Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders Betting Tips & Match Preview
Canberra Raiders head to Campbelltown Stadium to face Wests Tigers on Saturday night as strong favourites to bounce back from last week's defeat to the Newcastle Knights.
Three wins from three prior to the no-show against the Knights, the Raiders will have a point to prove against a Wests side which is now 2-2 for the season after losing to the Gold Coast Titans in Round 4.
Tigers Form & Team News
Wests lose a high-scoring affair last week as they went down 28-23 to the Titans at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Defensive errors proved costly for Michael Maguire's side as they slipped out of the eight with a 2-2 record for the opening four rounds.
They will need to improve without the ball on Saturday and Maguire has swung the axe, Robert Jennings, Benji Marshall, Luke Garner, Oliver Clark and Billy Walters all left out. Tommy Talau, Josh Reynolds, Zane Musgrove, Chris Lawrence come into the starting line-up with Russell Packer and Michael Chee-Kam named on the bench.
The Wests team for Saturday can be found below:
1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Moses Mbye, 5. Tommy Talau, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Zane Musgrove, 11. Luciano Leilua, 12. Chris Lawrence, 13. Alex Twal. Interchange: 14. Thomas Mikaele, 15. Russell Packer, 16. Michael Chee-Kam, 17. Alex Seyfarth. Reserves: 18. Benji Marshall, 19. Luke Garner, 20. Billy Walters, 21. Corey Thompson
Raiders Form & Team News
The Raiders were very disppointing last week as they lost 34-18 to the Knights, bringing an end to their perfect start to the 2020 season.
Ricky Stuart resists the urge to make changes by naming an unchanged 17 for the trip to Campbelltown Stadium. Jack Wighton is named to line up after undergoing return-to-play concussion protocols.
The Canberra team for Saturday can be found below:
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Nick Cotric, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. Joseph Tapine, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Corey Horsburgh. Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Emre Guler, 16. Iosia Soliola, 17. Jordan Rapana. Reserves: 18. Tom Starling, 19. Matt Frawley, 20. Ryan Sutton, 21. Michael Oldfield
Tigers v Raiders Head to Head
The Raiders have dominated the Tigers, winning six of the last seven meetings between the sides. The won the last two head to heads including a 28-0 victory in this fixture in June 2019.
Tigers v Raiders Betting Odds
The Raiders are clear favourites to return to winning ways with Sportsbet
making them $1.45 to take the points. Wests are $2.75 to score a rare recent win over Canberra.
The line has been set at -8.5 points.
Tigers v Raiders Match Up
The Knights showed the normally mean Green Machine defence can be breached last week as Canberra coughed up 34 points having conceded just 18 combined in the three previous games. Wests will need to find a way to repeat that, but they had defensive problems of their own. The match will hinge on who makes the fewest defensive errors.
Tigers v Raiders Key Stats
- The Raiders have won six of their past seven games against Wests Tigers.
- That includes victories for Canberra in the last two meetings
- The Raiders are 2-0 on the road this season