NRL Sunday: Dragons v Sharks, predictions & odds, round 5, 2020
This is a derby between teams which harbour a fair bit of animosity towards each other,
For this Cronulla v St George clash the big talking point of course has been the abysmal efforts of the Dragons since the resumption; they have lost 18-0 to the NZ Warriors and were thrashed 22-2 by the Bulldogs.
Their try-less efforts have been inept to say the least and piled the pressure on coach Paul McGregor, who will be hoping his players get up for the match against their arch rivals.
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St George Illawarra can’t even blame their woes on a weak line-up; indeed they have such stars as Ben Hunt, Corey Norman, Paul Vaughan and Tyson Frizell in their ranks.
Meanwhile, the Sharks got off the mark for 2020 with a 26-16 win against North Queensland last weekend and have been bolstered by the return of star prop Andrew Fifita and halfback Chad Townsend.
Read on for our best bets and winner prediction for the Dragons v Sharks clash in Sydney on Sunday, May 31.
Dragons v Sharks odds
Kick-off: 6.30pm local time
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
Head to head odds: St George Illawarra $2.90, Cronulla $1.42
Line betting: St George Illawarra (+6.5 points) $1.81, Cronulla (-6.5 points) $2
Match total: 38.5 points: over $1.90, under $1.90
Dragons v Sharks free betting tips
Below our NRL betting expert has highlighted his free tips for the Dragons v Sharks clash.
Cronulla -6.5 points at $2
We expect St George Illawarra to really come out hard after the barrage of criticism they have copped in the days since their humiliation by the Bulldogs, but Cronulla were impressive beating the Cowboys and regain a real star in Fifita. Take the $2 with Unibet.
Match total over 38.5 points at $1.90
The Dragons have been held try-less for their past two games. That seems unlikely to happen again. We are happy to bet on a bit of a reversal of fortune here and bet that it will be a higher-scoring match.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks prediction
The Broncos on Thursday night showed how teams can quickly bounce back when the head has been turned on them by the media and thei fans. But just as the Broncos fell short in their match against Manly, we think the Dragons will struggle to get the win here. The Sharks by 10 points or so. Good punting.
Dragons v Sharks lowdown
Fox League and KAYO will telecast the game, or it can be streamed at NRL.com.
All of the top International betting sites will offer markets on the NRL.
The game will kick off at 6.30pm local time.
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