott Sorensen 15.Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Teig Wilton 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Braydon Trindall 20.Bryson Goodwin 21. Daniel Vasquez

Raiders Form & Team News


The Canberra Raiders have been building strong momentum leading into the finals, recording a strong 26-14 win over a brave Warriors side last weekend.

In their last 13 matches, the Raiders have only lost three matches with all of them coming against top four sides in the Roosters, Storm and Panthers.

Massive restings for Raiders with Adam Cook replacing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad at fullback, Harley Smith-Shields and Matt Timoko replace Jarrod Croker and Jordan Rapana in the centres, and Matt Frawley and Sam Williams form a new halves pairing for Jack Wighton and George Williams.

John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead have also been rested with Hudson Young and Corey Harawira-Naera in the back-row. Josh Papalii and Joe Tapine are also out with Sia Soliola returning from injury at prop, Siliva Havili moving to lock with Tom Starling at hooker. Kai O'Donnell, Darby Medlyn and Jarrett Subloo join the bench.

The Raiders team list for Saturday can be found below:

1. Adam Cook 2. Semi Valemi 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Harley Smith-Shields 5. Nick Cotric 6. Matt Frawley 7. Sam Williams 8. Dunamis Lui 9. Tom Starling 10. Iosia Soliola 11.Hudson Young 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Siliva Havili 14. Kai O'Donnell 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Darby Medlyn 17. Jarrett Subloo 18. Ata Mariota 19. Joseph Tapine 20. Jack Wighton 21.Elliott Whitehead

Sharks vs Raiders Head To Head


The Sharks have won 23 of 41 matches over the Raiders. The Raiders won both matches between both sides last season, with an Aiden Sezer field goal securing a 15-14 win in extra time in their latest battle.

Sharks vs Raiders Betting Odds


In light of the Raiders' mass changes, Canberra are $2.25 outsiders. The Sharks are $1.65 to win with the line set at +2.5 points for the Raiders.

Sharks vs Raiders Match Up


Aaron Woods is a former New South Wales and Australian prop who will be out to make a statement against an understrength Raiders side. 

Standing in Woods' way will be Iosia Soliola in his first game back from a facial fracture, with the veteran forward set to lead an extremely inexperienced Raiders pack.

Sharks vs Raiders Key Stats


  • The last three matches between the Sharks and Raiders have been settled by 4 points or less.
  • The Sharks have gone WLWLWLWL in their last 8 matches.
  • The Raiders have only lost to the Panthers, Roosters and Storm in their last 13 matches.

Sharks vs Raiders FAQs

What time is the Sharks vs Raiders match?

The Sharks vs Raiders match is played at 5.30pm on Saturday, September 26.

Where is the Sharks vs Raiders match played?

The Sharks vs Raiders match is played at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney.

How can I live stream the Sharks vs Raiders match?

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Verdict

The Raiders have been playing outstanding football in the last month. But after losing most their side in changes, they will find it hard to beat the Sharks.

Best Bet: Sharks Win Match Result @-153.85 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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