One of the top clashes of the round will take place on Sunday afternoon when the Tigers take on the Storm at Leichardt Oval.
Wests are currently third on the ladder and could still finish in second spot on the ladder, possibly even win the Minor Premiership with a minor miracle. They come into this one on the back of two victories with their huge win over the Panthers and then last week’s two-point defeat of the Eels.
Melbourne may be out of premiership contention, but they could still be a thorn in the side of the Tigers here.
They have also won two from two, but the competition they faced was less imposing having beaten the Rabbitohs and then the Sharks, and would like nothing more than to roll one of the real premiership hot shots.
The Storm managed a narrow victory last time these two met back in Round 15 last season, but after the controversial season they’ve had and the Tigers keen for a home semi, we fancy the home side here.
The bookies are on our side too and Ladbrokes.com.au have the Wests as the $1.45 favourites ahead of the Storm at $2.82 as Melbourne have really only been able to cause an upset when playing at home lately.
Will be a gritty battle early but the Storm will tire of going through the motions and the Tigers will pull out the razzle-dazzle late and give the rowdy Leichardt crowd a great win.
History here is on the Tigers side too as they have won five of their six encounters with the Storm at Leichardt.
Footy Tip of the Match – Tigers to win by 13 – 18 points at $5.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Tigers $1.45 – $2.82 Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
With Melbourne more likely to be focused on their home game next week, this one will be a big win for the Tigers which is why we are tipping Wests to win by 13 – 18 points at $5.75 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Round 25 Tigers Team:
1. Wade McKinnon 2. Lote Tuqiri 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Beau Ryan 6. Benji Marshall 7. Robert Lui 8. Todd Payten 9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Liam Fulton 12. Gareth Ellis 13. Chris Heighington
Bench: 14. Andrew Fifita 15. John Skandalis 16. Simon Dwyer 17. Mitch Brown
Round 25 Storm Team:
1. Billy Slater 2. Dane Nielsen 3. Sika Manu 4. Greg Inglis 5. Justin O’Neill 6. Brett Finch 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jeff Lima 9. Cameron Smith 10. Brett White 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Adam Blair
Bench: 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe 15. Todd Lowrie 16. Bryan Norrie 17. Jesse Bromwich