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NRL Betting Tips: Sunday Footy Round 5 Season 2019

Can Canberra contain pumped-up Parra?

The first of Sunday's games sees the Dragons and Bulldogs look to continue their recent good form when they clash heads in Kogarah.

Then, both the Raiders and Eels will lock horns, as they search for their fourth win from five. 

Want an assessment of all four team's chances? Read our match previews and NRL betting tips below.


St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canterbury Bulldogs 

NRL Odds: Dragons $1.45 (-6.0) / Bulldogs $2.65 (+6.0)

Dragons fans will be talking up Corey Norman as the buy of the century. 

The mercurial five-eighth won the second consecutive game for his new club with a field goal last week.

As thrilling as these wins have been, Paul McGregor will be hoping that his side can get the job done by a more comfortable margin this time.

They'll come up against the Dogs, who proved in Round 4 that they can mix it with the best, producing a trademark dogged display against the Storm.


Why Dragons can win

If you're judging these teams on paper, then the Red V have all the players to get the job done.

Tyson Frizell returns to the starting 13, and his value as one of the game's best forwards was highlighted with this clever piece of work in last round's win.


With the class and experience of Norman and Ben Hunt in the halves, and the devastating speed of Matthew Dufty at fullback, the Dragons have plenty of points in them.

But they'll need to complete their sets before they can think about laying on the points against a Bulldogs side that will be up for the fight.


Why Bulldogs can win

The Dogs fell agonizingly short of causing a boilover last time, with their loss to the Storm soured by an injury to key recruit Dylan Napa.

Napa joins Foran on the sidelines, leaving Canterbury's side looking light.

But the 2-point loss to the Storm showed that even this maligned side can play some brilliant attacking football, whilst doing there job in defence.

Nick Meaney and Jayden Okunbor both look like stars in the making, and will have to be good again for the Dogs to win here.


NRL Stats Key NRL Stat
  • Canterbury-Bankstown have won 7 of their previous 8 games against the Dragons: Bulldogs to win @ $2.65
NRL Betting Tip NRL Betting Tip: Dragons to cover the -6.0 point line @ $1.90

Reasoning: As good as the Dogs were in Melbourne, the Dragons look to be on the up and should win well.

NRL Betting Tip  2018 media tipster champ: Dragons

Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels

NRL Odds: Raiders $1.56 (-4.5) / Eels $2.40 (+4.5)

The two early surprise packets of 2019 do battle in what's set to be a cracking and hard fought contest.

The Raiders and Eels have been superb in both attack and defence in 2019.

And with their respective losses coming against the Storm and Roosters, both sets of fans will be confident of a win here.


Why Raiders can win

Expect a bumper crowd to turn out and get behind the Green Machine here, who have started the season in stellar fashion.

As well as returning to their home fortress, Canberra will be boosted by the return of talented and hard-running forward Joseph Tapine.

He'll come off the bench, and it's here where the Raiders look to have the advantage.

With the damaging Iosia Soliola, and the dynamic Siliva Havili also on the bench, the Raiders' second unit will certainly give this game a shake.

And with star play-maker Aidan Sezer also named on an extended bench, the Raiders have the depth to outlast Parramatta.


Why Eels can win

Parramatta are the most balanced they've been for a few years now.

They have got back to a hard running style of play that suits halfback Mitchell Moses down to the ground.

Moses is most damaging when he plays a running game off the back of quick play-the-balls.

With Clint Gutherson also continuing to show he's adept at making ground around the ruck, the Eels will look to win this game by surging through the meat of Canberra's defence.

With two in-form wingers, Parra also pose a threat out wide.


NRL Stats Key NRL Stat
  • Canberra have won their past 4 games against Parramatta: Raiders to win @ 1.56
NRL Betting Tip NRL Betting Tip: Canberra to win by a margin of 1-12 points @ $3.10

Reasoning: The Eels have been good and will ensure this is a close game.

But at home, and with plenty of power off the bench, look for the Raiders to scrape over the line.

NRL Betting Tip  2018 media tipster champ: Raiders

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