Wests host Canterbury in NRL Round 18 Friday Night Footy. The Tigers are underdogs with the Bookmakers latest NRL Odds seeing them priced between $2.30 up to $2.40 while Canterbury are priced between $1.60 up to $1.645. In the popular Line Handicap market most bookies are running with a line of Wests +4 Canterbury -4 (with +/-3.5 also available).
Wests: Tim Sheens' Tigers have had a mixed season which sees them with 8 wins and 7 losses, positioning them in 8th spot on the ladder. Wests have averaged 21.13 points per game while allowing an average of 20.60 for a +.53 differential. In recent NRL scores and results the Tigers have lost to Newcastle (20-38) and Sydney (28-42) and had wins against Melbourne (10-6) and Canberra (40-0). The loss against the Roosters was somewhat understandable with the players receiving news of the sad passing of Robbie Farah's mother close to game time. The loss to Newcastle was more of a surprise however having had the bye last week one would think that the team has had time re-group. In betting results this season the Tigers are 6-9 (-$330) against the line handicap and they are showing a loss of -$251.40 against the head to head odds (for $100 bets each week).
Canterbury: Des Hasler sure does have his troops performing well, with 10 wins and 5 losses they are sitting in 2nd spot on the ladder and have themselves looking good for a top 4 finish. The Bulldogs have averaged 22.2 points per game while conceding 14.47 for a positive differential of +7.73. In NRL Line Betting Results the Bulldogs are 11-3-1 (+$745) against the Line Handicap bet and they are +$416.10 against the money line odds. In recent results the Bulldogs have beaten the Storm (20-4), Dragons (28-20) and Rabbitohs (23-18) and had the bye.
Wests v Canterbury History: The past nine regular season games between Wests and Canterbury sees the Bulldogs holding the advantage 5-4. The home v away record is 5-4 and the starting favourite has won 4 times and the underdog has caused the upset 5 times. Eight out of the nine games has seen the team who wins straight up also cover the line handicap bet. The average game total is 40.33
The Prediction - BetonFooty.com.au's handicapping shows a little value on the Bulldogs in the head to head market, but not enough for us to make a play. With a bit of wet weather about in Sydney we will keep an eye out on the over under total once the bookies post their number.