Tipping Point’s View: Rd 13 Tips

Our tipping guru is back for another week with his view on which teams will win, so if you are struggling in terms of who to pick in your tips this week, we have you well and truly covered.

Round 13 Tips

Season: 53/92 (58%) – Last week: 5/7 – Stand-outs: 5/12

At a glance: Broncos, Tigers, Raiders, Warriors, Storm, Roosters, Dragons, Cowboys
Stand-out: Roosters

Broncos v Sea Eagles, Suncorp Stadium
This should be a ripper contest in front of a massive Queensland crowd – and I’m sure they’ll make their feelings known to DCE. The Manly line-up is the best it has looked all year, but I just can’t go past the Broncos at home. They just seem to be able to get the job done and even without Parker (rest) I think they can squeak home.
Tip: Broncos

Tigers v Titans, Leichardt Oval
Two sides desperate for a win come together on FNF at the boutique Leichardt Oval in what is an absolute tipster’s nightmare. Instinctively you take the Tigers at home, but this is exactly the sort of the game the Titans win: backs to the wall, under the radar and away from home. While the signs point Titans I just can’t take them in current form. They’re a much weaker side without Bird and Falloon and even though they’ll come out all guns blazing after the DCE backflip, the Tiger cubs will be hell-bent on getting their season back on track. A Titans win would not surprise, though, especially with some rumoured late outs for Wests (Sironen, Nofoaluma in doubt).
Tip: Tigers

Knights v Raiders, Hunter Stadium
Argh, another awful game to tip. Both of these sides have been poor the last few weeks, but I think the Raiders have more upside: they’ve been great on the road this year as underdogs and with the Knights missing their 6, 7 and possibly Gidley and Gagai as well I think they’re ripe for the picking.
Tip: Raiders

Rabbitohs v Warriors, NIB Stadium
This is a really interesting match-up, especially given it’s been played in Perth which makes for a looong road trip for the Warriors. While the Bunnies have a great record over New Zealand and a great record in Perth, I reckon the Warriors will be too good for Souths. Without Reynolds they really struggle to score points and this Warriors side is really starting to build momentum. I’ll go for the upset but you can never be too confident with the Warriors.
Tip: Warriors

Panthers v Storm, Pepper Stadium
Look-out Penrith: the Storm rarely deliver consecutive poor performances and I expect the Panthers to feel the brunt of a fired-up Melbourne outfit smarting after their thrashing at the hands of the Chooks. The Panthers will also be without Moylan and Soward will be playing hurt, so they’ll really be up against it. It’ll be a willing contest but the Storm should get home.
Tip: Melbourne

Sharks v Roosters, Remondis Stadium
Wow, the Roosters were superb last week in disassembling the Storm while the Sharks were absolutely diabolical against the Dragons. As a result I don’t think there’s much chance of the Sharks repeating their upset win in round five over the Roosters. Forget about their barren patch earlier this season, the Roosters are warming up in 2015 and the Sharks could be in trouble – even with Gallen expected to return.
Tip: Roosters

Bulldogs v Dragons, ANZ Stadium
It’s incredible to think that a side that’s won eight of its last nine matches could go in as underdogs against a side that’s won five games all year, but that’s how the market has been framed. The Dogs are approaching full strength and with Brett Morris rumoured to be returning for this game there’s every chance they can knock-off the Dragons, but I’ll take the side in form any day. Dugan, Marshall, Widdop and Rein are in a purple patch, and the Dragons pack is muscling up week-in week-out. I think they’ll make a big statement with a win over the Dogs on Monday afternoon.
Tip: Dragons

Eels v Cowboys, Pirtek Stadium
Round 13 concludes with the Eels hosting the Cowboys, who will be out to make it 10 wins on the trot. The Cowboys have a good record over the Eels, a good record on MNF but more importantly they are the form team in the comp and I don’t think Parramatta will be able to match it with them.
Tip: Cowboys

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