NRL Round 18 – Match 1 Betting Preview: Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans

The Tigers taking on the Titans, the number threes playing the number fours, it doesn’t get much better than this Friday night footy showdown!

With both the Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans well on their way to a spot in September footy this season, this match will separate the premiership contenders from the pretenders as they are currently tied on 22 competition points at the moment.

When having a punt on this one at Ladbrokes.com.au keep in mind who is backing up from Wednesday night’s Origin. This gives the Tigers a big advantage as they had no one in Origin III so are at full strength, except for the loss of Gareth Ellis to injury, while the Titans have Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird returning from Origin.

Don’t forget too that the Tigers have the home ground advantage at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, and even though the Titans have won a few away this season, it’s always hard to go past the Tigers at any of their home venues.

Their lack of Origin players and the home ground advantage make the Tigers a good pick here, and they are the hot $1.60 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au to win.

However if you like the look of the Titans’ juicy $2.35 odds, remember Scott Prince is due to return from his hamstring injury, which will boost the Gold Coast’s confidence and prospects.

Tigers have had the better recent form winning five of their last six including their narrow 16 – 14 win over the Broncos last week, while the Titans are fresh off a bye.

Even though some of their wins have been lucky, we like the Tigers here at home on a Friday night.

Footy Tip of the Match – Tigers to win by 4 points at $15 through Ladbrokes.com.au

NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:

A close match is on the cards here, so look at the Exact Winning Margin bets at Ladbrokes.com.au. We are saying Wests by four at $15 odds.

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Tigers $1.60 – Titans $2.35 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 18 Tigers Team:

1. Wade McKinnon 2. Lote Tuqiri 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Geoff Daniela 6. Benji Marshall 7. Robert Lui 8. Bryce Gibbs 9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Todd Payten 12. Liam Fulton 13. Chris Heighington

Bench: 14. Mark Flanagan 15. Junior Moors 16. Simon Dwyer 17. Daniel Fitzhenry

Reserves: 18. Mitch Brown 19. Andrew Fifita

Round 18 Titans Team:

1. Preston Campbell 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Mat Rogers 4. Bodene Thompson 5. William Zillman 6. Greg Bird 7. Scott Prince (c) 8. Luke Bailey 9. Nathan Friend 10. Michael Henderson 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ashley Harrison

Bench: 14. Brad Meyers 15. Matthew White 16. Luke O’Dwyer 17. Ryan James

Reserve: 18. Steve Michaels