NRL Round 8 – Match 7 Preview: Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters

The first match on Sunday afternoon is another tricky one to pick with a number of interesting factors thrown into the mix, including the fact that these are the first two teams to play one another a second time this season.

The Tigers are suffering some major injury woes at the moment and have been well out of form. To try and get a bit of momentum back, skipper Robbie Farah will play as halfback taking over from Blake Lazarus as coach Tim Sheens tries to put an end to their losing streak.

Hopefully this move will also ignite Benji Marshall to be a bit more explosive than he has been so far.

Wests have now lost their last two games after they went down to the in-form Panthers 26 – 18 last week and are also still playing without Robert Lui (knee) and Tim Moltzen who has been ruled out of the whole season.

Despite their two consecutive losses and weakened team, the bookies have the Tigers installed as the favourites, currently at $1.52 with Ladbrokes.com.au, probably due to the fact that the Roosters have a few injury worries of their own.

Instrumental Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce will not be lining up this week after fracturing his shoulder and to replace him the talented Todd Carney will take his place while Anthony Minichiello moves into the number one jersey.

They are big changes and it will be interesting to see if the players can step up and fill the void Pearce’s absence has created in the team.

The Roosters are coming off a hard ANZAC day loss to the Dragons, which was their third loss of the season. Sydney have played some really impressive and entertaining footy this year, but they have also been a little hit and miss.

Since their first two wins in Round 1 & 2, they have lost one then won the next over rounds 3 – 7. So looking at this record they are due for a win this round.

When these two played each other back in Round 2, it was the Roosters who came away with the win 44 – 32, but that was at their home ground at Sydney Football Stadium and this week the Tigers have that advantage.

Wests are great at home and so even though it will be a tight one, we will stick with them here, though could regret it later if Carney and the boys have it their way!

Current Head-to-Head Odds: Tigers $1.52 – Roosters $2.60 Ladbrokes.com.au