The Canberra Raiders host Paul Gallen's Cronulla Sharks in NRL round 8 action, Sunday 2.pm. The bookmakers can't split these two teams with the current NRL Head to Head Odds seeing Canberra between $1.89 to $1.97 and Cronulla $1.91 up to $1.95. With the game basically considered 50/50 the bookies either don't list a line handicap or they post it as 0 or pickem. The early over under line has been listed as O/U40.5.
The Canberra Raiders: Having lost Terry Campese for the season the Raiders find themselves in a similar predicament to last season, with their season in the balance and continuing injuries concerns (Terry Campese, Brett White, Josh Dugan, Trevor Thurling). The Raiders struggled without Campese last season and have only won around 29% of games since 2009 without their star playmaker. Canberra coach David Furner has imposed an alcohol ban on his players which by some accounts has not been received well throughout the playing group. The Raiders are 3-4 with wins over the Titans (24-12), Tigers (30-16) and Warriors (32-12) while they have lost to the Storm (19-24), Roosters (8-14), Cowboys (6-22) and Broncos (6-30). In NRL betting results the Raiders are 3-4 -$115 against the line handicap and they are +$57 against the head to head odds.
Cronulla Sharks: The Cronulla Sharks sit in outright 3rd place on the ladder and they are looking for their 6th straight win when they travel down to the nations capital. Cronulla have averaged 15.71 points per game in attack which ranks them 10th in the league while their defense is ranked 2nd having allowed an average of only 13.57 points per game. Cronulla lost their first two games of the season going down to WST (16-17) and NEW (6-18) but from that point on they have strung together 5 wins on the trot, over MAN (17-14), NQ (20-14), PEN (15-14), STG (12-0) and PAR (24-18).
A quick scan of the odds on offer at the leading Online Bookmakers in the winning margin betting market reveals that currently the best odds for Canberra by 1-12 points is $3.35 (Pinnacle), Canberra by 13+ $4.45 (Luxbet) and for Cronulla by 1-12 points $3.35 (Pinnacle), Cronulla 13+ $4.65 (Sportsbet.com.au) while the draw option is $26
The verdict - Here at BetonFooty.com.au our numbers show value in the over under line and we have made a play on under 40.5. Without Campese the stats for Canberra change so no other plays for us here.